Of Chaats, Pondicherry and Cbe!!

Well its been a long time since i wrote something. I can’t think about anything.Problem is I’m working and drinking tankard fulla coffees all the time, also I’m one of the lucky one who gets to travel through the country side and a lotta construction sites. Boy aren’t there guys converting all the fields into something much more productive and yeah now we know why we have so much of crisis for food products here in INDIA.

All this cribbing apart now I’m home..as Simon and Garfunkel said every stranger’s face reminds me of all those people i know here. I mean now that I’m in pondy for a vacation. This is a small place, and after living for almost 2 decades I know everybody. Literally everybody and virtually too(with a lotta help from orkut). One thing I love about pondy is chats!!(i know lotta people out there like this place for a lotta other things, we’ll discuss those later!!!). Every road corner now has a shop that says Masala Puri – 8Rs or 10Rs or even in some shops 15Rs. Well there once used to be a time when someone I know very well described me as FOOLHARDY to masala puri. Now that I’ve gone from this city, boy do I miss those days of eating chaat in every small shop that opened in the city and if the chaat there was sad then we would go to our usual shops and have another round so that the taste buds felt good. Well if any of you are planning to come down, do lemme know. I can give you a detailed report of which type of chaat can be had in which shop and whether will you be able to make it to work the next day after eating that. There is this place nestled in the corner of Bharathi Street where Valli Vilas Gold house’s there. Its a classy place. For 10rs you could stand in the shades of the tall jewel palaces(!!) that surround you and eat a chaat which has been prepared right under your nose. There also this place near in the what used to be the Ajanta Theater Junction in MG street(now you could call it the Adithi Junction, yeah hotels have become damn common here!!) where you can sit inside in a shop with a Gujju aunty while the guy makes you a hot plate of chat, the only problem is its a bit too ticklish in the tongue, as in its got  weird taste that I’ve found no where else. These are two places i give you gurantee you can make it to work the next day. Now there’s this place at the end of the beach just opposite to the petrol bunk there. Recommened chat : Dahi puri. These guys have served so many thammbi customers that they themselves have started calling it Thayir Puri!! Now its cool.. tell the guy 50-50, he makes it half sour and half sweet. You do have a wonderful time finding out which is which.But it does tale a toll on your stomach. Well and if you are an ardent Bhel Puri fan, I’d suggest you go down to a shop near Saram. These guys are class.They even have a genset behind their shop so that they can have electricity. And you can sit in the three legged plastic stools that are there behind the shop(ok trailer) and enjoy a cool evening’s breeze while the ganapathi temple behind you is blaring some Murugadas song in 3rd rate speakers.

Now that you have an idea of how much i love chat. Come down to coimbatore, I’ll tell you PLEASE DON’T EAT CHAAT HERE. They are not chaat but they are coconut oil doused puris. Seriously, I did spend a whole day trying out chats in variuos places in Crosscut st, D B road or Sai baba Colony. Never once did they match the lowest range of chat I can get in the road corners in Pondy. For one the chaats here aren’t hot I say. Ice cold sometimes too. They do make them in coconut oil and the worst part is I had to eat chaats in a couple o places without potatos or Onions. And you can’t find channa that you find in the KOLAMBU(that’s what its apparently called in Cbe) which is poured liberally over your Puri’s that have not been properly smashed or holed in. Boy these guys need to surely come down and eat proper chat. Btw don’t ever try and eat Pani Puri anywhere in Cbe. He dilutes the Kolambu with water and add some weird green stuff that it reminds you of the cough syrup that amma gave you when you where 6 and couldn’t sleep in the night because of dry cough!! Now this does give me an idea of opening my own chat shop in Cbe. I could try using some technologies we use at work to manage my projects here!! Suggestions and Partners are always welcome!!



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7 responses to “Of Chaats, Pondicherry and Cbe!!

  1. Karthik

    Veriya kaatittey !!!
    Thats the pondy spirit da !!!!
    No place is as good as home….. 🙂

  2. Ajay

    Sorry dude … but i guess this time i cant agree with you … u got to get ur basics right … there is nothing called “masala puri” in the chaat category …. being brought up in north india , i was horrified to eat some grotesquely misinterpreted version u guys eat as chaat …. probably it some rehashed version to suit the taste buds of people out here by one entrepreneurially immigrant from north … but to me … the so called CHAAT items all over south tastes the same … YUCK .. Sorry ….

  3. @Nk Merci!!
    @ajay Damn!!Please come down to Cbe for your dose of cough syrup. And kudos to that one entrepreneurially immigrant from north!!

  4. aparna

    idiot this is all bull… i have had some really good chat at rs puram and at power house road. it a more that ur budget of rs 10 and worth it. so try these places out the next time u go gallavanting to these areas!( god… i can’t believe i’m defending cbe!!!)

  5. K


    Did you know Coimbatore has more Gujju immigrants than anywhere else in the South?

    You’ve been eating Chaat at all the wrong places.

    I’ve had Chaat all over the F country – right from Bombay to Delhi to Gujjuland to down south.

    There *are* guys in Cbe who get it right – these are the Gujju Bhojanalayas that you’ll find sprinkled around Sukrawarpet and other places.

    Next time I’m down there, I’ll take you someplace where the chaat will literally beat the crap out of you.


  6. amulya

    c finally it cums down to ur taste buds rt…as in people might find KFC chicken the best thing in the world!! i have heard ppl sayin its their sole purpose of existance…do i care??i guess its with the individuals taste…no one in India provies authentic food, unless u are in that state….diff ppl, diff culture, diff cuisines…its all in us! so let the person discover, explore, find his way thorugh….to satisfy his taste buds… !!!

  7. hemavathi

    check out rs puram agarwals and chill and chilly. dahi puri is really nice there.

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