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Pani Puri | Gol Gappa


Pani puri is one of the most popular street foods of India. It is known by different names in different parts of India, like in North India it is known as gol gappa, phucka in Eastern Indian and bataasha in the Western region. Pani puri literally translates to deep fried dough balls in water. Crispy and deep fried small puris are filled with a single or a combination of fillings like potato, chickpeas, ragda, moong sprouts, onion, coriander which are then dunked in a sweet, sour and spicy water made of mint, coriander, tamarind and some spices.

For this month's South Vs North Challenge, Prachi of Prachi's Veg Kitchen suggested pani puri with 4 kinds of water. Since raw mangoes are not in season here, I decided to make just the sour and spicy pani. Pani puri is my favorite street food and one of the things I miss being away from India. Though I do enjoy them at  local chaat shops here, I loved these home made pani puri much more. Now let's see how to make pani puri at home from scratch.

PANI PURI / GOL GAPPA RECIPE

{ Deep fried, hollow and crispy puris filled with spiced potato, chickpeas and onion dunked in a tangy and spicy mint-coriander-tamarind water }


Ingredients:

For the puri:
1 cup semolina / rava
¼ cup all purpose flour / maida
¼ tsp baking soda
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

For the pani:
½ cup mint leaves
¼ cup coriander leaves
2 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp chaat powder
Black salt to taste
2 tsp sugar
2 cup water
½ cup boondi / fried gram balls

For the stuffing:
1 large potato, boiled and cubed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ cup cooked white chickpeas
½ tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste

Method:

To make puri:

1. In a bowl, mix semolina, maida, baking soda, salt and mix well. Add water little by little and knead to stiff dough. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

2. Knead the dough again and divide the dough into lemon sized balls. Take a ball and roll out into a thin circle. Cut out round discs using a round cookie cutter or small bowl .

3. Cover the cut out pooris with a cloth and proceed making round discs from the remaining dough. Keep the cut out puris covered with cloth until frying.

4. Heat oil in a kadai and fry 4-5 puris at a time . Once it puffs and turns golden brown, flip over and cook other side to golden brown.

5. Remove and drain the excess oil on a tissue paper. Cool and store the puris in an airtight container.

To make pani:

1. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, tamarind adding little water to a smooth paste.

2. Transfer the paste to a large bowl and add water. Add red chilly powder, cumin powder, chaat powder, black salt and mix well.

3. Chill the pani for 30 minutes. Then add the boondi. If serving later, add boondi at the time of serving.

To make stuffing:

1. In a bowl, mix the potatoes with cumin powder, ½ tsp red chilly powder, chaat masala, salt and coriander leaves.

2. In another bowl, mix chickpeas with ½ tsp red chilly powder and salt.

To assemble pani puri:

Crack the center of the puri with your thumb or a spoon. Stuff with potato, chickpeas and onion. Dip in the pani and serve immediately.

Notes and Tips
  • Keep the puris covered all the time with a cloth to prevent them from drying out.
  • Refrigerating the pani helps in blending the flavors.
  • Other stuffing that we can add are boiled moong sprouts and ragda. You can also add some sweet chutney to the stuffing.

20 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy, so inviting!

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  2. Lip-smacking ! This is one of my fav street food - I can eat it any time ! Lovely pics too.

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  3. love pani puri a loooooot:)
    Very tempting pictures:)
    Happy to follow U

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  4. Awww.. missing all these chats .. I wan't some now..

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  5. Wat a spread there, hard to resist to those puffy puris stuffed with aloo and chickpeas, i dont mind gobbing some rite now.

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  6. Oh dear...you are tempting me so much...the pooris came out perfectly...nice pics too

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  7. wow... mouthwatering golgappe :)

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  8. Wonderful clicks sona......... Love to eat pani puri anytime !

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  9. this is what we are going to have for diner tonight, i saw everyone is making and i cant resist anymore. chat pata love it.

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  10. looks so tempting.. nice clicks

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  11. Yum! I love gol gappas. Yours look so inviting.
    Sonal

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  12. I gotta make it sometime this week :P Making pooris is a tedious task but will do it for pleasure of having it :D Lovely post...

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  13. Wow fabulous pics!!! Pani puri looks so inviting and yummy!!!

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  14. looks yumm and love your snaps dear..

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  15. Beautiful photos, well presented.. Delicious and mouthwatering pani puris..

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  16. Ah, these pics make me crave for pani puri.. Nicely presented and looks yummy!!!

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  17. its tempting...............please give me 1-2-3-4-5 pani puri no no give me full plate.............delicious

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  18. This is my favorite chat, can have this anytime, very tempting clicks..

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  19. Love pani puri, nice clicks-:)

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  20. Good work Sona! Keep it up dear.

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