Sunday, January 29, 2012


Pani Puri
Iam happily getting used to this. Being lazy and not cooking elaborate!I would love to be like this forever but sometimes when I think of my bloggie and it's future, I get excited and plan on cooking something different.A lot of times, cooking happens but I won't get the time to photograph what I cook. Therefore,my blog was inactive for a good part of this month :-D
Pani Puri
For the past few days, something was on my mind and I had to make it,as always, from scratch!It was our favourite Pani Puri! If you like Chaats, you will love Pani Puris! In India,it's usually sold by the plate (with a specific number of Puris on it) but when you make it at home, you are the one who decides how many puris should be on a plate! I should rather keep quite than blurt out the number of puris on my plate :-)

Of course, we shared it with our friends too! What's special in cooking something special and not sharing it with people you like? I must say, they all loved it.It was an instant hit with the two of us. The tangy spicy Pani (water) was so so good! This is a messy thing to eat and you have to eat it the messy way, with your fingers.
Pani Puri
This time, when Amma and I went to Delhi, we stopped by the India Gate and the first thing we did there was to eat Pani Puris from a roadside vendor. It was YUM!They store the Pani in earthenware pots so it remains very very cool,making this wonderfully spicy tangy crunchy thing super duper delicious! This is so so simple to make at home and this recipe is just plain wonderful!

Pani PuriRecipe Source: Manjula's Kitchen

For Puris
1/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c semolina/rava
About 1/4-1/2 c water

Method: Mix the dry ingredients together, in a bowl. Add enough water to it to form a smooth yet firm dough. Knead to make it soft,about a minute or so.Cover it with a damp towel and leave it aside for 10 mins. Form 60 tiny balls and roll out into small circles, around 2 inches in diameter. Keep these under a damp towel or else they will get dry.Fry them in hot oil. Add one circle at a time and press down with a slotted spoon till it puffs up, then turn it and let it continue frying while you add the next circle of dough.Remove when they turn golden brown in colour.Reserve.

For the Pani/Spicy Water
1c mint leaves
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp tamarind syrup
5 green chilies
1 tsp black salt
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry ginger powder
1/8 tsp asafoetida
1 tbsp roasted cumin powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 cups water

Method: Blend all the ingredients with just enough water. Check for seasonings, it should be spicy. Strain the mixture and add the remaining water. Chill overnight for best results.

Assembly: You can use boiled channa/boiled and mashed potatoes for stuffing. Drizzle some Khatta Meeta chutney and top with some diced red onions, cilantro and sev.Dip into the spicy water and enjoy!
Pani Puri

I don't care whether it's summer or winter to have chaats! I am game for it anytime. How about you?


Ambika said...

Pani puris look awesome!! Loved the puris, mine never puff up so beautifully. Loved the pani too!! I think I'm going to make some this week, you've got me craving for chat now :)

Rekha shoban said...

yummy panipuri...puri looks very cute!

Deepthi Shankar said...

Yummy .. I love pani puri too .. Love the floating pani puri picture

Eat & Burpp said...

Was really missing your posts Ria!! Great that you are back and that too with such a chat-pata treat!! Yummy...lovely fotos...lovely recipe!

Rose /Magpie said...

wow! have never thought to make pani puris from scratch! You make it sound easy to produce those gorgeous chubby little ones!

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

ur puris hav come out perfect!
hope u r doing well!


May said...

Oh my, you made the puris yourself?? My son will definitely be on cloud 9 even if I only attempt this Ria!!!

Manju said...

one of my fav...

ramya said...

Hey Ria.....miss your frequent posts...And the pani puri looks lovely...reminded me of college days and the dear old 'gadi wallah'

A Kamalika Krishmy said...

Lovely puris.. i love them.. glad to see a post after a long time.

Faseela said...

awesome.....as always....superb clicks

Unknown said...

wow v nice...worth the effort

Priya Suresh said...

Glad to see u back with an incredible post, pani puris makes me hungry.

Archana said...

Wow Awesome. Drooling here and that too after a chaat dinner.

Nisha said...

love 'em. absolutely love 'em.
a vacation to India is INCOMPLETE without Pani Puris!

divya said...

simply superb...i'm drooling over here.

Princy Vinoth said...

looks amazing..want to grab one thru the screen :)

Nupur said...

How do u do it Ria.. simply superb creation.:)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

i can have pani puri anytime of the day, the puri looks perfectly crisp! lovely clicks...musthave been a seriously yummy chaat party :)

Manju said...

my all time fav :)

Unknown said...

How are you doing Ria? Miss your posts and baking. Pani puri loks so perfectly done!

Ria Mathew said...

Thanks everyone!

May, yes! I made it myself :)
Athisaya Divya, I am doing good! Thanks :)

Javelin Warrior said...

These are stunning and I've never been more intrigued! I have featured your post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration...

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking golgappa following you on google friends

Unknown said...

I can't believe you actually made Puris at home. WOW!

Unknown said...

my fav pai puris made perfect Ria... they look perfect and want them now... plzzz

Priya ;-)

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