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Calcutta is very famous for its street food culture. It’s a place one will fall in love with in terms of shopping and street food to keep you going through all that shopping! Puchka’s as they are called in Calcutta are the best street food you can have in India on a hot summer day, a rainy day, a gloomy day, basically a day you want your mood to be high lightened. A spicy tangy thirst quenching street food, there is so much one can talk about this famous dish which is popular all over the world.
Around India, this dish is called by different names, In Maharastra and region its Pani Puri, Delhi and northern regions of India its called Gol Gappa, Calcutta Puchka and other parts of India, essentially pani puri. So what ever you choose to call it, with subltle modifications to this recipe you can get your desired taste.
What these are: Little puffed and crips puris, stuffed with spiced poatoes, then dipped in tangy spicy flavored water and eaten as a whole!
Before you try these pucka’s at home, if you are a novice to this dish, then its better you try them on the streets or a restaurant to understand how this dish has to be savored.Makes: 20 puri’s
Ingredients for the Pani
Ingredients for the filling
Method for Pani
Blend all the ingredients and strain; discard the residue. Add about 3 to 4 cups of water. Refrigerate before serving or just add ice.
Method for Filling
Mix all the ingredients and set aside.
Serving the Puchka’s/Pani Puri’s
Tap the Puri at the center lightly to make a half inch hole in it.
Add about 1 teaspoon of the filling into the puri.
Now add 1 tablespoon of the Date and Tamarind Chutney. This is optional for people who do not like the sweet taste along with the sour taste. Some like the pani to be chilli hot, some like it sweet and hot, some like it just sweet. So alter it to your taste and have fun.
Dip the filled puri into the chilled pani water, garnish with chopped onions and serve immediately.
Alternative serving suggestions for the filling
You can make the filling healthier by adding boiled green moong and spice it according to your taste.
Or just boiled spiced potatoes. So basically, the filling is a lentil/ potato mixture. Experiment the filling with your imagination with a spiced mixture.