Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pani Puri - Golgappa Recipe

Pani puri  is one of the best Indian spicy chats. It is known for its sweet and spicy flavours. No matter where we go in India, we can find small vendors in the street corners selling these little bites of yummly savories.

Pani puri or golgappa has its own style.Unlike in restaurants where it is served in a big plate with all the ingredients, the street vendor serves it in a totally different way. A small bowl is given to the customer and he is all ready for the challenge.I love this style and let me tell you how it works.

The chat vendor/chat walla  takes a puri,makes a hole,stuffs the stuffing inside,dips the whole puri in a big earthen pot of juicy pani and fianlly puts it in your bowl.All these things happen in a fraction of a second.He moves so fast you can barely notice him doing this.

The challenge of the customer is to eat the whole puri before the vendor gives you another in your bowl.After biting into it,you are so lost in thought that you often forget that you should eat it fast and your next puri is on your way into the bowl.All the sweet and tangy juices fill your mouth and the taste will be heavenly.

I love pani puri and whenever I find a street chat shop I grab my bowl and eagerly wait for my turn to eat this cute little wonders.So all those people who miss eating pani puri and those who are eager to try it out,this recipe is for you :)

Pani puri consists of the following items :

  1. Puri  - Dough in the shape of a small ball ,fried in oil.
  2. Pani – Sweet and spicy water made from various ingredients.
  3. Stuffing – Mashed potatoes,onions,chat masala,red chilli powder,salt.

1. Ingredients to make the puri

  • Semolina (Rava / Sooji) - 1 cup
  • Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Maida - 3 tblsp
  • Salt
  • Oil

To make the puri:

  • Combine maida, rava, baking soda and salt in a large container. Add very  little water and start kneading the dough with your hands. If the dough is hard then add more water until you get a smooth and soft consistency. Allow it to rest for around 20 min.

  • Knead the dough once again and make small balls. Using the roller, roll out the dough into a thin layer .Now cut out a small round shape ,about half the size of your palm with a mould or the back of a lid.

  • Heat oil in a pan and add the puri one by one.Afetr it turns into light golden brown, turn it over using a ladle.Press the ladle in the center and along the egdes to make the puris puff up.

  • When both the sides are done,take out the puris and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil.

2. Ingredients to make the pani :

  • Tamarind – the size of  a small lemon.
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Chat masala / dry mango  powder - 1 tsp
  • Roasted Cumin Seed Powder - 1 tsp
  • Mint leaves  - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander Leaves / Cilantro -  a small bunch for garnish
  • Salt - to taste

To make the pani:

  • Soak the tamarind in ½ cup of warm water for about 10 mins . Mash them well and strain out all the pulp through a sieve.

  • Combine this pulp with the remaining ingredients  namely  chat masala, roasted jeera powder, mint, coriander leaves .Grind them to a fine paste.

  • Transfer the paste into a large bowl and add 2 cups of water, salt and mix well.

  • Refrigerate for about 10 mins for the flavours to blend well. Do not freeze.

3. Ingredients to make the stuffing:

  • Potatoes – 3 or 4
  • Onion – 1
  • Salt
  • Red chilli powder
  • Chat masala(optional)
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp 

To make the stuffing:

  • Boil the potatoes until they are cooked fully. Chop the onion into very small pieces.
  • In a large bowl mash the potatoes well. Add the diced onion, salt,turmeric powder, chilli powder and masala powder. Mix them well.

How to eat Pani Puri:

  • Make a small hole in the centre of each puri. Insert a small amount of the mashed potatoes stuffing .
  • In a small bowl,pour the pani.Now dip each of the puris with the stuffing into the pani so that the pani goes inside the puri.
  • Now put the whole puri into your mouth.

Enjoy every bite of it and let me know your suggestions.If you have tried any other version of it and made a different taste of pani puri please do leave it in the comments section :)

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  1. i didnt know how to make pani... thnx do u make sweet chutney..

    1. I will update the recipe for sweet chutney soon..

  2. Pani Puri is my fav chat. Your mouth watering pictures invite me to do this recipe..i have one doubt.u said to use sooji for making puri,can i use maida instead of sooji ?

    1. Thanks for visitng my blog Nancy. You can use maida but the results would differ.Using sooji would give you the exact texture of crispy puri which we get in chat shop.You can use half maida and sooji if you want.I will try it out and let you know.

  3. That looks so delicious!! I am drooling! I absolutely love pani puris and this looks so authentic. Thanks a lot for linking this to my event :)

    Chef Al dente On going event: Street Food of India!

    1. Thanks a lot Rosh :) Happy to participate in your event.

  4. Lovely very detailed post....simply love it..

  5. Looks Delicious !!!makes me go oooohhhhlalala!!!! Awesome Clicks!!!!

  6. Saw the post in your FB page and dropped by to check it.. :)
    Love Pani puri anytime.. Nice picture..

  7. It is good recipe.I love pani puri.