When it comes to street food in Ahmedabad, I have my favourites: Coffee at Shambhu’s, pizza at Jasuben and Vada Pav at Jay Bhavani. I rarely experiment outside this circle of trusted local brands, but sometimes you just trust your friends and allow them to take you to try some new unexplored food joints. My friend, Amit Panchal, was the first one to introduce me to the concept of Maggi Bhajiya!
Maggi Bhajiya seemed like the perfect post office snack, it combined luscious noodles with crunchy fritters, who can resist that? Thus, I instantly said yes for a post office snack at the A1 Maggi Bhajiya Centre which is located near Shalby Hospital, opposite Karnavati Club.
A1 Maggi Bhajiya Centre is a modest roadside stall with a decent number of plastic tables and chairs for patrons. Nothing too fancy, yet the owner Kanubhai manages to maintain hygiene standards. If you are as curious as me, you won’t miss the chance to observe how this local delicacy is made. I’m sure all of us have tried different recipes and variations of Maggi noodles at home but no one in their wildest dream would have thought of converting it into a bhajiya. Thus, observing this Maggi recipe is a must!
There are two separate burners in the laari. One is dedicated to the pan in which batches of Maggi are made. The other burner has the oil pan for deep frying the bhajiyas. As soon as the Maggi is cooked to perfection, it is removed from the hot skillet and transferred to a bowl. The Maggie is then rolled into a pakoda/bhajiya shape. It is dipped in the bhajiya batter and instantly dropped into hot oil. It is deep fried until golden brown and crisp from the outside.
It goes without saying that these golden fritters are served hot! If you love Maggi and always wanted a ‘Meri Maggi’ moment, then this could be it. This is the first time in a really long time that I was excited to have Maggi. Thanks to the inventiveness of Kanubhai, we have something new to relish!
According to what I have heard from fellow Amdavadis, Maggi Bhajiya wasn’t a planned invention. The painter forgot to add the word ‘and’ between Maggi and Bhajiya. Thus Kanubhai had to start selling a new snack ‘Maggi Bhaijya’ because he didn’t want to disappoint customers who visited his stall looking for bhajiyas made from Maggi. Charming story, isn’t it?
I highly recommend you to try this unusual combination atleast once. It won’t disappoint you!