Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Paani Poori ( Pachranga Style)

Paani Poori is a very very famous street food all over India .Small ,crunchy, puffed poori's stuffed with boiled potatoes & chickpeas , dunked in a spicy tangy water is an all time favorite. With the festivities in full swing, amidst loads  of sweets & fried foods, paani poori comes as a savior to quench your thirst as well as clean the palette. During my last visit to India I spent a lot of time with my sister in Mumbai & being a paani poori  freak herself she took me around town to every paani poori wala she knew of. I ended up having PP almost everyday for the duration of my stay  but the best part being that I tasted innumerable kinds of paani & fillings : as we all will agree that we might be using the same recipe but every individual's preparations will still differ in taste & the way it looks. Having said this I can visualise the Paani Poori wala in my hometown who is one of a kind -serving the most delicious , sweet savoury & spicy PP ever. The PP comes with 4 kinds of water: khatta, mittha, Pudina & Hing wala ( Tangy, sweet, mint & asafoetida) & when you are done eating the last one poori will be filled with potatoes & yogurt  probably to cool down the burning throat & mouth from the very spicy & hot water ( Hmmm -today I'm wondering if that's the reason he was called Pachranga) & the festival season would just be so much more fun as none of our festival shopping sprees would be complete without a stop at the famous Pachranga.

So here comes my recipe with the 4 spicy, sweet & tangy paani:
For the Poori:
1/4 cup  fine sooji / semolina
2 tablespoon Maida/ all purpose flour
2 tablespoon atta / whole wheat flour
oil for frying

For the Paani ( Water)
1 cup Tamarind paste
4 tablespoons paani poori masala( store bought)
2 tablespoon roasted ground cumin
2 tsp black salt
2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint paste
1/4 cup Boondi
1-2 boiled & diced potatoes for filling
1/2 cup boiled chickpeas for filling

For the pooris:

 Start by mixing all the flours together in a bowl & mix well.
Knead it into a not very soft dough by adding just enough water & knead well. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes & knead one more time. Now the dough is ready for rolling.
You can either divide the dough into  25-30 small  balls & roll each one into 2 inch rounds or divide the dough into two parts, roll one part into a thin circle & cut rounds out of it with a small round cookie cutter. Do this with all of the dough but make sure you cover the cut rounds with a damp kitchen towel.
Now heat oil in a deep heavy  bottomed skillet , the oil should be medium hot , drop 3-4 pooris one by one into the oil & let them puff up. Once puffed lower the heat a little,  turn them to the other side & let them be golden brown  & crunchy from all sides. Heating the oil too much will result in puffed pooris but they will be soft .

For The Paani: ( This is just an approximate , you can adjust the amount of spices acc. to taste) 
Mix the tamarind paste with 8-10 cups of water in a large bowl. Add the spices: paani poori masala, salt, red chilli, cumin .
 Now divide this mixture into 4 equal parts to make 4 differently flavoured paani.
To  one part add sugar to make mittha paani ( sweet water)
To the 2nd part add  freshly ground mint paste for Pudina wale paani
To the third part add the asafoetida powder to make hing wala paani
The fourth part is as is to make Khatta or Tangy water
Stir well & add boondi to the water/ refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.

For serving fill the pooris with a mix of   boiled & diced potatoes & chickpeas & the water can be served in individaul glasses or just dunk it into the water jug.
You can also spice up the potato & chickpea mix by adding some tamarind or mint chutney to it.

Enjoy The festival season Friends with these sweet , savoury , spicy & sinful treats......
Happy Navratri &  Dashmi to all my dear friends at blogosphere........



  1. nice recipe and superb presentation...

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  2. Wow! what a classic presentation of super yummy paani poori here Alpana..I am drooling here and couldn't go without leaving a feedback to you.Great job.Thank you.

  3. OMG!! That goes one right in my mouth...I am biggggggggg fannnnnn of pani puri..Lovely presentation..


  4. I can eat golgappa (pani poori) anytime of the day and even after a full-tummy, that's how much I like it.

  5. wonderful post , u simply rock dear with ur recipes and presentation..:)

  6. Alpana, You are rocking with my favorite pani puri... The first and last pictures are really superb. kudos to you. I can feel the sweet tangy taste just by looking at them.

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  7. wow my fav pani poori ... looks so tempting and delicious ...... lovely clicks .....

  8. wow...awesome pics..pls dont tempt me like this.,..i love street food

  9. wow.... one of my favorite,awesome clicks.

  10. Beautiful clicks the 1st one ....pani puri is all time fav

  11. Panipuri is my favourite and I cannot resist myself seeing such a lovely preparation of panipuri. Absolutely gorgeous presentation.

  12. everyone has said it but i too hv to say...simple amazing clicks...esply the last one! amazing pani puris too...u hv made all of us crave for them now:-)

  13. Luv this paani puri recipe.Luvly and amazing clicks dear.Luv following ur yumm recipe Blog.

  14. i can pop in so many of these ! gorgeous images...i love the tangy taste pani poori has

  15. wow the pani puris look so mouthwatering...just loved the pics and presentation..making me drool:)

  16. The cliks are making me crave for some pani puris this instant!!! Superb clicks Alpana :)
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  17. wow tongue tickling recipe and clicks. very well made.

  18. such an yummy snack,love to have this anytime and wonderful clicks

  19. WOW what a click, all these things are a no no in my house. But yours is making me to crave for some right away, not fair girl. Looks like got to run to the nearest chaat house.

  20. If only I could eat out of the screen !!! Yumm.

  21. wow...looks so tempting and amazing clicks dear...i am craving for some pani puris rt away..thanx a lot dear for your sweet comments at my space...glad to follow you :)

  22. seriously drooling here...awesome clicks...

  23. simple superb...mouthwatering..and beautiful clicks...

  24. Wow! I'd really love to have those! So droolworthy they are!

  25. wow....
    can't take out my eyes from those beautiful clicks:)
    love to have some...

  26. Thankyou so much friends for taking out the time to visit my space & leave your valuable ,beautiful comments & compliments . Luv U.........

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  28. u just gave me a slobber attack.. ahh paani puurii! beautiful and mouthwatering pictures.. i have got to stop salivating.. !

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  29. no kidding.. u made the pooris too! yummo and bravo!

  30. OMG OMG OMG! That is making me drool .. seriously .. no kiddin! Making pani poori at home. I have to try this one. Amzing work Alpana :)

  31. OMG.... Beautiful pictures.. especially one which the pani is dripping :)
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  32. wow...I m totally your perfection..:P
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  33. I am in love with your pics Alpana..What crisp and beautifully captured shots! I wanna grab those beauties now!

  34. Pani Puri has never looked more tempting!

  35. Wow i am really going to try this!first time to your space nice recipes and wonderful clicks!!

  36. Great pics Alpana, mouth watering!

  37. Thank u soooooooooo very much .I remember the times when you would make it for us and we would just gobble them all in one go ....
    I remembered the recipe for paani but 4got how to make poori's .Will make them now with nice hot n tangy chutneys .yeah , i went to pachranga in delhi in memory of our golden days at ambala but they were horrible
    this recipe will now take me down the memory lane ......

  38. first time on u r blog..loved the all time fav..the clicks r super..specially the last click..where the water is dripping forming concentric circles in the glass...absolutely stunning!!

  39. wow nice post and all the picture are very nice. Will rush to eat by today Tea suppliers

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  42. please cut your nails before clicking such pani puri pics......not a single comment on nails yuck