Monday, March 28, 2011

Chaat Mela #1 - Pani Puri

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All Indians would be familiar with the term Chaat and are mostly big time fans of chaat as well :)

Chaat is basically a plate of savory snack served mostly on the roadside stalls or carts in India. This style of food originated in Northern states of India and spread across covering the entire country now :)

I am so inclined towards chaat items and can afford to break my diet plans for them anytime. Most of the time I step out of home for some shopping, I end up snacking on some roadside chaat :)

Hence 4th Sense Cooking would celebrate the love for Chaat in the next few posts calling it Chaat Mela :)

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Pani puri takes the first place in the list of chaats and I can easily call it the King of Chaats :)

Pani puri is also called as Gol Gappa, Pani Ke Bataashe or Gup Chup. Its a very popular snack comprising of a hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with various mixtures and finally dipped in flavored water.

I am going to give me quick version of pani puri here with store bought puri and Pani puri masala for the pani.

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Recipe for Mint chutney

Ingredients:

Mint leaves(pudina) - 1 bunch
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
Salt - for taste

Method:

Clean and wash the mint leaves. Grind mint leaves, green chillies, ginger and salt together to make the mint chutney.

You can store this for upto ten days in the refrigerator and use them.

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Recipe for Sweet chutney:

Ingredients:

Dates - 10
Tamarind paste - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1 tblsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Asafoetida - a pinch

Method:

Soak the dates in warm water for one hour.

Grind the dates, tamarind paste and jaggery together in the mixie until smooth.

Take a pan and add just a spoon of oil and crackle cumin seeds. Add the ground paste and a little water and cook this on medium flame for a while. Add a pinch of salt and asafoetida and mix well. Switch off once the chutney is slightly thick and sticky.

Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.

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Method to make pani:

I bought ready made pani puri powder by Everest brand and diluted 5 tblsp of powder for 2 cups of water to make pani.

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I used store bought puri too :P I was a little lazy you see ;) I wanted everything to be ready in a jiffy. So choose to buy them :)

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Recipe to make Pani Puri:

Ingredients:

Puri - 10
Pani - 2 cups
Onion - 1
Potatoes - 3
Chilly powder - for taste
Salt - for taste
Sprouted green gram - 1/2 cup
Mint chutney
Sweet chutney
Bhujia(oma podi) - 1/2 cup

Method:

Cook the potatoes and smash them. Mix a tsp of chilly powder and required salt to the mashed potatoes.

Chop onion finely and keep it aside.

Now to assemble the puri, break open a hole on one side of the puri and drop a tsp of mashed potato. Follow it by a tsp of chopped onion, then a tsp of sprouted green gram, then mint chutney and sweet chutney. Finally top it with some bhujia and serve them with a cup of prepared pani. :)

Pour a tblsp of pani into the filled puri and gobble them into your mouth :)

Mmmmmyummmmyummm pani puri is ready :) Enjoy making and enjoy eating as well :)

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Tips:

Check both the sides of the puri and choose the weakest side of the puri to break open a hole. This will help to keep the pani inside the puri till you gobble them.

If you want to make these for a party, you can mix the mint chutney and sweet chutney to the pani itself and get all the puris filled with the rest of the ingredients and set it ready before you serve. Avoiding the wet ingredients(Mint and sweet chutney) in the puri will keep the puri crisp until it is served.

If you happen to find a lot of broken puris or puris with lots of holes, just crush them and put them in a bowl with all the other ingredients and enjoy eating a mixed chaat :)

Written by: Nithya
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55 comments:

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Awesome clicks and really teasing me!! All pics are 100 % clicked to tempt who see it!! You are a devil nithi ;) haha,nice post,cute pics!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nithi, the first click is too good Am not a fan of pani porri but still seeing ur clicks feel like grabbing few pooris from the screen :)

kitchen queen said...

Hi Nithya, I too am a big fan of chaat since I am a mumbaikar I make sure that whenever I am there I don't miss out on any items.Esp the vada pav which when eaten u feel like heaven.Ur pictures r lovely and tempting too.

Prathibha said...

Pani poori is my hot favorite chaat..can eat for brkfast,lunch n dinner..loved the 2nd pic a lot...pani dripping from it.its a teaser..:)

Divya.M said...

Wow...nice clicks nithi......love to grab from the picture.....

Chitra said...

wow, awesome clicks nithi.u made me drrooooll :)

kannamma said...

drooooooooool...
Stumbled on to your blog from mindful meanderings...
amazing job....

Jay said...

wow...nice creative clicks...wonderful presentation Nits..:)

Zareena said...

Mindblowing clicks as always..:) Loved this gol gappas a lot. You make me drool dear....

Sara said...

Very tempting. Perfect clicks.

Saraswathi Iyer
Sara's Corner

Sumi said...

I have never tasted pani puri in my life. Yes its true :) ..but I regret it after seeing all your pictures. Bookmarked the post , I will make it someday for a party :)

Divya Kudua said...

Trust you to come up with something like this--what a post..replete with the pani bowl covered with red cloth!I feel like eating pani puri now..shall I come over?Fantastic pics!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Perfect chat dear,I love all the clicks...Your Presentations are always awesome.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Amazing shots! Enough to make me drool here! :D

Krithika said...

very lovely clicks...makes it very interesting!!
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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

pretty and tempting clicks..I am drooling over them !!

Prathima Rao said...

OMG!!! Saying awesome is underestimating these too tempting, gorgeous clicks!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Kairali sisters said...

Me not being a fan of chaats, is literally drooling at those cliks Nithya...Awesoem, fabulous, i am actually not getting a right word..Great job..

Pavithra said...

Cute post nithi... All the shots are so cute and mini chaat wala there. Even I too wanted to post chaat series but not really finding time. For now I am seriously tempted.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Paani Poori looks so inviting. I wish I was there and could have a dozen of the gol gappas.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

nivedita said...

HI
LLLLLLLLLLloooooooooovvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeelyyyyyyy clicks.
MMouuuuuth watering gol gappas,
My dream : to develop the software that can allow us to grab the food from the computer monitor :-))))))))))
I want all the gol gappas here

Pari said...

Well written post dear and love the small pot.

FOODELICIOUS

Harika's Kitchen said...

Oh my god awesome clicks. This looks tasty and yummy. I used to eat them in india near by my street.

savitha ramesh said...

Cute paani poori.Looks delicious.So much flavoured.

Vimitha Anand said...

Who wont love this yummy combination... Awesome clicks..
You have an award waiting in my blog... Pls collect it...
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Vidhya said...

Never tried making this at home your detailed recipe is giving me courage to venture into making this.Awesome pics as usual.

Panchpakwan said...

All time fav...your tempting me so much with your presentation and clicks..

Sayantani said...

superb post...awesome clicks.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Delicious n mouthwatering....looks really yum...that second pic is killing me....envy u and craving and drooling as I scroll down the pics..mmmmmm..tempting...
Sanyukta
http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

Sathya Sankar said...

Pani puri looks delicious, mouthwatering clicks!

Priya said...

Very addictive chaat, just drooling rite now here...seriously i want to have some rite now..

San said...

Hey Nits,it's your responsibility now to send all of these :D Amazing pics .

divya said...

Looks delicious...mouthwatering...thanks for sharing.

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy chaat makes me want to have some pani puri

Priya's Feast said...

Luv the pani in earth ware to keep it cool,and ur tip on how to break the puri..Nice post on pani purris..

radha said...

Looks lovely and tempting

Shama Nagarajan said...

tempting clicks ...yummy chaat

Rekha shoban said...

wow!!superb click.....tempting and cute pani puri!!!

Raksha said...

wow, i felt like having one after seeing this :)

Malar said...

wow..nice clicks..

Sanctified Spaces said...

Captured the soul of street food in your pictures.

sanjeeta kk said...

Oh..that minty water dropping from the gol gappa is just making me mad :) Lovely post, Nithi!

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Ananda Rajashekar said...

Girl i'm sold out now, gosh i miss pani puri's it's fantastic!

Sunshine And Smile said...

slurp slurp.. who doesn't like pani poori .. yummm!
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Ria Mathew said...

Beautiful pictures and post, Nithi! Loved it!

Eat Hearty said...

slurp slurp slurp!!!

Ankita
http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com/

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Wonderful clicks, just drooling here...Nice post.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Aaaa I cant resist Nithi....
But I m going to make them v soon.. Have grabed my puri's from Indian store in the weekend...
Have all the ingredients shelved.. just pani to b made

DEESHA said...

A yummy post .... great job with the pics, Nithi

Swapna said...

Beautiful post and pictures Nithi!!!

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Unknown said...

Pani Puri (or phuchka) is a great fast food item and I just love it... here's my version for preparing this at home. Learned the technique from my mom... Enjoy.

http://www.bestofkanchan.com/indian-recipes/home-made-pani-puri-phuchka-gol-gappa/

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