Pani Puri – Make it in 4 super tasty ways!

Pani Puri
Pani Puri

Pani Puri – A famous street food

Pani Puri is a favourite street snack across India where bite sized crisp puris are served by adding a chatpata filling.

It is loved by people of all ages and is made in many different ways. The most common versions of the Pani or water are Sweet and Tangy and Spicy and tangy.

Nowadays, however, people are inventing different flavors and serving the traditional Pani Puri with various fillings. Fusion is an “in-thing” with this popular snack these days.

Going with the trend, I thought of trying to make this yummy snack in four ways:

  1. Pudina (Mint) Pani with Ragda
  2. Orange Pani with fruits
  3. Garlic Pudina Pani with Onions
  4. Imli (Tamarind) pani with Potato

I have, of course, used Puris, which are easily available in the market these days, to fill the mixtures and have served the flavored water in shot glasses.

Flavored Water

I have given a Hing (Asafoetida) smoke flavor to all the different flavor waters. This is optional but if you would like to do this, follow these steps:

  1. You need to burn a piece of coal on the gas.
  2. When it is red hot, remove it in a small bowl, sprinkle a large pinch of Hing and one Tsp Ghee/Oil.
  3. As soon as the smoke arises, cover the bowl with the container in which you intend to add the flavored water. 

Tip: You could make the flavored water in a different container and transfer it to the smoked container later.

Here are the recipes of the four different flavors I have made:

Pudina Pani (Mint) with Ragda:

Ragda

Ragda

Ingredients:

  1. 50 gms Yellow Peas
  2. Salt as per taste
  3. 1 Tsp Oil
  4. Finely chopped green chillies
  5. 1 tsp Jeera/Cumin

 

Procedure

  1. Take the yellow peas and cook them in the cooker for 3-4 whistles.
  2. Mash it after it cools down.
  3. Add Salt and give a tadka with finely chopped green chillies and jeera.

Pudina Pani

Ingredients

  1. 5-6 Tbsp Pudina Chutney 
  2. 1 glass chilled water.

 

 

 

Procedure

  1. Take the pudina chutney in a bowl and add chilled water to it.
  2. Mix well.

Serving

  1. Make a hole in the puri
  2. Add one Tbsp Ragda to it.
  3. Fill the puri with chilled Pudina Pani and enjoy!

Orange Pani with fruits:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Glass Minute Maid pulpy Orange drink (You could use any other orange flavour drink/juice)
  2. 1/2 glass water
  3. Salt as per taste
  4. 1 Tsp Roasted Jeera
  5. Assorted chopped fruits.

 

 

 

Procedure

  1. Mix one glass Minute Maid pulpy Orange drink with 1/2 glass water
  2. Add salt and roasted jeera
  3. Mix well.

Tip: In this recipe, you can add any of your favorite chopped fruits. To enhance the flavor, you can add some roasted jeera and salt to the fruits.

Serving

  1. Make a hole in the pani puri
  2. Add one Tbsp fruit to it
  3. Fill the puri with tangy orange water and enjoy!

Garlic Pudina Pani with Onions:

Ingredients:

  1. 4-5 Tbsp Pudina Chutney
  2. 1 glass chilled water
  3. 3-4 garlic cloves (Roughly ground)
  4. Salt as per taste
  5. 1 Onion (finely chopped)

 

 

Procedure

  1. Mix the roughly ground garlic with pudina chutney
  2. Add salt and mix well
  3. Add one glass chilled water to this mixture

Serving

  1. Make a hole in the pani puri
  2. Add 1Tsp chopped onion
  3. Fill the puri with spicy garlic water and enjoy!

Imli (Tamarind) Pani with Potato:

Ingredients:

For Imli Chutney:

  1. 1 Cup Tamarind
  2. 1 Cup Jaggery/Sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  4. 1 Tbsp Roasted and ground Jeera (Cumin) powder
  5. Water
  6. Salt to taste.

Procedure:

  1. Soak the tamarind in water for 4-5 hours.
  2. Mash over a seive and remove the pulp.
  3. Add Jaggery/Sugar, Red chilli powder, Jeera and salt and mix well.
  4. Keep aside for an hour to let the jaggery/sugar dissolve. Mix well.
  5. The chutney is ready to use.

Note: You can preserve this chutney in an air-tight container for 10-15 days in the fridge.

Imli Pani and Potato filling:

Ingredients:

  1. 4-5 Tbsp Imli Chutney
  2. 1 glass chilled water
  3. 2 medium sized potatoes (boiled and cooled)
  4. 1 Tbsp Red chilli powder
  5. 1 chopped green chilli (Optional)
  6. 2 Tbsp chopped Coriander
  7. Salt to taste.

Procedure:

For the pani

  1. Take the prepared Imli chutney in a bowl.
  2. Add one glass chilled water and mix well

For the Potato filling

  1. Peel and mash two boiled potatoes.
  2. Add Red chilli powder, chopped green chilli (Optional), chopped Coriander and Salt and mix well.

 

 

 

Serving

  1. Make a hole in the pani puri
  2. Add 1 Tbsp Potato mixture to it.
  3. Fill the puri with tangy Imli ka Pani and enjoy!

Note: You could also try mixing the different flavors or trying each flavor with a different filling.

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