Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Phuhchka / Pani Puri Or Golgappe ..... Favorite Indian Street Food

Indian food is famous for its spiciness. Indians like color , flavor and taste all three in their food, in other words by only one nibble of food would able to satisfy three  our sensory organs , eye, nose and tongue. So Indian people are very much in favor of food those may be sometimes not favorable for health but there is no compromise with taste. Here I like to introduce the most popular street food of India Phuchka. As India is a country with several languages and culture this popular Indian food is known by different names like Golgappe, Panipuri etc.

Panipuri is a kind of fried snacks with tamarind water. Only name of this makes my mouth water. 
Here is the recipe :

·         Puri Recipe - Ingredients

Recipe Reference : Indian Food Forever & Tarla Dalal
·         Semolina (Rava / Sooji) - 1 cup
·         Maida - 3 tbsp
·         Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
·         Salt - as required
·         Oil - to deep fry

How to make puri:
·         Combine rava, maida, baking soda and salt, add water little by little to make a stiff dough like how we make for puris.Allow it to rest for atleast 15-30mins.
·         Knead the dough once again and pinch equal sized lemon sized balls. Using the chapathi roller, roll out thin rotis and cut with a lid or cookie cutter as a small round puris.

·         Heat oil in a kadai(it shouldnt be piping hot) slide 3-4 puris at a time and using the laddle press in the center and along the edges to make the puris puff up.
·         Flip over to other side and cook to golden brown on both sides.Drain in a tissue paper.Cool and store in an air tight container and use when required. 

Pani Recipe Tamarind - 1/4 cup firmly packed
·  Water - 2 cups
·  Chat masala / Amchur powder - 1 tsp
·  Roasted Cumin Seed (Jeera) Powder - 1 tsp
·  Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp for garnish
·  Mint leaves + coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
·  Black Salt - to taste (I used normal salt) 

Pani Puri : Ingredients 

  •          Puri - 12 to 15 pooris
  • ·         Pani - 2 cups
  • ·         Onion - 1 chopped finely
  • ·         Potatoes - 2
  • ·         Chilly powder -1/2 tsp
  • ·         Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • ·         Sprouted green gram - 1/2 cup(I soaked green gram for 4 hrs and pressure cooked for 1      whistle, you can use sprouted green gram too)
  • ·         Mint chutney - 2 tbsp
  • ·         Sweet chutney - 2 tbsp
  • ·         Sev / Oma podi - 1/4 cup
  • ·         Salt - for taste

How to assemble Pani Puri:
  1. Mash the boiled potatoes, mix turmeric, chilli powder and salt, Keep aside.
  2. Crack a small hole in the centre of each puri. Drop a tsp of mashed potatoes, then a tsp of green gram , then add mint chutney, sweet chutney and then chopped onion. Finally top it up with sev and pour the prepared pani.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy the explosion of the sweet tangy and spicy flavors together.Serve immediately as the puris will tend to be soggy after some time. 
Pani Puri is said to be the king of Indian street food .

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