One of the many highlights of a Chennai visit is the culinary experience. Chennai, in the south of India, has many different types of cuisine. Saravana Bhavan is a local joint where every visitor must stop by to sample the vegetarian local cuisine of Chennai.
Pictured here is what's called a Saravana Special Meal and it comes with 12 medium sized containers filled with liquids such as sambar, rasam, vegetables, yogurt, chips and 4 smaller containers that include oil, powder, and pickles.
These meals are accompanied by rice and fluffy pooris or thin wheat chapatis. These are different types of bread that are used to scoop up the vegetables and eaten typically with your hand. Chapati is an unleavened bread. The sambar and rasam liquids are used to pour on top of the rice, which is then mixed together and then eaten with a spoon or your hand.
As you empty out each container, you stack each one - as shown in the picture. Eating here is an experience one should not miss. It'll give you insight into the flavors and spices used in the south.
Tip: Visit the Mylapore location and see the temple before or after lunch. Don't be fooled by thinking it's a chain restaurant - it's one of the best in Chennai.