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Namaskar! Are you ready to learn how to make the much-requested dish, Pani Puri? Today, I will be sharing this delightful recipe with you. So grab a seat and get ready to indulge in the crispy goodness of Pani Puri!
Preparing the Puri
To start off, you will need 1 cup of fine semolina. Crush it in a mixer until it becomes a fine, crumbly powder. Transfer the powdered semolina to a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of oil. Mix these ingredients well before gradually adding water.
Knead the dough for approximately 5 minutes until it becomes soft and pliable. If the dough feels too rough, you can grind it in the mixer again. Once the dough is smooth, set it aside for 30 minutes, covering it with a wet cloth.
Preparing the Filling
While the dough rests, let’s prepare the potato filling. Take 1 large or 2 small boiled potatoes and mash them. Add 4 tablespoons of cooked green gram (or black beans) to the mashed potatoes. Finely chop some coriander leaves, a small onion, and a green chili. Mix these ingredients together with 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder, and a pinch of chaat masala.
Add salt to taste and mix well. You can also add lemon juice or dry mango powder for a tangy kick. Once you’re satisfied with the flavor, set the filling aside to chill.
Preparing the Spicy Water
Now, let’s move on to the spicy water that adds a burst of flavor to the Pani Puri. In a mixer or juicer, combine a handful each of coriander leaves and mint leaves, along with a piece of ginger and 2 green chilies. Add a glass of water and blend until smooth.
Strain the mixture into a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of tamarind pulp, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder, a pinch of black salt and chaat masala, and salt to taste. Mix well and chill the water in the refrigerator.
Preparing the Sweet and Spicy Sauce
To make the sweet and spicy sauce, sieve the tamarind pulp to remove any impurities. Add jaggery syrup, salt, chili powder, cumin powder, and water to the pulp. Adjust the sweetness and spiciness to your liking. Mix well and chill the sauce.
Rolling and Frying the Puris
After the dough has rested for 30 minutes, knead it once more, adding water if needed. Divide the dough into smaller portions and roll them out thinly. Cut them into small, round shapes using a cookie cutter or a small bowl.
Heat sunflower oil in a pan and fry the puris until they puff up and turn golden brown. Remove them from the oil and let them cool.
Assembling the Pani Puri
Finally, it’s time to assemble the Pani Puri! Crack open a puri and add a spoonful of the potato filling. Pour some spicy water and sweet and spicy sauce into the puri. Pop the whole thing into your mouth and savor the explosion of flavors!
Remember to hold a plate underneath to catch any dripping water. And don’t forget to share this incredible recipe with your loved ones!
Until next time, enjoy the homemade goodness of Pani Puri. Thank you and happy cooking!