Pani Puri (Gol Goppa) Indian Street Food

There are so many different kinds of food vendors on the busy streets of India and the Pani Puri carts are by far the most popular. Most people end up here after work, school or stop by whilst they are shopping. It sounds odd but is the most ‘fun’ snack I have ever consumed. The thing I used to be amazed about is how there is no formal ‘ordering’ when you approach these Pani Puri carts. At the nod of a head, the ‘pani-puri walla’ starts stuffing the puri . He then dips it in the pani and serves it to you. They keep serving you the pani puri until you literally say stop or motion that you are full!! For those who have never had the opportunity to eat them, you are in for a treat. The crispy-ness of the puri combined with the spicy-ness of the potatoes and the chilled masala pani makes this the most incredible, addicting and mouth watering snack. I have been craving them since I got back from my vacation in India this February. However, yesterday Mama Sawhney brought home some Pani Puris  from the Indian Grocery Store so I couldn’t wait to make them fresh at home. All though there is no comparison to eating pani puri in the bustling streets of India with the heat beating down on you, I still enjoyed eating them in rainy Manchester, England. NOTE! Pani puris are perfectly shaped so you can fit them whole in your mouth. If you eat one in more than 1 bite you are a officially a party pooper.

What we need:

45 Pani Puris

For Pani:
3 1/2 cups water
1 tsp tamarind paste
1 tsp salt (or according to taste)
pinch asofoetida powder
1 tsp pani puri masala
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp black salt
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
handful of fresh mint leaves (grinded into a paste)
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp mango chutney or sweet tamarind chutney (whatever you have in the pantry)
2 trays of ice cubes

For the filling:
8 medium potatoes,cooked and peeled. (I microwaved mine for 15 minutes)
1 red/green fresh chilli
handful of mint leaves
1 tsp tamarind paste
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2-3 tbsp water
1 tsp salt

How we do:

  • To make the pani, in a pan, add 1 cup water, tamarind paste and asofoetida powder and let it come to a boil. Let it boil for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat.
  • Put it in a bowl and add the remaining water and the ice. Also, add the rest of the dry ingredients listed above. Mix well and add mint paste, lemon juice and sugar.
    (Taste the pani at this point-you can add more water or salt depending on your preference)
  • For the potato filling, in a blender, add the chilli, mint, tamarind paste, lemon juice and water. Blend until a chutney paste forms.
  • Finely chop the potatoes on a chopping board and sprinkle over the salt. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  • Gradually add the chutney paste and softly mash everything together with hand.
  • Taste again. If you need more salt, now is the time to add.
  • Using a pointed knife or using your finger, carefully make a whole at the top of the puri about the size of 2 pence piece. Repeat process for all puri.
  • Put about 1 tsp of the potato filling by hand into the puri (Only stuff the puri with potatoes when you are ready to eat them. Otherwise they may soggy).
  • Now for the best bit-to chow down! Dip the stuffed puri in the pani and go for it!
  • BALLE BALLE!! Enjoy
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5 Responses to Pani Puri (Gol Goppa) Indian Street Food

  1. Wow, Pani Puri looks tasty 🙂 You’re going to have to help me with recipe choices when I get to India!!

  2. Yes yes! Love the concept of your blog. Feel free to ask away when you get to India 🙂

  3. tiedwithblue says:

    omg, i love these! I eat them all the time when i go to india! Will definitely try out!

  4. I would suggest you one thing please remove all your Images all are mouthwatering. I don’t want my desktop should be covered by my mouth water. Really great job and your blog has delighted me a lot.

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