Something fresh like mint, something hot like chili and something not identifiable. In other words: a taste explosion in your mouth. That’s how I would describe these little puris.
Yesterday I had been at a street food festival where I discovered the little pani puri again – a flashback to my visit to India last year where they are a famous street food. Pani puri are known as “golgappas” in northern India and as “poochkas” in West Bengal. The name pani poori literally means “water in fried bread”. And this is also what they are consisting of: a kind of unleavened fried, crispy bread filled with a mixture of flavored water, potatoes, chickpeas, onions, mint and sometimes meat.
Pani puri can also easily made at home by a basic recipe:
- For the dough: 225g fine semolina and 80ml of water
- For the pani: water, tamarind, coriander leaves, fresh mint, chili, some salt, cumin powder, pani puri masala, ginger, cardamom, date past, lemon or lime juice.
- For the filling you can use chickpeas or mashed potatoes.