An unexpected stop at a famous destination for idli fanatics. We went to Triplicane to do some last minute shopping for Eid. Once we were done with it, my wife, another obsessive Idli consumer, asked if we could have something to eat – Idlis maybe? Luckily we were on Triplicane High Road, home to the famous Ratna Cafe, famous for its vegetarian food especially the delicious idli and sambar. This road is also renowned for another hangout with the locals – the Murugan Idli Shop.
The Murugan Idli Shop has it’s origins in the temple city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. It has been there in Madurai for more than 15 years and only recently about a year back was it launched in Chennai. Apart form Idlis, they have other mouth watering dishes too like dosai, vada, ghee and sweet pongal etc.
We decided to go there because for a long time we always wanted to go but couldn’t find the time. So we went in. It was a very clean restaurant and was crowded. On entering, the wonderful smell of sambar filled our nostrils. Wow! Heavenly! Nothing beats a South Indian Sambar, right? We sat next to the window facing the road, the red neon lights full on our faces. The waiter came and placed banana leaves instead of plates. Then another came and put two chutneys and went. Both looked the same under the neon lights! Then another waiter came and we asked for the idlis. Within minutes, hot steaming idlis was brought along with hot sambar, coconut and peanut chutney. Within minutes all the idlis disappeared! The idlis were really soft and with the sambar and chutneys were a real treat. Yummy! Afifa enjoyed it also. The second serving also disappeared and we decided that it was enough for the night. We had to get back home. Nothing ends a good South Indian meal without a South India filter coffee. The idlis cost 8.5 rupees a piece. Not bad.
So anyone interested in Idlis when in Chennai, just go to the Triplicane Murugan Idli Shop and have a great time. More details can be found here – MuruganIdliShop.com
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