Pani Puri is unarguably the most pampered and loved street food of India. From a kid to an old person, Pani Puri is loved by everyone and it’s also a great all season street food item. The flavored water is so tasty that we all are used to say to Pani Puri vendor ‘Bhaiyaa thoda pani dena’ with a innocence on our face of drinking the tangy water and taking pleasure calmly and slowly. In this Article, we will show you some of the different Avatars/Versions/Names of Pani Puri from all over the Country. The motive of this Article is not only to promote Pani Puri, but also to inform Pani Puri lovers about it’s various Avatars.
1. Gol Gappe
In North India and Delhi, it’s famous as Gol Gappe. It’s prepared with the mixture of sweet chutneys and spicy and tangy water. This Puri’s are available in atta (wheat) or sooji (semolina). Gol Gappe is mostly famous in Delhi and other North Indian states.
Pani Puri is famous as Puchkas in all over Eastern India. The fillings are prepared with mashed potatoes and boiled grams with a spicy chutney and water. These Pani Puri’s are little bigger than regular size and also darker in color. West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam are the places where it’s famous as Puchkas.
3. Pani Puri
Pani Puri is little different from other versions as it has a mixture of meethi imli chutney, white chickpeas and tangy water. It’s quite popular in Maharashtra. It’s prepared with the mixture of mashed potatoes and boiled moong in Gujarat, and in Madhya Pradesh, boondi is not added in water. In Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, onions are also mixed.
4. Gup Shup
Gup Shup is the lighter version of Pani Puri as potatoes are not added in it. It’s just a mixture of boiled chickpeas and tangy water. Gup Shup’s are very famous in Hyderabad, South Jharkhand, Odisha and Telangana. Onions can be added in Gup Shup only if the customer wants it to be.
Patashi is quite famous in several parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and U.P. The puris are filled with potatoes and chickpeas and water is prepared from dry mangoes and spices. Hazaratganj of Lucknow is well-known for ‘Paanch swaad ke Batashe’ which basically means five flavors of water.
Pani Puri is also called as Pakodi in some internal parts of Gujarat. It’s very different than normal Pani Puri and that’s why tastes better too. The mixture of Pakodi is prepared with onions, sweet chutney, mint, green chillies and sev. And the flavored water is tangy like any Pani Puri.
This name is not familiar to us as it’s usually called in eastern parts of Nepal and U.P to Pani Puri. The preparation and the taste of Phulki are very similar to the Gol Gappa’s of Northern India. It’s just another Gol Gappa’s of Delhi or Punjab, but with the change of Name, from Gol Gappa to Phulki.