‘Cuisine varies at every forty-fifty kilometres’,  -this is the first, one-liner introduction for Indian culinary art — whether it is snacks, main course or dessert — Indian cuisine has a resounding history of thousands of years. In India, the very first popular delicacy that comes to mind as evening snack or street food is ‘PANI-PURI’, — ‘PANI-PURI is a whole bunch of vivid tastes; tangy – savoury – spicy – sweet and a bit salty, this ‘PANI-PURI’ is served right from street side stalls-to-restaurant in first rate, and star category hotels. The unique thing about PANI-PURI is that, from east-to-west and north-to-south this delicacy is reckoned by different names in different regions — ‘Pakodi’ in Gujarat, ‘Pani-Puri’ in Maharashtra, ‘Pani-Patashi’ in Haryana, ‘Pani ke Batashe/Pakode in Uttar Pradesh, ‘Phuska’ in Assam, ‘Puchka’ in Bengal, Bihar, Nepal, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh, ‘Gup-Chup’ in Odisha, and ‘Gol-Gappa’ in few Northern Parts of India.


Perfect round Paper Boat Pani Puri Pellets, Ready to Fry, No Added Colours and Preservatives, 400g pack.

On 10th March, 2005 ‘PANI PURI’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary — well, according to various media reports, the story of ‘Pani-Puri’ has many versions: The first version is that, ‘PANI-PURI’ was introduced during 600 BC in the ancient Kingdom of Magadha (now Southern part of Bihar)- a puri smaller in size and more crispier than that of today. The second version, as per Hindu folklore ‘Mahabharata’ states that ‘PANI-PURI’ was introduced by Draupadi —— Kunti, Draupadi’s mother-in-law threw a challenge asking Draupadi to make a meal from a small portion of dough and leftover curry for all five Pandavas  — Draupadi made ‘PANI-PURI’ —— Kunti appreciated her intelligent culinary-art and blessed her dish ‘PANI-PURI’ with immortality; the third version is Pushpesh Pant a proficient food historian’s narrative- according to him, around 100-125 years back ‘PANI-PURI’ (golgappa) had originated around Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Well, two key-ingredients of today’s PANI-PURI: potato and chilli came to India around 300-400 years back. The topic, ‘eating pani-puri is healthy or not’ is arguable, but the foodie continues to relish it calling it as a digestive, and hunger-opener, well eating pani puri (pani made of specific ingredients) can cure mouth ulcers too. During the stringent lockdown measures of the year 2020 there is a record surge in the search for ‘PANI PURI’ recipe — according to a report, Google India saw 107% (Hundred and seven percent) rise in its quest — and, this only shows how much Indians love ‘PANI-PURI’.

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