Homemade Pani Puri / Gol Gappe / Puchka

Pani Puri
Mumbai is well known for its street food - Pav Bhaji, Vada PavSamosa, Pani Poori and the list goes on. Of all these mouthwatering spicy delicacies, I miss Mumbai Pani Puri the most. Till date, I haven't found any Indian restaurant here serving good Pani Poori. Here is my homemade recipe for all Pani Poori lovers.  In Delhi, it is popularly known as Gol Gappe and in Bengal as Puchka.

Dry Yellow Peas/Vatana or Mung Beans - 2 cups
Boiled Potato - 1 medium
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp
Maida/All purpose flour - 1 cup
Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1/4 cup
Cilantro/Coriander/Dhania Leaves - 2 bunches
Mint/Pudina Leaves - a bunch
Green Chillies - 10
Dates/Khajur - 1 cup
Jaggery/Gud or Brown Sugar - 1/4 cup
Tamarind Paste - 1/2 cup
Pani Puri Masala

How to make Mumbai Pani Poori:
  • Soak yellow/white peas overnight. Wash the soaked peas and cook them till very soft. Add turmeric, asafetida, salt and bring to a boil. 
  • As a healthier alternative, I have used cooked mung bean sprouts here. Some like spicy boondi in their pani poori.
Homemade Puris:
  • In a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, semolina, salt and knead into a firm dough using water. You will need about 1/2 cup water. Cover the dough with plastic food wrap and let the dough rest for 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Make balls of this dough and roll each one very thin. Use a cookie cutter to cut out small puris. Deep fry these in medium hot oil, until golden brown.
Pani Puri
Teekhi Hari Chutney:
  • Grind 2:1 cilantro and mint, green chilies into a fine paste. Strain the chutney if you want it too smooth.
  • I prefer the 2:1 proportion for cilantro and mint. Add more or less pudina leaves to suit your taste.
Khatti Meethi Chutney:
  • Grind dates, jaggery, tamarind to a fine paste. Soaking the dates in hot water for about 30 minutes will make grinding easy.
  • This chutney imparts the sweet sour taste to the pani poori water. Add more jaggery or brown sugar if required.
Mumbai Pani Puri
Preparing Pani/Water for Pani Pooris:
  • Mix the green chutney, sweet sour chutney, salt, Pani puri masala (about 1/4 tsp per cup) and dilute it with water as per your taste. Refrigerate this water for about an hour, in case you like chilled Pani Pooris.
  • Crack the puris in the center. Add cooked peas or sprouts and/or boiled potato. Dip these stuffed puris in diluted chutney water and enjoy homemade Pani Poori.
Freeze the leftover chutneys in freezer safe containers and enjoy another round of Pani Pooris whenever you like.


  1. another great chat..really miss the chat bhandars in Hyderabad :-)

  2. Pani puri is my son's fav. Looks wounderful!

  3. Wow! uma mouthwatering pani poori. I like ur take on chaat items.

  4. wow, pani puri, to which i can never say no...looks so tempting..slurrp..

  5. Woooow,,Pani puri looks perfect,,, pani puri is my fav chaat,,, Thanks for sharing the lovely yummy pani puri,,,take care n always keep smiling,,Have a Great Weekend,,

  6. I Love any kind of chaats,and this look surely looks tempting and yum..

  7. mmmmmm!moth watering-just brought golgappas frm d market-tho i make d aaloo nd sumtimes "pani" myself...keep posting abt such delicacies!

  8. Hey Gulmohar, Latha, Kshipra, Deepa, Satya, Sushma, Rashmi.. I appreciate all the lovely comments..a chaat lover's blog would be so incomplete without pani puri..
    Kshipra, pani puri can be made in so many ways.. thanks for appreciating my version..

  9. Looks yummy... Nice blog, I'm going to snoop around now :)

  10. The pani puri looks good. My favourite!

  11. Uma,,,Have a Great weekend,,,take care and always keep smiling,,

  12. Thanks Sathya for stopping by to say hello.
    Hey Meeso, thanks for appreciating my recipes.. I appreciate it. Hope to see you more!

  13. Thanks Pete for stopping by!.. I appreciate ur feedback.

  14. Poori's look perfect Uma ... round and crispy :)Love this chat

  15. Wow, I just noticed you were in Grand Rapids, I am in Kalamazoo :)

  16. I've never had this before. Yum!

  17. so Michigan bloggers meet.. thats great Meeso!
    You must definitely try this Michele. Many love it.

  18. Thanks Preeti for ur kind words :)

  19. I love this chat, it is one of my favourites.I usually cheat and buy the puris ready made but since you have shown how to make them will try them aat home.Lovely recipe.

  20. Puris look crispy and is my favourite recipe too

  21. Thanks Simply.food, Krishnaveni, Siddhi, Trendsetters for your encouraging feedback.
    Simply.Food, even I rarely make puris at home.. homemade is healthy!

  22. This sounds so good I'll have to try it! I grew up in Grand Rapids. It's nice to meet you! You have a nice space here!

  23. lovely pani puri...interesting how u have used the term puchka...the bengali name for it...did u try the bengali version before for pani puri...they make it differently.

    love the pics...pani puri looks awesome!!!

  24. So sweet of you to stop by Lyndsey.. am grateful to EC that we met.. Hope to see you more..
    Thanks Meena for ur lovely appreciation.. didnt try the bengali version... just knew the different names..

  25. Very perfect paani puris. Never knew the art of making puris at home, normally buy them. Thanks,bookmarked it :):)

  26. Ms.Chitchat, I was forced to make puris here.. i didnt like the readymade ones..

  27. wow i love pani puri...this looks very tempting uma...nice recipe

  28. you are always encouraging Siddhi..

  29. Pani pooris looks tempting...Nice Blog and different recipies.


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