Pani Puri


 Hi
I am sure most of us ,kids and adults alike love this street food.Whenever I visit Gangotri- a fast food joint here, I have seen people standing in queue to get near that paani ka matka eyeing the people who already are half way through their treat...mouth full with that puri, yet trying to say something to their friend, not able to...then showing gesture as to wait....isn't this common everywhere????My daughter travels 40 kms from her college to get to one street vendor in Nungambakkam to eat this:-)...such is the craze and love for street food. Here is the recipe adapted from Tarla dalal book on street food

INGREDIENTS
Puris         30
FOR THE TEEKHA PANI
Mint leaves     1 cup
Chopped coriander 1/2 cup
Lemon juice                1tbsp
Green chillies             4
Pepper                         2
Ginger                         1/4 " piece
Black salt                    1tsp
Roasted cumin powder 1tsp
Salt to taste
MEETHA PANI
Deseeded dates    10
Tamarind              1tbsp
Grated jaggery     3 tbsp
Chiili powder        1/4 tsp
Jeera powder          1/4 tsp
Salt                            to taste
TO BE MIXED INTO STUFFING
Mixed sprouts    2 tbsp
Boiled mashed potato 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder   2tsp
Black salt      1/2 tsp
Chilli powder    1tsp
Salt                  to taste

 PREPARATION
FOR THE THEEKHA PANI
Combine all the ingredients and blend in a mixer using little water to a very smooth paste.
Combine 2 1/2 tbsps of this green paste with 3 cups of water and mix well
Refrigerate for 3-4 hrs
FOR THE MEETHA PANI
Combine the dates,tamarind,jaggry and 1/4 cup of water . Mix well and pressure cook it till 3 whistles
When cool, blend it to a smooth paste and strain through a strainer
Add 1 1/2 cups of water , chilli powder, cumin seed powder, salt to this and mix well
FOR THE STUFFING
Boil the potatoes and mash well
Cook the sprouts and let it cool
Mix all the ingredients and keep it aside
SERVING
Crack a small hole in the center of the puri and stuff it with 1 tbsp of the prepared stuffing
Top it with 1 tsp of meetha chutney
Immerse the puri in chilled theekha pani and serve!!

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