The Mythical Origin of Pani Puri
Pani Puri, Gol Gappa, Puchka, Gup Chup, Phulki – One delicacy with so many names. This Indian Street food will always leave you craving for more because of its low satiety quotient. Pani Puri is the tantalizing culinary chaos of flavours that tickles your taste buds. The puri is a crispy hollow ball made of semolina or wheat and filled with spicy potatoes. The puri is then filled with Pani – a tangy, spicy combination of tamarind water made fragrant by mint leaves and black salt. No one can actually pinpoint the origin of this lip-smacking delight but two stories always come to surface when spoken about the history of this heavenly spice affair.
It is believed that Pani Puri is the successor of Phulkis which first originated in Magadh. One of the 16 great ancient Indian kingdoms in Sanskrit, the kingdom of Magadh was situated on the banks of the holy Ganga river which is now what we call west-central Bihar.
Here’s another story that comes from the legend of Mahabharata. This epic tale tells us that when the new-wedded bride Draupadi came home, Kunti wanted to test her daughter-in-law. She wanted to know if her daughter-in-law could manage the household with scarce resources as Pandavas were on exile at that time. Kunti gave Draupadi a few vegetables and leftover potatoes along with very little dough.
Draupadi made round bread which was known as Puri with the help of that little dough and filled the vegetables and leftover potatoes in them. The Pandavas loved the dish and mother Kunti was happy to see her daughter-in-law succeed in the given task.
This Indian delicacy has many names but has never seen even the slightest decrease in its popularity. Head over to Lala’s Kitchen now to have a blast of flavours by ordering the lip-smacking Pani Puris.