Finally everything is falling in place. Until last week everything was in a jumble with my son’s birthday party arrangements. It was chaotic and involved lot of organizing. When it comes to organizing, I believe I am not a great person so I had to do things much early ahead and leave plenty of space ahead if in case something comes up. In spite of me being really stressed out, everything went really smooth and in time. Thanks to dear hubby and our loving friends who were there to help out. Now for a while no parties or gatherings and I am enjoying the beautiful weather with lot of sunshine.
It’s officially spring and it’s quite warm that we could finally go out without our jackets and jumpers. Everything around is so bright, so beautiful. Flowers started blooming and trees sprouting. Even though winter wasn’t as bitter as yesteryears, it was pretty long and I always look forward to spring even with the onset of winter. I went out and shot some random pictures and some beautiful flowers in the park this morning. I very much enjoyed strolling in the park all by myself with the gentle breeze to caress and sunshine to warm up. After quite a while, I also saw many elderly people dog-walking. It is going to be summer again. While shooting pictures I also spotted something that looks like crow or is it a crow? It was perched high up in the tree and wasn’t that clear. The thought of English crows being black made me laugh, for no reason at all!
Today, I am sharing something that’s apt for a good summer treat – Pani Puri/ Paani Poori/Golgappas. I made these quite a few times now following different recipes. The best of the lot was the recipe of Manjula Jain and I blindly follow her recipes. It works very well and the outcome is just fab. Pani puri or Golgappa is a famous Indian street food and are served as chats or snacks on roadside carts and are delightful treats especially on hot summer noon. These are crisp semolina fried puris filled with sev, potatoes, chutney and mint water that is super tangy. I have never been a great fan of Golgappas until I made my version at home. The ones I had from restaurants were too tangy for my taste and I never enjoyed it. So, you might want to increase the lime in your ‘pani’ to keep it sharp, just the way you would have it from street-side pani poori vendor.
Paani Puri (Golgappas)
Makes about 50-55 puris
¾ cup sooji/semolina
¼ cup plain flour,
1/3 cup water
salt to taste
Vegetable oil – to deep fry
Paani (for paani puri)
¼ cup seedless tamarind soaked in ½ cup boiling water for an hour
1 heaped cup mint leaves, loosely packed
3 cups of water
1 ½ teaspoon roasted and ground cumin seeds
¼ tsp ginger powder
¾ tsp salt
1-4 green chillies
1 tbsp sugar
1-3 tablespoon limejuice (Add depending on your taste)
1 tablespoon coriander leaves
salt to taste
Imly ka chutney (Tamarind Chutney)
1/3 cup tamarind soaked in 2 cups water for an hour
1 tsp roated and ground cumin powder
¾ tsp chilli powder
¼ teaspoon ginger powder
½ - 2/3 cup brown sugar
a pinch garam masala
2 large Potatoes boiled with a touch of turmeric and salt- either mashed or chopped into tiny cubes
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup boiled chickpeas
To make Pooris:
1. Mix all the ingredients and knead to a stiff dough using water. Leave it aside covered with a damp cloth for about ½ an hour (Don’t miss this step). Knead again and divide the dough into 50 portions.
2. Roll each portion into thin flat round disks of about 3 cm and place them on a floured surface.
3. Heat oil in a deep pan. When it is medium hot, slide few pooris at a time into the oil. Gently press the pooris with a serrated ladle to puff them up. Once puffed, flip them over and fry golden. Repeat it with all the pooris and drain them on kitchen towel.
To make Paani (Tangy Mint water):
1. Strain the soaked tamarind and squeeze out as much as pulp as possible. Discard the residue.
2. To a blender add this strained pulp, mint leaves, green chillies, cumin powder, ginger powder and blend till smooth. Strain it.
3. To the strained mix, add sugar, lime juice, and mix rest of water and stir. Chill for few hours prior to using for flavours to blend well.
To make Imly ka chutney (tamarind chutney):
1.Squeeze out tamarind in strainer. Reserve the strained liquid and discard the residue.
2. To the strained liquid, add spices and sugar and boil for ten minutes or until it thickens slightly. Refrigerate till required.
1. Crack a small hole in the centre of each puri.
2. Fill it with little boiled channa, chopped onion, sev, little tamarind chutney and then immerse it into pani and eat immediately. You can also use your own choice of fillings including cooked moong sprouts.
Fried puris can be stored in a closed container for about a month. If your puris go soggy, just warm them up for about minutes in a moderate hot oven to crisp them up.