ORIGINAL MARU BHAJIA | MARU NA BHAJIA TOMATO CHUTNEY | CRISPY POTATO BHAJIYA

This Kenyan Maru Bhajia recipe is the original East African recipe for crispy potato bhajia. We love the Maru Bhajia tomato chutney recipe that accompanies these delicious potatoes fritters.

These kenyan style crispy golden potato fritters served on a pewter plate with red chutney.



Original Maru Bhajia | Maru na Bhajiya Tomato Chutney | Crispy Potato Bhajiya



Original Maru's Bhajia


Bhajiyas are Indian style fritters. However, these are no ordinary bhajias! These are made with thinly sliced potato rounds, coated in a spicy wafer-thin gram flour batter and deep-fried. Indulgent. They are ritualistically served with a tangy tomato-based chutney.

✓Vegan

✓Gluten-free

✓Great for parties

✓ Perfect tea-time or afternoon tea snack

✓Works well with all potato varieties

✓Above all so irresistible


Maru Bhajia and East Africa


In Nairobi, Kenya, a shop called Maru's sold these crispy potato bhajias that were entirely unique to them.

This recipe then travelled over to the UK as the family moved and opened another shop in Wembley, London - staying true to the original recipe.

The first shop still remains in Kenya as locals have been trained up to run the shop.

This is why they are often lovingly referred to as Kenya Maru's Bhajia! East-African Indians are proud owners of this delicious recipe.

Since then, Indian people in other parts of the world have heard of the recipe and it has spread like crazy!

My Mum first tried this dish back in the early 90s at a family friend's house who my Dad knew well. They had all grown up in East Africa together.

My Mum asked the lady who was making them for the recipe as she loved it so much!

I remember my Mum making these since I was little. My brother and I would be the first to sit down and eat them hot whilst she was still making them.

She would often enlist the help of my Dad so they too would be able to sit down quickly and enjoy.

My Mum over the years learned many East African recipes from my Dad's side of the family (Swahili lessons were thrown in too!)

Some favourites include Sweetcorn and Peanut CurryRed Kidney Bean and Sweetcorn CurryKenyan style ChevdoFarali Cassava and Peanut Stir-fry and Masala Mogo.

These crispy potato served on a metal pewter plate on a brown wooden backboard.

How are these different to Indian style Bhajiya


There is a difference between these East-African crispy potato bhajia and potato bhajia from India.

These Maru style potato bhajia are thinner. The batter for Indian bhajiyas is thicker. In Maru bhajiyass, the batter is made by sprinkling the flour directly onto the potatoes.

In Indian bhajiyas, the batter is made separately with water and then potatoes are dipped into the batter, then fried.

Also, in the batter for Indian bhajiyas, a raising agent is used, whereas in Maru's there isn't.


Original Maru Bhajia Ingredients


Here is the list of ingredients you'll need, unfortunately, there is no substitute for this recipe. 

1. White potatoes
 - use a mandolin or food processor to get evenly sliced and thin potato slices. Try to use the same sized potatoes to get similar sized slices. I find that Jacket Potatoes work well because they are big and round.

2. Gram flour/besan/chickpea flour - fine variety

3. Rice flour - see notes below for more on using rice flour

4. Green chilli and ginger paste

5. Ajwain seeds/carom seeds - the addition of this spice just gives the batter a wonderful flavour and helps indigestion.

6. Turmeric powder - just a pinch to add colour to the batter

7. Coriander - fresh and finely chopped coriander


How to get the crispiest potato bhajias and other tips


The trick is to use rice flour which helps keep the bhajia crispy. The rice flour also soaks up a lot of the moisture released from the sliced potatoes, again keeping the bhajia crispy.

Even thickness potato slices will cook perfectly at the same rate and all pieces will be crispy.

Using less batter makes them crispy. Too much batter coating the potatoes will be spongy and not the correct texture for these bhajiyas.

Best eaten immediately! Can't complain about this tip ;)


How to make Maru na Bhajia Video and Step by Step

Follow this step-by-step instruction or watch a video, exact measurements and full written recipe card can be found the bottom of this post. 

Best made and served immediately. These bhajiyas will not be as tasty if made ahead of time.

1. Wash, peel and slice the potatoes. Place in a wide plate. (pic 1)

2. Add freshly crushed green-chillies and ginger, according to your liking. (pic 2)

3. Now tip in turmeric powder. (pic 3)

4. Add ajwain seeds-optional (pic 4)



5. Freshly chopped coriander. (pic 5)

6. Sprinkle besan. (pic 6)

7. And rice flour (pic 7) leave it aside for a few minutes then mix properly. (pic 7)

8. Heat oil in kadai, add salt in potatoes and mix well. (pic 8)



9. Carefully add potato slices in hot oil (pic 9)

10. Fry on low heat till light golden and crispy.





How to make Maru Bhajiya in Airfryer


If you want to avoid deep-frying, then you can definitely make these in an air-fryer for the same satisfaction.

Here is how:

Follow the method to step 8
➝Pre-heat air fryer according to manufactures manual or 350F for 3 minutes.
➝Line the air fryer tray or basket with foil and grease it with the oil.
➝Place potato slices in one layer.
➝Air fry the bhajiya for total of 6 minutes on 350F or 180C, turning halfway during cooking at 3 minutes.
➝Spray some oil again and air fry for another 3 minutes.
➝If not crispy and golden cook a little more.
➝Once crispy, transfer and serve.

How to make Baked Maru's Bhajia in Oven?


➝Follow the method to step 8
➝Preheat the oven to 200-240c.
➝Place the potato slices on a greased baking tray.
➝Bake for 20 minutes, then turn them around.
➝Spray a little oil and bake another 20 minutes.
➝Once crispy remove and serve hot.


Maru Bhajiya Chutney Ingredients | How to make Maru Bhajia Chutney

In Nairobi, Kenya they served and are still serving these Bhajia with coconut chutney, but here in London, they serve with this tangy tomato chutney.

→Tomatoes

→Carrots

→Cucumber

→Coriander

→Ginger

→Cumin seeds

→Lemon juice

→optional - clove of garlic

Method: Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender -use the natural juice of the vegetables to blend the chutney otherwise it will be too runny. Add salt to taste.

Note - blending is the quick method to make this chutney. Due to blending all of the vegetables, the chutney takes on a more green colour. To avoid this happening, grate the carrot, cucumber and tomato to keep looking more red.

Equipment/Tools


Kadai or frying pan
Slotted spoon
plate
spatula
fork
Mandolin/knife
vegetable peeler

Golden and crispy potato fritters served on a metal tray with masala chai in glasses.

Other Bhajiya/Fritters/Pakora recipes


1. Date cashew chilli Bhajiya

2. Methi corn Bhajiya

3. Onion Bhaji

4. Mixed vegetable Pakora

5. Three layer chutney aloo bread pakora

6. Gujarat Na Daal Vada

Do you like to read our blog? then don't forget to sign up for email updates to get new recipes delivered right to your inbox. you can find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram Pinterest and Youtube Channel.

Do follow us if you can. we would love to keep in touch with you all:)




Maru's bhajia, Maru Na Bhajiya, Crispy potato bhajiya
Snacks
Indian, East-African
Maru Na Bhajiya-Maru's Bhajiahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwWrXI6eSo0This Kenyan Maru Bhajia recipe is the original East African recipe for crispy potato bhajia. We love the Maru Bhajia tomato chutney recipe that accompanies these delicious potatoes fritters.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwWrXI6eSo0
Yield: 2 SERVINGS
Author:

ORIGINAL MARU BHJAIYA | MARU NA BHAJIYA | CRISPY POTATO BHAJIYA

ORIGINAL MARU BHJAIYA | MARU NA BHAJIYA | CRISPY POTATO BHAJIYA

This Kenyan Maru Bhajia recipe is the original East African recipe for crispy potato bhajia. We love the Maru Bhajia tomato chutney recipe that accompanies these delicious potatoes fritters.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 40 M

Ingredients:

MARU NA BHAJIYA
  • 3 large white potatoes
  • 5-6 tbsp. gram flour/besan/chana no lot
  • 2 tbsp. rice flour fine variety 
  • 2 tbsp crushed green chilli and ginger
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ajwain/carom seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp. finely chopped coriander
  • salt to taste 
  • Oil to deep fry

Instructions:

  1. Wash, peel and slice the potatoes using a mandolin slicer, or use a very sharp knife and cut very thin slices.
  2. Pat dry the potatoes with clean kitchen towel. 
  3. Place the slices in a wide plate.
  4. Add ginger-chillies, turmeric, ajwain, coriander, besan and rice flour.
  5. Gently mix and leave it 15-20 minutes aside.
  6. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan or kadai.
  7. Mix again, add salt and mix.
  8. Carefully, add one slice at a time using hands, spoon or fork.
  9. Deep fry on low heat till light golden and crispy. Turn in between of frying using a slotted spoon. 
  10. Serve hot with chutney. 

notes:

If can't find ajwain, skip it.
Do not add any water at all, the moisture from the potato will be enough.
Serve these bhajiyas immediately.
Calories
1120.88
Fat (grams)
31.01
Sat. Fat (grams)
3.95
Carbs (grams)
182.86
Fiber (grams)
26.06
Net carbs
156.80
Sugar (grams)
15.88
Protein (grams)
33.66
Sodium (milligrams)
682.29
Cholesterol (grams)
3.15
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.
Did you make this recipe?
Tag @jcookingodyssey on instagram and hashtag it #jcookingodyssey
Created using The Recipes Generator

PIN MARU NA BHAJIA/CRISPY POTATO BHAJIYA FOR LATER


Note - this post was originally created and posted on 9th June 2010, since updated with new content and pictures.

44 comments

  1. Lucky you!! My hubby makes coffee every morning and that's about it! :P

    Brulee and Bhajias, what a treat! Enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Jagruti,

    Wonderful, Bhaja and Brulee nice treat.

    ReplyDelete
  3. sweet surprise! :)
    loved the chutney

    ReplyDelete
  4. So,Uve been pampered by u'r kids and dh..Gud!!All the dishes look yumm and delsicious

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow, lucky you Jagruti !!! Enjoy it. Both look super yummy !!! I have never received a surprise from my hubby so far in 8 years. He cooks, but it always has to be asked for :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Crispy bhajiyas.. looks great jagruti.. cheers to ur hubby..

    ReplyDelete
  7. That's a lovely treat...lucky couple I say, as you cook the most delicious food and your hubby surprises you with the best...!
    Fabulous recipe dear.

    ReplyDelete
  8. thats so sweet of them...lucky you...wonderful treat...yum!

    ReplyDelete
  9. hehe.....my husband cooks only one dish: spaghetti bolognaise, and with "Maggi Fix" Bolognaise sauce powder....
    Both of your gentlemen did a fantastic job!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Perfect snack. Lucky girl, that the men decided to treat you with dessert too!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh my that looks lovely and I hope they will enjoy it, but of course..they will...mmmm! xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  12. Lucky you! My hubby is long away from the kitchen.. If I ever ask him..he makes the tea..but you should have a look he leaves my kitchen.. So, I dont ask him.. Btw,very tempting..bhajiyas and delicious and easy brulee... Bookmarked!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Looks very inviting Jagruti..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

    ReplyDelete
  14. So romantic and sweet.Perfect dishes made with love.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Both the dishes looks great..kudos to your hubby and son !!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Omg, u r so lucky..both dishes looks fabulous and truly tempting..

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh, It's so nice and sweet! Very tempiting dishes, great ^_^ Bye bye, a big hug

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow! What a wonderful treat! Kudos to the two gentlemen :-)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hey Jagruti,

    Just read your comment on my blog, Staying away from chocolate is impossible for me :-) I used veggie marshmallows in the chocolate delight.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi jagruti....Its a gr8 surprise for u congratulation ....i feel the same, when my husband make something for me too,but the issue is he can make only potato fry and i feel that is the best dish in the world for me:).....Bhajiya is excellent with spinach and the desert too...both dishes r new me

    ReplyDelete
  21. Bravo à ton mari pour ses réalisations.
    Elles semblent délicieuses.
    je les note.
    See soon.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hey this is cute...i hope my Hubby makes something for me some day

    ReplyDelete
  23. very nice to hear the gr8 preparations by ur hubby and son,Dessert luks very nice and delicious...Yummy.

    ReplyDelete
  24. oohh sounds delicious! must have been wonderful evening enjoying the bhajiyas and tea from your hubby.. he sure did a great job at it :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Both dishes look terrific, i love the delightful sweet treat!

    ReplyDelete
  26. lucky you, when priti announced the event, i told my hubby,still now no response.bajji looks so yum and love this version

    ReplyDelete
  27. That's so sweet of your hubby and son! Every dish look so enticing. And bhajiya ni recipe alag che. Will try it sometime. Kudos to your hubby and son!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. wow!!
    Both the dishes look awesome and delicious dear!!
    Gr8 job by ur son and hubby :-)

    ReplyDelete
  29. thats really sweet of the father-son duo!!! yummy dishes!!!

    ReplyDelete
  30. hi jaguriti
    how are you

    today snacks are really yummy
    looks great
    i like it

    ReplyDelete
  31. Wow So sweeeeeet....Looks really good bhajji.
    Lucky you!!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Lovely treat:) looks so inviting.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Thats very sweet of ur hubby.I too love when my hubby cooks for me and he cant give any excuse also as he is my second guru in cooking :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. kudos to ur huvvy nad son..they did a wonderful job...savoury treat witha dessert..awesome..

    ReplyDelete
  35. Wow Jags that's gr8...both looks yum...that's really sweet of them...am loving this

    ReplyDelete
  36. hey wow that is the same case with me too woth my hubby....really these ppl dont knw when they feel what??? :)
    This is really looking yummy and gr8...give my wishes to him....keep going....

    ReplyDelete
  37. NICE ONE jAGRUTHI ...IAM SURE U HAD A GR8 TIME jAGRUTHI WITH UR DH AND KID...

    ReplyDelete
  38. Dear Jagruti
    I am feeling Lucky !!! SOMEONE has promised, she would make the Bhajia for me when it rains next, and Delhi cools down a bit.
    The chutney is very nice.
    Have a nice sunday
    ushnishda

    ReplyDelete
  39. hi jagruthi how are you ,

    how is your weekend going on , i am so happy to see you in my blog agian

    take care

    happy weekend seee you soon

    ReplyDelete
  40. hi jagruti how are today
    i hope you are enjoying the sunday

    enjoy
    take care
    happy sunday

    ReplyDelete
  41. both dishes looks delicious..hope you enjoyed them both..have a gr8 time with ur loved ones dear!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you very much for visiting JCO, We really appreciate your comments and suggestions. The new GDPR law states that whatever comments you leave on our blog will be viewed by everyone who visits JCO and your consent is given to the visitor to view your profile.

PLEASE NOTE THAT INCLUDING YOUR WEBSITE LINK IN THE COMMENT WILL RESULT IN YOUR COMMENT BEING DELETED.

We hope to see you again soon, have a great day!