Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pani Puri

Chats happen to be one of my favourite. During my school days, every year we used to go to Mumbai during Ganapathi. I have my cousin's, uncles and aunts over there. My pacchi [Referred to Younger uncle's wife or mom's younger sister. Here it is my uncle's wife] used to make a lot of snacks like Ragda Pattis, Pani Puni, Bhel Puri at home. She was the first person who taught us how to make Pani Puri. When she came to our house from Mumbai she would make something for us kids and all my cousin's were invited. Infact, I first tasted Pizza at home. When I was 7th My bappi had come for some training. We got some ready Pizza bases. He made the topping and generously poured tomato ketchup and grated Amul Cheese. Since then I have been hooked onto it. My pacchi has taught me quite a few recipes and infact she had also got me few recipes of Shahi paneer, Malai kofta etc handwritten by my cousin sister,Shruthika. I still have that book back at home :). This time when I was in mumbai for 2 days I made it a point to have Vada Pav( near my pacchi's house in Chembur, there is a vendor who makes awesome Vada pav. I had them for dinner :P).
Anyway's coming to this post this has been long due since Deepawali. It was during that time, I along with my friend Smitha made Pani Puri. There were lot of hurdles when we started doing this. But final outcome was good and all of us were happy with the results. This recipe has been done with minimum ingredients that is available in everyone's pantry yet with satisfying results.
For the Puri:
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour/Atta
1/2 cup Semolina
salt to taste

Procedure:
1) Mix atta, semolina and salt well. Add enough water to make a stiff dough. It should be made like puri dough. Pinch a tennis sized ball and roll into a big chapathi. Using a cookie cutter cut rounds and deep fry in oil until crisp. Do not add to very hot oil as this will lead to browning.


For Paani:
When making pani puri we realised that we did not have chat masala or kaala namak. So we decided to make it with what we had in hand. We ground corriander leaves with few mint leaves, green chilli & salt. Added jeera-corriander powder. Added few Boondi's to the water. Tastes good when chilled.

For Tamarind Chutney:
Soaked equal parts of tamarind and jaggery together in little water for 1/2 an hour. Squeezed the tamarind out. Added salt and chilli powder to taste.

For Filling:
Sprouted moong (Green gram) partially boiled with salt to taste.

Assembling:
Make a small hole in the puri. Fill it partially with little boiled sprouts. Add Tamarind chutney and fill the puri with paani and eat immediately before it gets soggy.

Along with Pani puri we had also made Masala Puri. For making the masala I followed my Ragda recipe. Place roughly crushed puri's on plate. Pour the gravy. Add chopped onions, Tamarind and sev on top. Serve with chopped coriander leaves and curd if desired.


32 comments:

sowmya said...

my favourite..am drooing here..

Sunshinemom said...

I like the introduction. Could you indicate the English equivalent in brackets when you use Konkani terms like Pacchi etc.? I like knowing the terms we use for various relatives in different langauages:). Paani poori looks delicious!

VG said...

I have only heard of this dish when I watch hindi movies. Coming from Malaysia, I have never seen or tasted it before. Now I can try it at home. Thanks Uj.

Poonam said...

This is our favourite yummy!!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,my favorite too! Making me hungry now:)

Uj said...

Thank you all for quick comments
Harini,
I have updated the post. Thanks for reminding. We use the term pacchi for either mom's younger sister or dad's younger bro's wife.

Asha said...

Mouthwatering chaat! From scratch sounds good! Slurp!:)

Ashwini said...

from scratch..Yesterday my husband was telling he would help me in making the puris from scratch for the pani puri..but we postponed the plan..looks mouthwatering..

yasmeen said...

With home made fresh puri and its tangy accompaniments,the chaat is a mouthwatering treat:)

Namrata Kini said...

Your puris have puffed up really well. I am also from Chembur. (Pestom Sagar). Don't know if u have heard abt it.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

did u make it from scratch? good job!! homemade are much better and fresh too..i am dreaming about pani puris now..

Happy cook said...

May i have that plate, please.
Looks so yumm drolley delicious.

Deepa Hari said...

wow...pani puris look yum UJ...my favourite too...Thanks for sharing.

Varsha Vipins said...

My Fav Uj..we used to sink into it,while in Pune..almost every evening..such a delight..:)

AnuSriram said...

Never tried making these small puris at home.. will try your recipe. Masal puri is my favourite and your looks awesome.. i'm sure it would have tasted heavenly.

Usha said...

Puris have puffed up beautifully and look perfect, great job !

Swapna Pravin said...

Awesome. I tried making pani puri with readmade stuff. This sounds wonderful..

Cham said...

Ur puris recipe is quiet different, mine is still sitting in draft! Love the whole combo u made, would have been fun eating all these puris

n33ma said...

O love pani puri,but I always buy the ready made puris......one question dont they usually mix some kind of soda instead of water?
Your puris have turned out great looking.....

Raaga said...

these look lovely... pass me a plate please.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow makes me droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

DEESHA said...

thatz sooper delicious .. I love Paani Puri .. drooling over that plate

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Wow... This is my fav. Looks so good. Nice recipe. Puris have turned out perfect for u.... YUM!

Suma Rajesh said...

i just love it..i want them right now..

veggie belly said...

i love the tangy goodness of pani puri..this looks like a great snack!

Andhra Flavors said...

Uj, you done a good job. for me, puri making is difficult work in this process.

Dhanya said...

Hi UJ,

Pani Puri looks yummy and delicious.

Sia said...

drool...
drool...
and simply drool...

Uj said...

Thank you all for your comments.
Neema,
My cousin was saying that she had seen her friend's mom using some club soda. I have never tried it though :)

Cham,
Do post your recipe too.. will love to try it.

DK said...

have always loved these! look yum!

Vishali said...

Hey Ujwal...nice mouth watering Pani Puri yar....good one.. I just love it.

Vishali said...

Hey Ujwal...nice mouth watering Pani Puri yar....good one.. I just love it.