Monday, April 6, 2009

Pani Puri

Being so far away from your country makes you crave for so many things. One such thing is the amazing golgappas/pani puri/phuchkas...........whicever way you call it. Its just the most amazing roadside snack. There has always been a variety of ways the stuffing and pani is prepared. But I always prefer the Kolkata chat method. So here's how I make them:


To make puri:

1 cup Semolina (Rava / Suji)
3 tblsp Fine Wheat Flour (Maida)
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
Oil to deep fry

To make pani:

1/2 cup Tamarind (Imli) Pulp
2 cups Water
2 tblsp roasted Cumin Seed (Jeera) Powder
2 tblsp un-roasted Cumin Seed (Jeera)
Coriander Leaves
3 Green Chilly (Hari Mirch)
2 tblsp Mint Leaves (Pudina Leaves) Chutney - Optional
1 tblsp Black Salt (kala namak )
normal salt - optional

To make the stuffing:

1 cup vatana peas
1 big potato
1 onion
1 green chilly
red chilly powder
jeera powder
corriander leaves

To make pani:

Measure all ingredients.
Adjust spices and tangyness to taste.
Strain through a wire strainer to remove any rough bits.

To make puri:
Mix sooji, maida, baking soda, salt and enough water to knead a soft dough.
Stand covered with wet cloth for 15-20 minutes.
Make small sized balls.
With the help of some dry maida or sooji, roll into thin rounds.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry puris till very light brown and crisp.
Drain in a paper towel for a while to dry out the oil.
Store in an airtight container when cool.

To make the stuffing:

Soak the vatana overnight and then pressure cook them till they become soft. Boil the potatoes along with the vatana peas.
chop the onions, green chilly and corriander leaves and mix them with the mashed vatana and potato.
add the dry spices and the stuffing is ready.


Break each puri and fill it with the stuffing. Dip them into the Pani and have the most amazing thing in the world take a ride in your mouth.


  1. Looks Yummmm! I buy the poories and the pani masala, mix it with water, mint garlic paste, and lime juice - simpler. The filling, I make differently.

  2. awesome! the pani bit is the best. know what? the pani makes a killer combo with vodka.

  3. Hehe Pops, did you do something with your last dose of Jal Jeera? :P

  4. oye! you are reminding me of more combos now.