Golgappa, also known as Pani Puri, is a beloved Indian street food that promises a burst of flavors in every bite. These crispy, hollow spheres filled with a spicy and tangy mixture are the epitome of culinary indulgence. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through making these irresistible street food delights at home.
For Assembling Golgappa/Pani Puri:
- 20-25 puris (hollow, crispy, round shells)
- 1 cup of cooked and mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup of boiled and cooked chickpeas
- 1/2 cup of diced onions
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup of sweet tamarind chutney
- 1/4 cup of green chutney (made with mint and coriander)
- A pinch of red chili powder (for garnish)
- A pinch of roasted cumin powder
- Fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish
- Salt to taste
For the Spicy Pani (Tangy Water):
- 1/4 cup of tamarind pulp
- 1/4 cup of mint leaves
- 1/4 cup of fresh coriander leaves
- 2-3 green chilies (adjust to your spice preference)
- 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of black salt (kala namak)
- 1/2 teaspoon of chaat masala
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper powder
- Salt to taste
- 4-5 cups of cold water
1. Preparing the Spicy Pani (Tangy Water):
- In a blender, combine tamarind pulp, mint leaves, fresh coriander leaves, green chilies, cumin seeds, black salt, chaat masala, black pepper powder, and salt.
- Add cold water and blend everything into a smooth and spicy pani. Adjust the spiciness and salt to your preference.
2. Assembling the Golgappa/Pani Puri:
- Gently crack the top of each puri to create an opening.
- Fill each puri with a spoonful of mashed potatoes, boiled chickpeas, diced onions, and chopped tomatoes.
3. Adding Chutneys:
- Drizzle sweet tamarind chutney and green chutney into each puri.
- Sprinkle roasted cumin powder and a pinch of red chili powder.
4. Pouring the Spicy Pani:
- Place the filled puris on a serving plate.
- Pour the spicy pani into each puri, filling it to the brim.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro (coriander leaves).
- Serve your homemade Golgappa/Pani Puri immediately and enjoy the explosion of flavors.
Golgappa or Pani Puri is a beloved Indian street food that’s all about the combination of textures and bold flavors. Making it at home allows you to enjoy the irresistible taste whenever you desire.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
1. Where can I find puris for Golgappa/Pani Puri?
- You can find puris at Indian grocery stores or use pre-made mini pastry shells as an alternative.
2. Can I adjust the spiciness of the pani?
- Yes, you can control the spiciness by varying the number of green chilies or adding more water to dilute the pani.
3. What if I don’t like spicy food?
- You can make a milder version of the pani by reducing or omitting the green chilies.
4. Can I customize the filling for Golgappa/Pani Puri?
- Yes, you can add other ingredients like sprouted mung beans, boondi, or pomegranate seeds for variety.
5. Is Golgappa/Pani Puri a vegetarian dish?
- Yes, Golgappa/Pani Puri is a vegetarian dish, and you can make it vegan by using dairy-free yogurt.