June 2, 2009

Paani Puri /Golgappa

During my childhood days, I never knew what a chaat is. No idea of what is bhel/paani pooris are. But later knew about thro friends and my cousins. But never got an opportunity to taste them. During the visit to Chennai after my 10th std, got to taste bhel puri and paani puri. Its only post marriage that I got taste different kinds of chaats on my trip to then Bombay. Blogging has introduced few more street foods, which are speciality to Mumbai like Dabeli,tawa pulao etc. In the place I live, we will have to wait for an exhibition to come up which will have the inevitable chaat and pappad stall. So if I get the craving to gulp down some pani puris, the only option is to make it myself. After repeated trials, I have got the proportion of flour correct for the pooris so that they are crisp and stay puffed for long. I made these the day before and served it for dinner the next day. It retained the puff, which is essential for paani puris.

For the puris

Rava/Semolina – 1/2 cup

Maida/all purpose flour – 1/2 cup

Oil – 1 tblspn

Salt –1/2 tspn

Water as required

Oil to deep fry


Mix all the ingredients except water. Add water little by little to get a soft dough. Leave for 10 minutes. The dough would be tight after the resting time due to the rava present in it. Knead the dough for 5 minutes to soften it. Pinch a lime sized dough and roll into chapathi as thin as possible. Cut into circles with a cookie cutter or the cover of a suitable container. I got around 60 puris.

Heat oil in a wok. When it is moderately hot (not smoking hot), slide 2/3 puris into the oil. It will puff on its own. Gently flip and drain when it is slightly brown. Cool and store in airtight container if you are not using it immediately.

For paani

Green chutney

Coriander leaves – 1 cup

Handful of mint leaves

Green chillies – 3 nos

Cumin/jeera – 1 tspn


Grind all the ingredients together. Add water to get a smooth paste. I usually freeze this chutney in small portions.

Date and tamarind chutney

Dates seeded – 10 nos

Jaggery – 4 tblspn

Tamarind extract – 2 tblspn

Red chilli powder – 1 tspn

Roasted fennel seeds – 1 tspn

Salt – a pinch

Soak dates in a cup of warm water for 15 minutes. Grind together soaked dates, jaggery, tamarind paste, red chilli powder and salt.

Adjust the consistency by adding water. Heat a kadai and transfer the ground paste. Let it simmer for few minutes till it reaches a saucy consistency. Stir in the roasted fennel seeds.

For filling

There are various options to use as filling – like boiled and mashed potatoes, sprouted moong, onions, tomatoes, boondhis,cooked channa etc…
I have used sprouted black channa and moong, chopped onions and tomatoes. I cooked the sprouted black channa and microwaved moong sprouts for 2 minutes.

Dilute both chutneys with water and keep it in separate bowls or mix them together. Also instead of preparing separate chutneys, you can prepare one chutney with the ingredients ground together.

Take a puri. Make a hole by pressing on the crisp, puffed side. Add the fillings. Dip the filled puri in the desired paani and gulp it down. Enjoy till the puris are finished.


  1. I have to totally agree with you i too didn't know about chat, till i was a teenager.
    And now i love chat, i have them in B'lore and in Mumbai when we are there.
    Yours look so perfect and so dleicous.

  2. pani puri is my fav chaat..looks delicious

  3. Hmmmm healthy pani poori....those stuffings make it healthy and yum...

  4. Pani poori is one thing which i can have it at any time of the day even for my brkfast..looks yummy..

  5. mouth watering gol gappas. The sprouts and salads make it nutritious as well!

  6. The puris look like they've come out really well. That's a yummy platter.

  7. making me drool early in the morning..loovvveee chaats..you made th epooris too..thye loook perfet!!!

  8. I love these soo much .. looks very tempting

  9. i loveeeeeeee pani puris..i've tried once at home but totally forgot how we made..Thanks ,Puri is looking puffy..have bookmarked it..will try in a weekend!!

  10. I love Pani puris and it looks so perfect and crispy.

  11. The puris are looking nice and puffy, the first time I made it, it was sloppy now I perfected it... the chutney are divine and I wish I could also gulp down a few pani puris now!!!

  12. Ummm I just saw Poornima sev chat and now here pani puri....u all make me drool so much :(...I have bookmarked it..perhaps try this weekend as my nephew will be coming

  13. wow..., I am drooling over it.., my tounge is tickling :), your golgoppa, looks so yum..., it's been a long time since i did these, most of the time ate in the street corner:), when it is readily available why cook it !, that was the mentality making them twice.., now your platter is calling for making it may be i will do this weekend as my sis will be visiting me!,

  14. Thanks Jaya. It was worth the trip to India even after 18yrs but pollution and traffic scares me of course. I loved seeing family and friends, enjoyed it a lot. Hopefully I will make another trip in 4yrs! :)

    I avoided Pani Poori stalls in B'lore streets but Latha made me some at home, loved it.Looks great here too. Enjoy, see you in Fall.

  15. It looks so cute!if its a correct word to describe :) So crispy and yummy.

  16. mouthwatering...love the mung and chana stuffing:)

  17. yummm..yummm...I can just go on having pani puris. This looks so tempting and good.

  18. wow what a recipe very healthy mouthwatering.perfect snack . Thank you so much dear for your support in my blog. Thanks a lot.

  19. What a spread! you made everything from scratch!! Those pooris look perfect!

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  21. your puris are perfect...will definitely try it!
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  22. Wow!! Mouthwaterin Golcappa!! I enjoyed street pani puri during my visit to Delhi. In the morning you are making me to think about gol cappa:-)

  23. First time to ur blog .. i love pani puri .. the spreading is making me tempting.. Loved ur blog so much jayashree. will be often here..

  24. Golgappa is hubby's fav.. he would love to have the whole plate..
    this is my first visit to ur blog... good recipes..

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