We actually had breakfast like a king at Murugan Idli Shop! A superb place to have breakfast if you are in Chennai!
We had breakfast like a king when we were in Chennai, particularly when we went to Murugan Idli Shop. Chennai, according to me, is the land of idly dosa specially when one compares it to what you get in Bangalore.
I love Bangalore, but let’s face it. The sambhar here sucks (apologies to those who love it). When I eat here, I look for places which serve Chennai kind of sambhar. So, for me, the trip to Chennai, apart from the usual relatives and friends meeting is the trip to gorge on idli, dosa and tons of sambhar.
The minute we started planning for a Chennai trip my mind starts parallel planning as to when can I go to Murugan Idli Shop and if I can squeeze more than one visit there.
I was in Chennai for 3 days and had 2 mornings for breakfast and in my mind had planned it for both the days 😉 Unfortunately, the first day didn’t happen as we went to the beach at 5am in the morning and were really hungry at 7am. But the shop opens only at 8, so that day we had our breakfast at Hot Chips which is not too bad in itself but really can’t be compared to the Murugan Idli Shop.
So, the next day morning promptly at 9am, 4 hungry souls reached the shop and after a little wait, grabbed a seat. I say grabbed a seat because that’s what we literally did. N saw one table with banana leaves folded and declared this is where we have to sit and we all promptly plonked ourselves there. After 2 minutes came a family who had just finished eating and gone to wash their hands, had ordered coffee too, it was a totally facepalm moment I tell you. Luckily, they were nice people and said they didn’t want the coffee anyway and went off without us having to get up and stand in the waiting queue which was beginning to form outside.
We started with the customary idli wada, sambhar and various chutneys.
And if I say they are best idlies I have ever eaten in my life. Trust me, there is no exaggeration involved and this when the idlies in my house are pretty soft. But these are just melt in your mouth kind of idlies, but let me warn you addictive very addictive. Like N says that you keep on eating them because one gets over before you even realise. The vada is crisp with little bit of chilli and pepper in between, just as it should be.
The four chutneys that they were finger licking yum, the sambhar perfect tamil sambhar just rightly spiced but if you ask me for the star of the accompaniments, then it is the podi that is served with gingelly oil, spicy smooth and totally different from what one usually gets as a podi everywhere. I wonder if he would have given me the recipe if I asked. I have been dreaming about it ever since.
If you ask me, I could go on and on eating the idlies if not for the other things on the menu. The yummy all time favorite of everyone, the masala dosa.
We also eat a plate of pongal and two plates of paniyarams between the 3.5 of us but we were in such a hurry to eat that we forgot to click pictures of them. Also, I was afraid that one of the other two will actually hit me if I don’t let me eat and keep clicking pics 😛 With a satisfied and very very full stomach we ordered the brilliant tasting filter coffee and not to be missed at any cost chakra pongal (the sweet jaggery pongal) and that could have been the only way to finish the super awesome breakfast that we had.
If you are in Chennai, this is certainly a place you should not miss at any cost. I guarantee you the breakfast you will always remember 🙂
And dear Deej, this post is for you darling. Not just one dosa, I eat many things in your name :P.