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Pani Puri or Golgappas is the most favorite and widely available street food in India. You can find them at every corner of a street, no matter if you are in a city or a village. It goes by various names: Puchka in the East, Golgappa in the North and Pani Puri in the South & West. We bring to you a simple Pani Puri recipe that can be made easily at home.

 

 

 

 

Pani (from Pani Puri) is a Hindi word that translates to “water.” Puris, on the other hand, are small fried, puffed, and crisp dough balls. Generally, the Pani or water is sour in taste, with a bit of tanginess and spiciness that is balanced with the addition of sweet tamarind chutney.

 

 

While serving, the Puri is stuffed with a filling that consists of boiled potatoes, chickpeas, moong sprouts. You can even add onions to the filling and make it spicy as per your taste.

 

 

 

The Puri is made from flour or sooji. They are thin, crisp, fully puffed and thus occupy the filling and the chutneys. You can even buy ready-made Puris from any department store.

 

 

Let’s get down to the Pani Puri Recipe then, shall we?

 

 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 24 to 30 puris (or as per requirement)
  • Tamarind chutney

 

For the stuffing:

 

  • 2 to 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 small to medium onion
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (this is optional/as per taste)

 

For the Pani:

 

  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves
  • ¾ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 inch chopped ginger
  • 1 green chopped chili (can add more as per taste)
  • Tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder 
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • Black salt/ normal salt (as per taste)

 

 

 

 

Instructions:

 

1.Preparing the Stuffing:

 

  • Boil the potatoes till they are cooked.
  • Peel them and then smash them.
  • Chop the onion finely.
  • Mix the potatoes, onions, coriander leaves, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and black salt.

 

 

2.  Method to make the Pani:

 

  • In a blender add all the ingredients mentioned above for the pani with a cup of water.
  • Grind the mixture to a fine paste.
  • Add 2 to 3 more cups of water. Mix well. Check the seasoning. You can add the masalas and salt as per your taste.
  • You can chill the Pani in the fridge or add some ice cubes to it to get the refreshing feeling.

 

 

 

 

3.  The Final Assembly:

 

  • Crack the top of the Puri with a spoon or your thumb.
  • Add the stuffing into the puri.
  • Dip the stuffed Puri into the Pani and put it into your mouth.
  • Serve the pani puri immediately.
  • You can also serve the stuffed Puri and the Pani separately. Or only the stuffed Puri with a curd topping.

 

 

 

 

Hope this Pani Puri recipe tingles your taste buds and leaves you with satisfaction.