Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pani Puri Recipe-How to make Pani Poori-Golgappas-Chaat Recipes

Pani pooris are known as "Golgappas" in North India and "poochkas" in West Bengal. It is a very popular street food or chaat item in India. This snack is loved by both youngsters and adults.The crisp puris are stuffed with potatoes, moong sprouts/chickpeas and then filled with spicy chilled masala water and served. Making pani puri at home is hygienic and economical. Today we will learn a very easy method to make pani poori at home following our simple recipe. 

Pani Poori
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How to make pani poori at home

Ingredients needed for the pani

Ice cold water - 3 cups
Green chutney - 3 tbsp
Sweet chutney (dates tamarind chutney) - 2 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Chaat masala powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Roasted Cumin/jeera powder -1 tsp (dry roast cumins seeds and powder it)
Boondi - fistful

(Click the link for green chutney and sweet chutney recipes)

Method for preparing Pani 

Take ice cold water in a bowl and mix all the ingredients mentioned above from green chutney to jeera powder. There are no hard and fast rules regarding the measurement. You can taste the pani and add more or less of chutney or spice powder according to your personal preferences. Chill for an hour for the flavors to get blended well with the pani. Add a fistful of boondi to the pani.

So now our pani/spiced water for pani poori is ready.

Pooris - 15 pooris - These pooris are easily available in supermarkets, so you do not have to strain yourself making these pooris. After all, we are not going to have pani puri everyday. You can get it ready made. I got it ready made from Nilgiris. Anyway I will post the poori recipe later.

Ingredients needed for the filling

Potatoes - 3-4 medium sized ones
Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Cumin/jeera powder -1 tsp
Chaat masala - a pinch

Green gram dal /whole moong dal - 3/4 cup

Onion - 1 finely chopped
Coriander leaves - as needed (finely chopped)


Pressure cook potatoes, peel the skin and mash it well. Add finely chopped green chillies, red chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala, salt needed and mix well. Keep it aside.

Soak green gram dal/ moong dal overnight and sprout it. Learn how to sprout moong dal. Steam the moong sprouts with salt needed and a pinch of turmeric powder. Instead of moong dal, you can use cooked chick peas also. 

how to make pani puri

Assembling and how to serve

If you have everything ready, making pani poori is a breeze.

Take a poori, make a hole in the center big enough to fill the stuffing.(see picture below - just tap the thin side of the puri with your index finger)

Now fill the poori with a little potato mix.

Top it with moong sprouts or cooked chickpeas.

Add finely chopped onions, sprinkle just a pinch of chilli powder, chaat masala and roasted jeera powder.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and sev.

Immerse it in chilled pani and eat the whole poori with the stuffing and pani right away.

Enjoy homemade pani puri!!


More Street food/Chaat recipes 

Pav Bhaji (most popular)

Dahi Vada  (dahi bhalla)

Bhel Poori

Dahi Papdi Chaat 

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  1. lovely presentation and delicious looking golgappas :)

  2. Looks yummy, lovely the first tempting..

  3. Chat! I can hv anytime esp. Pani Puri .. Nicely done

  4. lovely padhu :) u r breaking my diet plan !

  5. Yummy looking golgappa's You pictures are so crisp & clear. my mouth is watering

  6. Looks tempting and yummy..beautiful clicks

  7. Love Pani puri.. You have made it perfectly at home..

  8. Golgappas are my favs !! Lovely post dear :)

  9. love that first click padhu...they are so perfectly done...this is my most fav chat...during my pregnancy i had them every weekend(doc advised not to have everyday) that crazy for this

  10. perfectly made crisp puris, making us drool :-)

  11. The pani puris are inviting. Love the filling and also the paani.
    Looks perfect.

  12. Omg, i want some rite now, cant stop drooling myself here..Very tempting post.

  13. This pani puri looks sensational!!! Yummmm!!!!!!

  14. Aah .. I wish I wre yur sister, daughter or atleast your neighbour to enjoy all your delicacies !

  15. Oh God padhu this pic makes me want to take one gol gappa and put all the stuff and dunk it n to the paani. Lovely pics.


  16. Hi padhu, ur blogs been really helpful for me. The paani puri s really tempting. ...:-) thank u for all the efforts......

  17. Not everybody seem to use Dates for sweet chutney... your recipe is indeed authentic.

  18. Its simply outstanding recipe.I will try to take notes and prepare this item and going to stun my family members as a pani puri wala. Thanks to my guru Padhu.

  19. Hi your recipes are simply superb, I tried this Pani Puri, wow it's great my hubby and kids loved it. I am your recipe follower.


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