Crispy Fritters and Mango Pickle - the Perfect Pairing for a Chilly December Evening

Riley Blue

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Crispy Maggi fritters with mango pickle - served straight from the pan (Image: author)

A recipe for the tastiest duo passed down from my mother to me - something that brings a smile to my face even today.

When Maggi instant noodles arrived in India in 1983, they immediately caught the nation's imagination. Marketed as "2-minute noodles", people all over the country were intrigued by how something so delicious could be cooked in only 2 minutes.

Since then, Indians have nurtured a deep love for this brand of instant noodles. Because of its ease in cooking, Maggi has found its way into children's lunchboxes and college canteens, in an overworked bachelor's quick breakfast fix to being remolded into fancy recipes in 5-star restaurants.

Maggi noodles are versatile. And this nation of 1.3 billion Indians is head over heels in love with them. To many, Maggi isn't just a brand of noodles. It's an emotion, a happy reminiscence of the bygone days.

Memories of childhood

My family has had a fond love for this brand of instant noodles for as long as I can remember. My mother used to fry Maggi with carrots and peas for lunch at school, and then boil them as a quick breakfast when we woke up late and were running late for the school bus.

My favorite Maggi-related dish my mother cooked was the crispy fritters (pakode, as we called them in Hindi) she served along with mango pickle. The fritters were loaded with vegetables, and when combined with the tangy mango pickle, they gave a burst of flavors in your mouth. When you bit into them, they'd have you licking your fingers for more.

This dish is so deeply etched into my memory, that whenever I miss home, I cook myself a platter of piping hot Maggi fritters and serve them along with mango pickle. Whether I eat them alone or share with a group of friends, biting into them always brings back happy memories of childhood.

This is why, a few days ago on a cold December evening when I was feeling particularly homesick, I decided to make my favorite childhood snack. I'd been living away from family for almost three months now, and I had no friends in the new city I had shifted to. This dish was like a link to my home, to that familiar place filled with love. In the spirit of all the happiness I knew as a child and my mother's penchant for cooking this special dish, I bring to you the crispy Maggi fritters served with mango pickle.

Maggi fritters (pakode) recipe

Ingredients:

2 packet Maggi 2-minute noodles.

1 large onion, 1 tomato, 2 big chilies, coriander leaves to taste.

1 cup gram flour (besan).

Salt, turmeric, cumin (jeera) powder.

2 tbsp mustard oil.

Recipe:

1. Chop the onions, tomato, chilies, and coriander leaves finely and keep them aside.

2. Take 2 packets of Maggi instant noodles and put them in water. A Maggi packet comes with its own spices, but don't add the spices yet. Cover the pot with a lid and cook until the noodles are soft.

3. Once the noodles are soft, remove the pot from the flame and sieve them through a cloth to remove the excess water.

4. When the noodles are cool enough to touch, transfer them to a bowl and add the gram flour (besan). Next, add a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of turmeric and cumin powder.

5. Add the chopped vegetables and the packets of spices from the Maggi packets to the batter. Mix until a uniform consistency is reached.

6. Pour oil into a non-stick pan and heat until you see fumes arise.

7. Next, mold the batter into bite-sized chunks and put them into the pan. Cook on a low flame until the color changes to a golden brown.

8. With a spatula, turn the fritters around so the other side is cooked.

9. Keep cooking on a low flame until they turn golden brown. Remove from the flame.

10. Serve hot with mango pickle and a dash of tomato ketchup and your platter of love-filled evening snacks is ready.

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A platter of hot Maggi fritters with tangy mango pickle and tomato ketchup - served with love.

The wonders of this delicious pairing

The Maggi fritters are crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. They taste of the combination of spices and the chunks of vegetables inside. Combined with the tangy burst of the mango pickle, and these snacks taste like they're made right in heaven.

What's even better, you can replicate this magical combination with any instant noodles and mix that with flour to make these fritters. If you don't have pickled mangoes, you can also try them with tomato ketchup.

Crispy fritters are a taste straight from the kitchens of India. This holiday season, why not treat yourself to this yummy exotic dish made with so much love?

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Pardon my sleepy face. It was a lazy evening and I'd just woken up from a nap.

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