You may have enjoyed best pani puri in Pune on streets and fast food restaurants umpteen times, but do you know that your favourite pani puri is called by 11 different names across the country. Let’s take you on a journey that will make your mouth watery.
- Pani Puri:This snack is popular not just in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, and Nepal. Take an evening stroll and you will find vendors selling this snack on streets.
- Puchka:It is made of wheat flour with mashed potatoes and boiled gram as fillings and served with tangy chutney and spicy water. Slightly bigger than pani puri, it is popular in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Bangladesh.
- Gol Gappe:Just one bite of this crunchy puri filled with a mashed potato, boiled chickpea, chutney, and tangy water is sure to give you a lip-smacking taste. Gol Gappe is a popular snack in the northern and central part of India as well as in Pakistan.
- Pakodi:If you love snacks with hot taste, then you will surely love this form of pani puri served in Gujarat, Kutch, and Madhya Pradesh. Green chillies and mint water along with sev make it delicious.
- Pani ke Patashe:This is an adaptation of gol gappe by UP, Rajasthan, and Central India. You can enjoy this snack in five different flavours of tangy water.
- Pani ke Bataashe/Patashi:This is a popular snack in Lucknow. The bataasha or puri is filled with green boiled peas along with spicy water to give the eaters a refreshing taste. You can enjoy this snack in five different spicy water made from dry mangoes.
- Gup Chup:This snack is so named because of the sound the puri filled with water makes when put in the mouth. It is enjoyed in Odisha, South Jharkhand, Hyderabad, and Telangana. The only thing that is absent in this snack is potatoes.
- Phulki:This type of pani puri is not common, and is enjoyed only on special occasions in the eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh.
- Tikki:This is a smaller form of pani puri that is enjoyed only in Hoshangabad city, Madhya Pradesh.
- Padaka:Pani puri is called padaka in Aligarh, UP.
- Water Balls:When the English tasted pani puri, they loved it so much that they just named it water balls.
No matter what names are given to pani puri by different states in India, you can enjoy the best pani puri in streets and fast food restaurants in Pune.