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Date with chappatis at the Chappati Park, says T. SARAVANAN


CHAPPATIS AT home, at office and everywhere? Bored? But then it is good for health. For, the medical fraternity too prescribes this diet because of its fibrous content. Still you are not convinced? Just stroll into `Chappati Park' in K.K. Nagar, you will become yet another regular visitor to this place. Such is the taste and the variety the tiny joint has for you to suit different palates.

It's different. For any new restaurant will have this tag to attract more customers. For those with the same doubt, this place offers lip-smacking side dishes in addition to the giant-size chappatis (measuring more than 11 inches).

When asked, the unassuming proprietor of the restaurant, S. Jeyapaul, has this to say: "I had done a catering course but I was working as sales manager in a private company. Hence my heart and soul lie in the catering field. I decided to venture into it. But then I wanted to be different from others. When enquired I came to know that there were many in the field, including the one offering unlimited chappatis. So, I decided to start a joint exclusively for chappatis, for, you could not find an exclusive place like this any where near."

The restaurant remains open from 12 p.m. to 11 in the night. For lunch, it offers stuffed varieties, which include onion, carrot, mint, coriander, garlic, palak, gingely, alu, tomato, butter, ghee, cashewnut, paneer butter and ceylon vegetable stuffed chappati.

"The ceylon vegetable chappati is the fast moving variety. Most of the top executives working in various companies are our customers. Most of them prefer this dish. Our main business starts in the evening and then reaches its peak in the night. The families residing near our place generally like to have their dinner here," he quips.

In the night, it offers fried chappatis. The menu offered under this category includes chilli chappati (akin to chilli paratha), pepper, vegetable and special garlic. The rolled chappati varieties include vegetable, paneer and mushroom.

"These rolled chappatis will taste like puffs. Children do like this variety. Our parcel section is quite busy everyday packing rolled chappatis," notes Mr. Jeyapaul.

Besides, the joint also has mouth-watering dishes including `alu masala', `Gobi' masala, `alu mutter', green peas masala, `alu gobi masala', paneer butter masala and mixed vegetable masala. But all these extra gravies are charged. While dhal is also available, a sabzi and onion raita come free with the chappatis.

The prize ranges from Rs.10 to Rs.25 while the extra dishes cost from Rs.12 to Rs.25.

Not less than 300 persons have their food at this restaurant. "Regularly we sell around 400 to 450 chappatis a day on average," says Mr.Jeyapaul.

"It tastes different. Though the chappatis might look a bit on the costlier side it is justified considering the size of the chappatis and the sumptuous side-dishes," responds P. Rajeshkumar, a sales executive.

With its strategic location `Chappati Park' beckons every passer-by.

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