Be it the pleasant “not too hot/cold” climate, low crime rate, nearby hill stations, and more, Coimbatore is blessed in many ways.
In my opinion, there is also one more great reason to love Coimbatore, and that is the rich street food culture the city has to offer.
Coimbatore is an industrial city. Hence, people from all over India live harmoniously here.
The pure diversity also reflects in the city’s foodie scene – from north Indian items like Gol Gappa, Bhel Puri, and more to the south’s own Paniyaram, bhajis, and bonds, you can find a flavor to meet anyone’s tastes and preferences here in Coimbatore.
Top 10 street food in Coimbatore you must try
If you live in Coimbatore or plan to travel there, make sure to immerse yourself in these top 10 street foods you will find there.
The Biggest Dosa Menu Ever
Onion dosa, Podi dosa, Tomato dosa, Kaalan dosa, etc… Coimbatore has lots of delicious dosa varieties you can try. You can enjoy it with hot Sambar & Coconut chutney. They are super healthy, and you can taste them piping hot as street shops cook & serve them live before your eyes.
Kaalan (Mushroom Gumbo)
Made by boiling fried mushroom, onion, and other veggies in a thick masala broth until it reaches a porridge-like consistency, Kaalan has many fans in the city. People crowd around shops that sell them in the evening, engaging in chatter & relishing this Chaat-inspired dish.
Also called Paddu and Kuzhi Paniyaram, this wonderful street snack is like idli but is made with a rice batter which is garnished with black lentils, sauteed onions, green chilies, and carrot and cooked in a mold to give it its iconic golf-ball like shape. Team it with spicy tomato chutney & or our all-time favorite coconut chutney, and you are sure to enjoy it heartily.
The favorite tea-time snack for Coimbatore people, Bhajji varieties like Vaazakka (green banana), bhajji, chili Bhajji, Pazha bhajji, bread bhaji are flying off the shelves daily.
Sliced thinly & dipped in a seasoned maida batter and deep-fried to a golden brown, this snack, when enjoyed with a spicy chilly chutney or ketchup, makes for a fast hunger destroyer and can be consumed while on the move.
It may be a north Indian Chaat item, but people in Coimbatore love it SO much; You can literally find a Bhelpuri stall on almost every street here. Chaat-inspired & masala heavy, there are onions, Puri’s, Pori (Puffed rice), carrots, Pudina leaves, etc., a curry made from chickpea is then poured on it & is served hot to the awaiting customers. It’s so tasty you are sure to ask for seconds.
Gol Gappa/Pani Puri
Coimbatore’s love affair with Gol Gappa aka Pani Puri is legendary thanks to the huge north Indian population. It’s super easy to eat, just pop the hollow puri and fill it with masala-rich chickpeas or aloo along with onions & carrots. Dip it in tangy tamarind water & pop it into your mouth & wait for the explosion of flavors. It’s so good!
India’s own answer to western burgers, Vada Pav is made using a fried Vada (masala Aloo patty) smashed between two toasted buns. This popular snack goes well with Mango Chutney and Ketchup.
In Coimbatore, however, spicy Chilli/Tomato chutney is the most preferred. Even if you have just two minutes, you can thoroughly enjoy a Vada Pav and be on your way.
As Indians, we love our Samosa. But Coimbatore is crazy about it more. For many here, tea-time means Samosa time. The dish is made crunchy as the pastry outside is deep-fried to perfection, while the masala aloo (or even chicken) inside will kill your hunger. Ketchup goes amazing with this snack. You can also enjoy it with Mint chutney if you prefer.
From the “tuk-tuk” sounds of its preparation to its killer flavor and aroma, Muttai Parotta is not just a dish in Coimbatore; rather, it’s a feeling. Pour some Korma in & your tummy will be full in no time. It is made using shredded parotta, fried onions, carrots, and peas. In some shops, they even add chicken slices for more amazing flavors!
Is the summer heat in Coimbatore too tiring for you? Beat the heat with a cool glass of Kambam Koozu – an organic cold drink made from Kambam (millet rice), curd, ginger, chili, and cumin. This drink will quickly cool your body and give it energy. It’s also rich in minerals and vitamins like iron amino acids, calcium, zinc, vitamin A, B, E, and more.
Frequently asked questions
1. Is street food in Coimbatore costly?
Not at all. The street food in Coimbatore is known for being light on the wallet & still delivering quantity and healthiness. You can happily binge on them all day.
2. Is Coimbatore a good tourist place?
Aside from its amazing street food options, Coimbatore is well known for its picturesque tourist attractions like Siruvani dam, Monkey falls, Pollachi, Cholayar Dam, and Vaitheki falls. Hill stations like Ooty & Kodaikanal are also nearby.
3. How good is Coimbatore’s dining cuisine?
Called the kongunadu cuisine, the foods here in Kovai are all about masala, hotness, and flavors. Kerala inspired food items are high in demand here, as well as northern and Chinese dishes.
4. Are there any big malls in Coimbatore?
If shopping is in your mind, we recommend visiting Brookfield’s mall in South Kovai and the prozone mall in Peelamedu. They both also have amazing food courts!
Walking the busy streets of Kovai on a breezy evening with a plate of your favorite street food is definitely an awesome experience. You will never forget it.
The best time to visit the city is in late summer (March to June). The warm climate with a bit of light breeze to cool you is sure to make the street food you’ll taste here even better.
If you want to know more about Coimbatore’s street food or have any questions, reach out to us in the comments below. We will be happy to help.