Pani Puri in Western India, Gol Gappe in North, Batashe in Calcutta and Gup Chup in Bihar, I wonder at these small cups filled with tasty amrut (nectar) in them and their innovation. I think as far as food innovation goes this surely deserves a Nobel for their sheer creativity.
Sometimes filled with hot chick pea or with potatoes and filled with sweet date chutney and immersed in fresh mint water – one plate can never be enough.
Their taste is like a thriller novel unfolding. The first pages unravel a crunchy ball bursting into the tightly grasped mouth, the water gushing into all corners of the mouth, the potato unwrapping itself in the end and finally when you gulp all down the real mystery of its taste unfolds.
I have had the best of pani puri’s just next to my house in Mumbai. I had ‘tried’ a lot of it in Delhi but BTW doesn’t serve it and Vaishnav near DU doesn’t prepare it the way I like. Bhopal, Indore, South India, UttarPradesh have a lot to learn from Mumbai for this delicacy. But the best till date has been at a small stall by the road side in Ghatkopar in Mumbai and I used to eat it daily & have taken many many friends to spice up their life at this stall. For some years he also gave me a discount 🙂 Good marketing ! !
So if life is feeling heavy, explode with a pani puri.
GO PANIPURING… hmmmmmmmmmm!!!!