-Gaayathri Sukantha, I Year B.A. Fine Arts
As part of the celebrations for Madras Week, the Mylapore Food Walk was held with Sridhar Venkataraman being the host for the Food Walk. With typical South Indian snacks and sweets, Mylapore drew in a large crowd and this specific area was chosen for the walk due its historical significance.
People started arriving gradually as the event was about to begin, with the starting point being Indian Bank. The first place we visited was Selvi Stores, but it was closed for the day. Here, you can find differently flavored sevai, idlis with their special idli powder, and kozhukkattais (modhaks) – all ready to eat and freshly made everyday.
Our next stop was Nithya Amirtham, which is similar to Saravana Bhavan or other restaurants that serve typical South Indian food (idlis, dosas, etc.) A little way onwards came Senthil Softy Zone. As the name suggests, you can get Softys here along with a variety of other bakery items such as puffs and cakes.
We walked for another 10 minutes to reach Thirumayilai Varukadalai Nilayam, where they sold peanuts. Next, we went to Sri Annapoorani Sweets, famous for their Medhu Pakoda. Bharathy Mess, another place that sells South Indian food, was taken a glance at as there were several more places ahead of us.
Near the Kapaleeswarar temple, is the famous Jannal Kadai. It’s a window through which Bajjis and Bondas are sold. Right opposite that was another branch of the sevai store; Here, they also had moru koozhu, which is a savory dish made of curd and rice flour, with fried dried curd chillies (more milagai). After that came the famous Mami Tiffen Stall which, yet again, sold South Indian tiffin food. Kaalathi Seidhiththal Kadai was our next stop, near Chitrakulam. This newspaper shop is known for their Rose Milk and Paneer Soda. The walk ended at Ganapathy’s, a sweet shop, also near Chitrakulam.
With interestingly named shops, and small tiffin stalls serving just what the proud Chennaites need, the aim of the Mylapore Food Walk was not only to educate the people on the history of the area, but to also find inexpensive food stalls in Mylapore, around the temple and temple tank, and satisfy the hunger of many.