Summer holidays with cousins only meant one thing; that mom would make pani puri that week! This is also the dish that my mum used to trick me into eating raw onions which I HATE by the way.
There are different versions of the same Pani Puri which is called by different names in different states of the country.
Since my cousins are all grown up and all married with kids, pani puri seemed to have taken a back seat for a long time. So, we decided to bring it back and redefining it; these days it's a gathering with our neighbours, they are also usually the really nice people who also taste my dishes when I make them.
Only when I started typing down the recipe did I realise how overwhelming it seems, but I assure you, it really is not, It's pretty simple as long as you have everything set aside to assemble in the end.
Here is the Pani Puri we made last week:
For the potato stuffing:
For the sweet pani (Sweet Water Mixture):
For the spicy pani (Spicy Water Mixture):
- Boil the shelled peas with some salt. When done, drain and set aside
- Boil the potatoes, allow it to cool, peel it, mash it add the ingredients under " Potato Stuffing", mix well and set aside
- Take a small pot and add all the ingredients under Sweet Pani to about quarter litre of water and keep stirring as you bring it to boil.
- The mixture has to thicken, boil for 10 minutes. remove it from heat and set it aside to cool.
- For the Spicy Pani: Take pudina (mint leaves) and green chillies in a small blender and blend to a fine paste. (See notes)
- Add the pani puri masala, salt, black salt and the blended mixture to taste to 1-1.5 litres of water. mix well and set it aside
- Finally the assembly:
- Take the puri, use your thumb to pop a hole in it, add the potato stuffing, the boiled peas, then the chopped onions, add the sweet pani, the spicy pani and eat immediately.
- For the spicy pani ( Spicy water) - The mint leaves and chilli paste tends to be very spicy (Duh!) please use only as much as you think is necessary. Do not add all of it!
- The Puri can be purchased at the store, it usually comes in a packet of about 50 puris.
- For the sweet pani, you could use tamarind about a lemon sized or about 1 table spoon of tamarind paste.