Dine out in Chennai and drink a portion of ‘Kanji’; with ‘Kappa and Fish Curry’ as side! Pinched myself to make sure that it’s not a dream..
So friends, it’s ‘Kanji Kadai‘ in Perungudi OMR food street where these traditional delicacies are being served, with a pinch of nostalgia.
A warmly lit and neatly decorated small AC fine-dine, with wooden benches and tables which accommodates around 30 to 40 eaters at a time welcomes you with a ‘Local Tea Shop’ set up at the entrance which serves various ‘Uppilittathu‘ (Pickled in Vinegar/ Salt water with Green Chilies) like Nellika (Gooseberry), Carrot, Pineapple etc.
‘Pineapple Uppilittathu‘, thus became my appetizer and it was lip smacking! Painfully missed the ‘Mango Uppilittathu’, though.
It was ‘Kanji Kappa Meen’, ‘Meen Chatti Chor’ and ‘Mutton Biriyani’ for the main course, all served in traditional chatti (earthen pot/ bowl).
‘Meen Chatti Chor‘ (Fish Meals) comprises of Red Boiled Rice with usual Vegetables, Coconut Chutney, a piece of Fish Fry, Fish Curry, Rasam, Pappadom, Mango Pickle and a portion of Payasam were presented brilliantly and tastes awesome.
The ‘Mutton Biriyani‘ was for the biriyanioholic junior and it tastes ok, just ok; nothing much to crave about for my palate.
Goes without saying, ‘Kanji Kappa Meen Curry‘ combo (Porridge, Tapioca and Fish Curry) was the star of the day. Kanji made of broken red rice with luscious flavor of coconut milk was served with usual Vegetable preparations, Coconut Chutney, Pickles and Pappadom. Perfectly mashed Kappa with one of the best Fish Curry (Tuna), I ever had in Chennai came along as part of the combo. Mix everything together and gulp – Divine, Divine, Divine! Ordered an additional portion of Kappa Fish Curry as well along with.
Winded up with a portion of not so common ‘Muttamaala‘ (Egg Necklace), a tough to prepare Malabar dessert with egg white as the base and yolk as the ‘necklace’. No better way to end one of the most satisfying meal from Chennai!
‘Kanji Kadai’ definitely gets the Value for Money tag. It was Rs.140 for Fish Chatti Chor, Rs.150 for Kanji Kappa Fish Curry Combo, Rs.200 around for Mutton Biriyani, Rs. 100 around for additional Kappa & Meen and Rs.100 for Muttamaala.
With few more must try items in the menu, especially for dinner, I guess I have to skip saying the usual excuse of distance. See you soon again, Kanji Kadai; keep serving with same love and care!
But, why no Beef? why no Pazhamkanji? 😦
Shop No: F9, OMR Food Street, No.10, MGR Main Rd, Venkateswara Colony, Kandancavadi, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600096