Situated in the Idukki district of Kerala, Munnar is a picturesque hill station, known for its lush green tea plantation, breathtaking views, exotic wildlife, and pleasant climate. Besides its natural beauty, the most irresistible part of Munnar’s appeal is and has always been its utterly delectable food.

Of course, the lip-smacking charm of South Indian dishes like dosas and idlis is no secret to inland tourists. However, what most people don’t know is that Munnar has a thriving street food culture that stirs to life when the sun goes down. From Puttu and Kadala curry to Appams with stew, the sheer diversity of Munnar food will make it hard for you to choose the menu.

But don’t worry, this list of ‘Best Local Food in Munnar’ will guide you to the dishes of Munnar you absolutely cannot afford to miss while you’re here.

Top 9 Street Food in Munnar 

  1. Idiyappam with Egg Curry
  2. Puttu and Kadala Curry
  3. Appam with Stew
  4. Kerala Prawn Curry
  5. Spicy Chicken Fry
  6. Kairali Thali
  7. Kerala Style Beef Fry
  8. Kerala Style Fish Curry 
  9. Kerala Biryani 

Idiyappam with Egg Curry

Colloquially known as Noolappam, Idiyappam is made of simple ingredients like rice flour, salt, and water. As mundane as that sounds, it is really the pairing of this palatable item with different kinds of curries, such as egg or chicken, that is responsible for its magical taste. Idiyappam is a famous street food in Munnar that you can find at every nook and corner.

  • Puttu and Kadala Curry

The mascot of Kerala’s cuisine, Puttu is a steamed rice cake made with coconut shavings. It is served alongside Kadala curry, which is cooked with black chickpeas and infused with aromatic herbs and spices. 

  • Appam with Stew

This might just be the most soothing dish you have ever had in your life. Characterised by a soft, thick centre and paper-thin edges, Appams are like rice pancakes that you can have an unlimited amount of. Pair them with a vegetable or chicken stew and discover the true meaning of gourmet bliss.

  • Kerala Prawn Curry

If you are fond of seafood, you will love this simple yet delicious meal. It is essentially a traditional prawn curry sprinkled with spices, dipped in a copious amount of coconut milk and jaggery, and topped off with some curry leaves.

  • Spicy Chicken Fry

Served on a banana leaf, Munnar’s version of Chicken Fry is tossed with a mouthwatering infusion of onions, garlic, chillies, coriander, and vinegar. As you can probably tell, this dish will instantly fire up your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

  • Kairali Thali

Although Malabar cuisine is more famous for catering to non-vegetarians, this dish is specially curated for vegetarians. It comprises Payasam, Vegetable Pachadi, Mixed veg Thoran, rice with Sambar and Rasam, and many other dishes garnished with crushed coconut.

  • Kerala Style Beef Fry

This well-cooked beef liberally coated with ginger-garlic paste, mustard, and curry leaves is best had with Malabar parotas, which are thick pieces of fried bread. It is absolutely sensational and must not be missed.

  • Kerala Style Fish Curry 

If you enjoy fish, you should definitely try this popular local food in Munnar. The combination of coconut and kokum lends a unique salty and dour flavour to the dish. Moreover, the dish has an extremely high nutritional content and is full of fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. You can pair the steaming hot Fish curry with Hot rice. 

  • Kerala Biriyani


For Biriyani enthusiasts, Kerala Biriyani or Thalassery Biriyani is a must-have dish. It’s made of Kaima rice, a special type of Basmati rice, used in most of Kerala’s biryani. This biryani undergoes slow cooking for over two hours, enhancing its rich flavours.

Top places to visit while savouring the best foods of Kerela

In addition to walking down Post Office Road, one of the top places to visit in Munnar, and experiencing the street food culture in all its glory, you can also sample the local food of Munnar during your stay at Club Mahindra’s Munnar resort in Kerala. The expert chefs cater to the preferences of children and adults with the sole purpose of making your family vacation comfortable. While there are many Munnar resorts to choose from, this delightful resort is laden with all the essential amenities and also offers many indoor and outdoor holiday activities in Munnar for the family to enjoy together.

Read through these Club Mahindra reviews & get a sneak peek of what Club Mahindra members have to say about this resort in Munnar.

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