Hot steamy idli, freshly brewed filter coffee and ghee roast masala dosa is what we can call our soul food and the mazza gets doubled when it has desi tadka to it, where no city aesthetic is involved and food is local and rustic. Delhiites and their bonafide love for South Indian breakfast made us find some iconic street food places for you which are value for your money and would satiate your craving for roadside stalls serving hot and tangy sambar while you enjoy it with your gang. 

Here are the top 5 South Indian Food Joints (Standing):


1.MATHEW’S CAFE – RK Puram, often called the mini Tamil Nadu of the Capital, has this amazing eatery called  Mathew’s Cafe. It began as a roadside stall in 1983, outside the Delhi Tamil Sangam Community Centre. Their food is rustic, authentic and scrumptious and if you are visiting them, you can’t miss their delicious Kurma with Parotta.

Address: Shop no. 10, Sector 5, RK Puram, New Delhi 

Must try: Parotta Kurma 

2.KUTTY’S JANTAR MANTAR – Kutty’s has been serving its customers since 1987 at reasonable prices. This place also offers North Indian food but is quite famous for its South Indian delicacies. It doesn’t offer you any sitting, but clearly that was never a reason for its customers to not go there. This small 35 year old food stall serving mouth-watering South Indian food is a hit for Delhiites. 

Address: Janpath 7/9, Jantar Mantar Road, New Delhi

Must try : Crispy Paper Thin Dosa 

3.ANNA CAFE  [OPPOSITE NIFT] – Another such street stall that has been selling amazing South Indian food for the past 10 years is Anna Cafe opposite NIFT college. The spot is always crowded by young college students craving for crispy hot dosas.

Address:  A 15/A, Market Lane, Block E, Hauz Khas (Opposite NIFT)

Must try : Idli Sambar

4.ANNA DURGA DOSA-  They say street food is the real food of any city, and for a city like Delhi, which has welcomed every flavour, South Indian remains one of the most comforting foods. This stall has been making the most lip smacking Paneer Dosa from the past 15 years and locals love eating here. This place is super economical and their food is worth your every penny.

Address: Lodhi Colony, New Delhi

Must try : Uttapam and Paneer Dosa

5.KANAGAM FAST FOOD-  With extremely low prices and value for money, Kanagam Fast Food serves pretty amazing South Indian food. They have been known for their spicy yet tasty sambar that goes well with their light and fluffy idli. For authentic South Indian street food, don’t forget to check this place out.

Address: Bus Stand, Fruit Market, N Block, Near Saket Terminal, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017

Must try: Paneer Dosa and Idli Sambar


1.KARNATAKA FOOD CENTRE – Another gem from mini Tamil Nadu or RK Puram is Karnataka Food Centre. It has canteen-style interiors and ambience and because it is a State Bhawan Canteen, it serves authentic Kannada Cuisine. You might find it tough to get a table if you are specially going for breakfast, but their food is worth your money and time. 

Address: Sector 12, Rama Krishna Puram, New Delhi, Delhi 110022

Must try: Ghee Masala Dosa, Coconut Dosa

2.MYSORE CAFE- If you are a foodie looking for mouth-watering South Indian food, you cannot miss this cafe, opened in 1978 which has small comfortable seating and opens at 6:30 AM. This eatery is famous for its authenticity and taste and  effortlessly tries to put the real taste of Mysore on your plate. This place has been a meeting point for generations and it has witnessed many MP’s coming and relishing the delicacy. With the limited menu and economical prices, it’s definitely a hit. 

Address: South Avenue Market, Near Sena Bhawan, India Gate, New Delhi

Must try : Paniyaram 

3.CHIDAMBARAM-  Chidambaram, the new Madras Hotel is a small cosy restaurant serving the best Tamil food at reasonable prices for the people of the capital. Started by PG Chidambaram from Vanur-tindivanam in 1930, the restaurant  offers you an extensive range of uttapams, dosas and a variety of rice based dishes. Don’t forget to try their hot and tangy gunpowder with steamy idli. 

Address:  Shop No.7 , Khanna Market, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Must try:  Dahi Vada, Idli with gunpowder

4.DELHI HAAT – INA-  Delhi Haat, facilitated by Delhi Tourism Ministry, showcases the panorama of heritage and culture. It provides and promotes ethnic and regional cuisine from all over the country with authentic food. One of the food stalls available there is Tamil Nadu which serves amazing varieties of dosa and other South-Indian delicacies. It’s quite light on your pocket, so don’t forget to try it on your next visit to Delhi Haat. 

Address: Delhi Haat, INA , Nearest Metro Station INA

Must try: Ghee Roast Masala Dosa 

5. INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE– The ‘old unchanged menu’ of Indian Coffee House reflects how still time is. So if you are looking for some lowkey place to enjoy your dosa, then make sure to visit this place and try their Keema Dosa which will surely be a delight to your taste buds. And if you love your dosa with a hot cup of coffee then do order their classic hot espresso which remains one of the constant orders by the customers here.

 Address: Mohansingh Place 2nt floor, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, near P V R rivoli

 Must try: Keema Dosa, Hot Espresso Coffee And Mutton Cutlet 

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Jasmeen is an aspiring food writer. Writing and studying about food has always intrigued her a lot, knowing it’s history, anthropology and why we eat what we eat. Her crazy passion about food and tantalising food buds has always inspired her to be a better food writer and person.

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