If food is the Emotion, then Pani puri is its interjection. Something is comforting when we talk about the small mouth-watering crispy pockets made of wheat flour or semolina served with deliciously spicy stuffings and a little tangy water.
This lip-smacking blend of various flavors gives it a magically twisted taste and makes every Indian heart skip a beat.
In India, Pani puri is called by different names in different states and is also served with various ingredients. Each region has its twist to the dish with different flavored water. Let’s have a look at the common variants of our all-time favorite dish.
7 Unique Pani Puri Types That Will Tantalize Your Taste Buds
1. Pani Puri
It is made up of hot ragada curry or white chickpeas along with a blend of spicy chutney and a little tangy water. It is served differently in different places.
In Gujarat, grams/ boiled moongs are added to the stuffing. In MP, mashed potatoes are added but there is no boondi in the water served with pani puri. In Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, onions are mixed with the normal stuffing.
2. Gup Chup
This type of pani puri is mostly found in Chattisgarh, Telangana, Hyderabad, Odisha, South Jharkhand, etc.
The name “Gup Chup” is because of the interesting sound the pani puri makes when the small crisp breaks into our mouths.
Unlike normal Panipuris, it does not contain potatoes. Rather, it consists of white chickpeas served with tangy water and onions are added to taste.
It is known as Pakodi in Gujarat. It is the perfect Khatta-Meetha combination snack in here. Green chilly, mint leaves, onions, sweet chutney are the additions made to our favorite lip-smacking Pakodi.
Apart from this, what’s additional here is the “Sev” for all the Gujju food lovers!
4. Patashi/ Batashe
People in Rajasthan, Haryana, and parts of UP call our all-time favorite food item Patashi. The stuffing here consists of potato, gram, and chickpeas.
It is served with less tangy water and this water is made up from dry mangoes and spices are added to taste.
You can find the most famous Patashi in Hazaratganj, Lucknow. The place here is famously known as “Paanch Swaad ke Batashe”
5. Dahi Puri
Dahi puri is a type originated by the Mumbaikars and the people living in Delhi and is now available all across India.
Instead of the tangy water thick curd is used with the sweet chutney. It provides a different blend to the appetizer altogether.
6. Sev Puri
Well, another variant of Pani Puri is commonly available in cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Ahmedabad.
This type of Pani Puri consists of mashed potatoes mixed with onions, garlic, chilies, and tamarind added to the evergreen Gujarati food item “Sev”. Seasoned with pomegranate seeds and a hint of lemon which brings in a tangy flavor and a bit of chaat masala sprinkled on it to top it all off.
Pani Puri is known as Phuchka in West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, Bangladesh, etc. This is the most famous street food available in these local markets. The stuffing here is made up of boiled grams, green chilies, tamarind, and mashed potatoes with spicy water and tangy chutney.
The puffy mini puris served here are a bit darker in color and bigger in size as compared to the other ones.