For those of you that don’t know what Paani Puri is – then here’s a bit of a filler for you … and I just realised I don’t quite know to describe it to you … hence I’m gonna cheat and give you a Wikipedia description
Pani Puri or Golgappa is a popular street snack in the Indian subcontinent. It comprises a round, hollow "puri", fried crisp and filled with a watery mixture of tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. Its size is small enough to fit in the mouth.
The term golgappa refers to the fact that crisp sphere ("gol") is placed in the mouth and eaten ("gappa") at one time, without biting. Pani comes from the Hindi word for water and puri (or poori), an Indian bread made by frying dough in oil.
At this point you must be wondering why am I providing you all with a description about Pani Puris ? Whenever I think about Pani Puri’s I have tended to associate them with some really fond memories whilst I was growing up.
I’m somewhere around 10-4 years old, standing in front of one of the most popular Pani Puri restaurant snack counter – practically gulping down ‘teekhah mitha’ pani puris … In fact a very old school friend, SH (known her since ‘93) sent me a message on FaceBook the other day and we were recapping our Pani Puri experiences !
I’ve got some serious Pani Puri cravings at this point and can’t wait to get my hands on some from Kailash Parbath near my house !
But there’s more to the story – so keep reading my upcoming posts to discover my secret :P