Pani Puri needs no introduction. It's mouth watering and delicious. It is sour and sweet in taste which awakens all the senses of your tongue. Mixed flavour aroma blows your mind and takes you on the journey of yummy temptation!
Potato, onion, chickpeas, coriander chutney stuffed crispy puri drenched in sour and spicy mint flavoured water with besan bundi, which fills your mouth, Pani Puri needs no exordium.
Would you believe if we say Pani Puri is actually not Pani Puri in some parts of India? Let’s just go and find out the variety of Pani Puri in the country…
The most common term Pani Puri is only used in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and in some parts of Nepal.
Pani Puri is most famous in West Bengal and Assam as Puchka followed by Bihar and Jharkhand. Pani Puri is called Puchka in our neighbouring country Bangladesh too.
In Haryana Pani Puri is Paani ke Patashe while in other Northern Parts of India it is called Gol Gappe.
It is quite confusing but in some parts of Gujarat, Pani Puri is referred as Pakodi and apart from its sweet-sour taste it is quite spicy there.
Paani ke Batashe or Patashi is the term for Pani Puri in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. While the stuffing is the same, they prefer different flavoured water in it.
Lakhnow is known as the most decent and well-mannered city in India, taking tehzib (manners) into another level as they offer not just one but 5 different types of water with Pani Puri which they formally call Paani Ke Batashe. The very famous street food of Hazratganj Pani Puri is known as Paanch Swaad ke Batashe (spheres of 5 tastes), where the pani is made up of dry Mangoes.
In parts of Odisha, south Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Hyderabad, and Telangana Pani Puris are called Gup Chup because of the sound they make when the puris burst and the water fills the mouth.
It is only in Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh where Pani Puri is referred to as Tikki.
Pani Puri is called Padaka in Aligarh and in some places of Uttar Pradesh
Phulki is the term for Pani Puri in some parts of Uttar Pradesh and even in some regions of Nepal.
Over eating this street food can cause you stomach etches, but who cares! Call them Golgappa, Pani Puri, Gup Chup or Puchka, they are super delicious and totally worth dying for. So what are you waiting for? Go get some…
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