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I haven’t met any Indian who doesn’t love Pani Puris. It is one of the most popular Indian chaats that everybody loves. People of every age group crave it. It is that delicious. & if you are someone who never tried it, then what are you waiting for? Grab all the ingredients today and make it.

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What is Pani Puri?

Pani Puri is one of the most loved Indian Steet food or an Indian chaat. You will find it in almost every street or corner in India. It is even known as Gol Gappa, puchka, pani batasa (or pani ke patashe), gupchup etc. It consists of a small tennis-ball-shaped puri filled with some boiled potato filling. Then the puri is lightly dipped in sweet tamarind or imli chutney (or saunth) followed by dunking it fully in spicy water made especially for this recipe.

Eating is also quite fascinating. You can’t take a bite of it instead you need to eat it in one go. That’s a challenge right 😀 But that’s the right way to enjoy it. If you take a bite of it, all the water flows out and it gets messy. Moreover, it is no fun.

Components of Pani Puri

You need to prepare following things for the recipe:

  1. Pani – Special spicy water made for this recipe. Make sure that this water is cold while serving. These days you will also find many different flavors of this pani (or water). Some make it sweet by adding some jaggery or some make it garlicky by adding some garlic cloves in it. Some even add some fruits pulp in it. I am sharing just one recipe here which is the classic one. But of course, you can experiment with different flavors.
  2. Tamarind Chutney (or Saunth) – This is optional. Some people like it or some don’t . We both love a little bit of sweetness. That’s why I make it. Again, it should be cold or at room temperature while serving
  3. Potato Filling – This is the soul of this recipe. Boiled potatoes mixed with some boiled chickpeas or black chana and filled inside the puri. It gives a nice bite to it. You can’t ignore it. I prefer not to add any spice in the filling since the other components are already quite spicy. So, the filling balances all the flavors.
  4. Puris – You can make the dough for puris at home but I prefer the easy method because it takes a very long time to roll each puri. And when we eat, we need around 40-50 for a family of two 😀 Yes. That’s the number. Now you can imagine how long it can take. But go for it of you want to. Here is the recipe whick you can follow for homemade puris. I buy the ready-to-fry puris from the store and then instead of deep frying them, I bake them. Easy Peasy.
  5. Chopped Onion – Now this is totally optional and we never had pani puris with some raw finely chopped onions. But one day, we just added it randomly just to finish some chopped up onions. Voila. It tasted so good. The slight crunch of onion with its unique flavour, just wao.

It seems like a lot of components but it is totally worth it. And there is something about homemade pani puris that you can eat 25 in one sitting and still don’t feel heavy at all. My husband and I were surprised when we finished the entire pack of 50 puris and we were still craving. And when we eat out, we can only eat a maximum of 6. Yup. That’s my count. In fact, I start to feel uneasy after my 6th puri.

Benefits of Non-Fried or Baked Puris

If you are someone like me who doesn’t like deep frying food unless it is very much necessary for the recipe like when I am making chhole poori or bhaturas. I just can’t make them without deep frying. So, I saved my deep-frying quota only for these couple of recipes. Otherwise, I always prefer baking. By the way, have you tried our non-fried & healthier Spring Rolls, dum aloo, vada pav, Gobhi Manchurian & baked cheese balls? You must. I made them healthier with no compromise on the taste.

Here are the reasons I don’t deep fry (until necessary):

  1. Deep fried food feels heavy and oily after eating them. On the other hand, baked ones feels lighter.
  2. Baking instead of deep frying makes you feel that you are opting for healthier option.
  3. The biggest reason of all is that the oil becomes un-healthy after reaching the temperature of deep-frying. We are not supposed to use the oil again for cooking. But obviously, we cant’t even discard the oil.
  4. Baking is much more easier since you don’t need to spend a long time in deep frying each poori. You can simple place many your puris on the baking tray and bake them for a couple of minutes.

Can we use a microwave instead of an oven?

Yes. Of course.

Making puris in a microwave is even easier than baking them in an oven. You don’t need to preheat the microwave. Just place a few puris on the rolling tray and microwave for a minute or so. The puris puff up in no time. In fact, you can even make puris in an air-fryer.

Is this recipe Vegan?

Yes. All the ingredients used in the recipe are plant-based and vegan. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you can enjoy this recipe.

Easy Swaps

  1. Pani Puri Masala – To speed up the process, you can buy the spice mix to make the water for pani puri. You just need to dissolve in some cold water and it is ready in no time. It tastes good. I prefer either MDH or Everest Pani Puri spice mix.
  2. Sugar – Instead of jaggery in the chutney, you can use sugar as needed. You can even use only jaggery or a mix of jaggery and sugar.
  3. Black Chana – You can use boiled chickpeas instead of that.

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this delicious chaat recipe at home. If you like the recipe, please share the photo on Instagram and tag us too @marriedfriends. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

MORE RECIPES TO TRY:

  1. Non-Fried Vada Pav
  2. Non-Fried Spring Rolls
  3. Hara Bhara Kebab

Happy Cooking 🙂

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Recipe

Baked Pani Puri with Meethi Chutney & Teekha Pani

Quick. Easy. Healthy Breakfast.

Servings

2

Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

1 hour

Rest Time

0 min

Ingredients

Meethi Chutney

  • 50 g Imli Pulp
  • 75 - 100 g Jaggery broken in pieces
  • 50 - 70 g Sugar
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Amchoor Powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Rock Salt (Kala Namak)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 - 2 tsp Cooking Oil

Teekha Pani

  • 1 cup Mint Leaves
  • 1 cup Coriander Leaves
  • 1-Inch Piece Ginger cut
  • 2 to 4 Green Chilli
  • 3 cup Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Rock Salt (Kala Namak)
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 tbsp Amchoor Powder
  • 1/4 cup Boondi
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder (optional)

Potato Filling

  • 3 Potato (medium) boiled, cooled & peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Black Chana boiled
  • 1/4 tsp Black Salt (Kala Namak)

Baked Puris

  • 50 (or more) Ready to Fry Puris (store-bought)

Other

  • 1 Red Onion (large) finely chopped

Steps

Tamarind Chutney

  1. In a bowl, make a solution of water, tamarind or imli pulp, jaggery, sugar, and all the other spices (except asafoetida and cooking oil). Mix well to avoid any lumps. Keep it aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat some cooking oil and add asafoetida to it. Cook for a few seconds and then pour the prepared solution. Mix and let it come to a boil. 
  3. Once boiled, lower the flame and cook till it is reduced to half. You can speed up the process by cooking it on high flame. It would take around 20 minutes. Keep stirring in between. 
  4. Once cooked and thick enough, switch off the flame and cover. Let it cool completely. It thickens further on cooling. 
    To check the consistency, take a spoon and dip it in the chutney. Hold it & wipe off the chutney using your finger, making a clean line at the middle of the spoon. If the chutney on both sides of the line stays in place and doesn't drip, it means the consistency is just perfect.

Teekha Pani

  1. In a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend until smooth. 
    Add red chili powder only if you like chilly water. Or add as per your taste.
  2. Strain. Add boondi, mix and refrigerate. Serve chilled. 

Potato Filling

  1. Finely chop boiled potatoes. You can mash them also but we prefer chopping them. Put them in a bowl. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well. Keep it aside. 

Baked Puris

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C, fan.
  2. Place the store-bought ready-to-fry puris on a baking tray. Leave a little space in between since they blow up. 
  3. Bake at 180 C till they are puffed up like a small tennis ball. It may take 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Take them out and they are ready to be served. 

Serve

  1. Poke a small hole at the center of the puri. Fill in some potato filling, chopped onion, some meethi chutney, and then dip it in the teekha pani (pani puri water). Eat the entire puri in one go. No biting :)
    Adding chopped onions is optional but it tastes amazing. Give it a try.
  2. Enjoy your happy meal :)
frequently asked questions

FAQs

Can we bake pani puris instead of deep frying them?
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Yes. Of course.  If you want an easier recipe, get the ready-to-fry puris from the store. Preheat the oven to 180 C, fan. Place the puris on a baking tray and bake for 2 to 4 minutes or till they puff up like a small tennis ball. Baking is so much easier, simpler and makes light puris.


Ho to store tamarind chutney?
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The most important thing for chutney is to cook it well for a long time. That ensures it stays fine for months. If you won’t cook it well, it goes bad because of the moisture content in it. Once you make the chutney, store it in an air-tight container and refrigerate. It can last for months. You can make a big batch and store it. Then you can use it whenever you want to.


Can we store baked puris?
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You can easily store them at room temperature for 2 days. But sometimes they shrink in size on storing.


What are pani puris made of?
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Puris of pani puri are either made of whole wheat flour or with sooji. They are rolled in small size and then deep-fried or baked till they puff up like a small tennis ball. While serving, it is filled with some boiled potato filling, onion, tamarind chutney and then dunked in the water made especially for this recipe. It taste amazing.


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