Pani puri is a popular street food of India, that does not need any introduction. These small crispy puris have many different names. Some call it paani puri, some call puchka and for some it is gol gappa. This street food is enjoyed by all age groups.
Wheat flour – 3/4 cup
Sooji – 1 cup
Oil for frying
Take wheat flour and sooji. Mix them properly by kneading with warm water into semi hard smooth dough. Cover the dough with wet muslin cloth and keep it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
Now there are two methods to make the puri shapes.
First way to shape the puris
- Divide the dough into small equal marble size balls
- Keep covered with wet muslin cloth
- Roll each ball into 2 inch diameter size puri.
Second way to shape the puris
- Make an orange size ball with the dough.
- Roll into 10 to 12″ size circle.
- With the help of round cutter or a turned bowl, cut as many puris as possible.
- Take the puris and keep them on a plate.
- Mix the left over sides with the dough and repeat the process.
Frying the puris
- Heat sufficient oil in kadai on medium heat
- Fry puris in medium hot oil. Press the puris with a ladle to make them puff. Once the puris puff, slow the flame
- Fry puris until light brown from both sides.
- Take out puris on an absorbent paper. If you feel that the puris are still soft, fry them again.
- Fry 4 to 5 puris at a time.
- To make perfect puris two people should work together
- One should roll the puris and put immediately in hot oil, and the other should fry them. Doing it this way will ensure most number of puffed puris.
Cut boiled potatoes into small pieces. Add salt, chilli powder and roasted jeera powder and mix.
Soak yellow peas for 6 to 7 hours. Pressure cook until peas are fully done and drain water from the peas. Mix few potato pieces along with boiled peas and add red chilli powder, salt and roasted jeera powder and mix.
To eat pani puri
- Make small hole in the center of each puri
- Stuff the desired filling
- Now dip this crispy puri in sour and spicy mint flavoured pani or in khatta meetha kaira ka panna or aam panna and immediately enjoy it while it’s full of the flavorful juice.