Over 100-year old traditional Gujarati snack shop, original of what is now a popular chain
This unique street-side shop is filled to the brim with boxes of snacks, and a small window to peep into contains over a century of history! For centuries traders gathered under the popular banyan tree and go about their transactions. Nandankumar’s great-grandfather, Mr. Kuberlal started selling dry snacks (chavanu), over the years, his popularity grew and they opened this small shop at the foot of the colonial stock market building.
An ever-growing menu
What began with a humble five types of chavanu, has now grown to a list of over 25 items! With decades of tried and tested recipes, a few hot favourites have been chosen by loyal customers. The Mixed chanvanu, with a bit of sweet, tangy, spicy and salty flavours has 13 types of snacks mixed in it. An explosion of many flavours at once, this one is best enjoyed with a cup of chai from the many vendors next door, or soon after a lipsmacking pani-puri!
Keeping up with changing times
The long list of well-loved munchables includes bakharwadi, sukhawada, tam-tam, dal mixtures and even sweets like soan papdi. The dry snacks and a few sweets can be ordered online now, or enjoyed from the comfort of one’s home through a home delivery service, for a minimal extra charge, Ahmedabadis take their food very seriously, but their comfort and laziness even more so!