The Bajji kadais of Marina

One of the best things about the beaches in Chennai, is that these beaches have the Bajji kadai. Molagai, (Green Chilly), Vaazhakkai (Raw bananas), Vengayam (Onion) and Potato, in fact, almost all vegetables worth their flesh can be turned into tasty bajjis, at the hands of Chennai’s bajji-makers.

Now, yesterday, after a hard day ~ahem~ working, I, along with 2 colleague (one of them fellow Metroblogger Vinod) headed out to the Marina, the world’s second longest beach, for a light snack. It wasn’t.
The beach was pretty much deserted (relatively – the beaches are usually bursting at the seams with people), a light shower earlier has left the sands cool and damp, sticking comfortably together to make the walk easier. Here and there, dark, shapeless mounds gave away the presence of lovers locked in passionate embrace. The Bajji kadai we went to, according to Vinod, was probably the best in the whole wide world. And I concur. The man made us fresh, piping hot bajjis that went just fine with the crisply wet weather. And at 2 rupees a bajji, it was pretty cost-effective a snack too.

In short, a brilliant evening rounded off with a brilliant snack.

11 Comments so far

  1. WA (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

    Could you please let me have your captain’s contact details please. I would like to send a formal complaint. Or maybe I should write to the Interior ministry informing them of the Chennai based bloggers terrorising the non Chennai residents with posts like this.

  2. Ravages (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    WA: The person to contact here is a gentle and genteel bloke called, in most circles, Chandrachoodan.

    But let’s keep this within ourselves, shall we? You miss the bajjis, don’t you?

  3. senthil (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

    Hey U dint mention teh bajji kaadi address ? Could you please do that ? Is it gandhi beach or anna sandhi beach ? do let me know if u have any contact numbers

  4. WA (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    Missing bajjis? Me? Nope not at all. Its bad for you.

    Following Senthil’s question, do these bajji kadais stay at the same place or do they move about? In case you get their contact numbers next time do try and get their email addresses too for me please.

  5. R.S.Money (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    Your write up drives me immediately to mariana for having a few Bajjis. But can anybody guide me how to control the colestral and having deep frys – further who knows the quality of oil used by them.

  6. Ravages (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    @Senthil: The bajji kadai is right behind the Gandhi statue…

    @WA: We will try getting the e-mail id of the Baji Kadai, but last heard, he was filtering all emails using a state of the art ‘ennai-karandi’ technology.

    @RS Money – Thanks Money. Do go, check out the bajjis. One plate of bajji won’t do much to your cholestrol. As for the oil quality, the lesser you know, the better.

  7. visithra (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

    :((( it is so not fair – could someone send an air parcel?

  8. Ravages (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    An Air Parcel of Bajjis? Oh come on Visithra. You were here less than a month back

  9. Til (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

    the world’s second longest beach…

    The first being?

  10. Ravages (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 8:39 pm


    Lots of answers to that question – but the most popular and most known is Copacabana in Brazil.

  11. Empty Mind (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

    An ordinary parcel will do for me :-) This is really mouth watering. These bajjis are the best cost-effective dinner and also very tasty filled with all the possible healthy things a person a intake.

    Vaazhga bajji :-) One thing I am missing about Chennai is this and the thengai mangai pattani sundal and ofcourse the beach.

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