Monday, November 21, 2011

Bangarpet Pani Puri......quite a unique Chaat!!

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I don't think that any one needs an introduction to pani puri/golgappa. It is a popular and well known "chaat" with minor variations all over India but today I am going to introduce a different and unique style of pani puri called as 'Bangarpet Pani puri'.This chat originated from a place called Bangarpet,a small town in Karnataka.
I know you must be wondering what is so special about this pani puri? Well.....the pani is COLORLESS but is quite pungent and flavorful and also tingles your taste buds to the core.Even the filling is quite different from the regular golgappa as we use green peas and carrot in the filling which is not so common in regular golgappa.If the pani is served in a clean glass, one can't identify whether it is pani or real water until and unless they taste or smell it.Though I could not recreate colorless pani, I recreated the original taste of Bangarpet pani after repeated attempts with the recipe which I got from my mom.

Bangarpet is a small town in Kolar district near Bangalore,which is my birth place.I have lots of memories associated with this place.Every year I used to look forward for school holidays to visit Bangarpet.Meeting cousins,gossiping,playing,eating..and what not? those were the fun days of my life.We cousins,a gang of 10 used to have a blast during our every visit to Bangarpet.Though we were all cranky about few food stuffs,once we land up there we all would have one common interest ie.'Bangarpet pani puri'.Every evening we used to make a compulsory trip to a famous chaat shop and used to enjoy those delicious pani puris. It used to cost us just two rupees per plate and you can imagine one can have a feast with just few bucks..aah those were the days!!!

As I am already in my childhood mood, let me continue the story.We, cousins had three different gangs divided according to our age group. On any given day, you would find us (all our groups including my aunts & uncles) but at different timings in that famous pani puri shop and the best part is that we never used to tell each other that we had gone there. If we ever say no to dinner at home then we could get caught that we had overeaten our pani puri, so we were forced to eat some dinner in order to escape scoldings from the elders. As I grew eating this, I am very fond of this and just love it very much. If I ever have to choose only one most favorite chaat item, I would choose this for sure with out a second thought. Forgot to mention,Bangarpet is also famous for Masala puri(which is my 2nd most favorite chaat) ,Gulkhand,Bajji masala and Masala Soda.
Now I really miss the place as every one has shifted to Bangalore.Even today if any of our family members visit Bangarpet,they will always carry back Bangarpet pani puri for all, which is few buckets of puris(those are special crisp puris) and bottles of litres of pani and the filling green peas masala.Though there are few shops opened in Bangalore and other areas,nothing tastes as good as the original Bangarpet pani puri.

To tell you more about our love for this pani puri,we generally make this for either dinner or breakfast more than a evening chaat.Yes!! you heard it correct we eat it as breakfast or dinner,I know it might be bit weird but we love it very much that a small plate of pani puri is not enough for our cravings.Ready made puris were not available in the earlier days,so my mom used to make even puris at home and it was a rule that she has to make this at least twice a month.
After writing all this I have become more nostalgic about this pani puri.This post is due in my blog from several days as I was waiting for an appropriate opportunity to post my favorite chaat and I find this is the perfect time to post this entry during my 'Family Food-Tasty Thursdays' series which I am hosting with my cousins.Let us peep into the recipe before you get bored of my stories.

Bangarpet Pani Puri Recipe:
(Serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

for Puris:
50 puris recipe here (I used Store bought ones)

for Bangarpet Pani:
1 litre Water(mineral water preferably)
20-25 pods of Garlic,with skin but clean the extra layers(refer notes)
10-12 Green chillies
2 " fresh Ginger
2 " Cinnamon
10 Black peppercorns
1 tbsp Saunf
2 tsp Black salt
2 tsp Lemon salt/Citric acid crystals
2 tsp chopped Coriander
2 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste

for Green peas-Potato Stuffing:
1 cup dried Green peas
2 medium Potatoes
Salt to taste

for Carrot-Onion mixture:
2 Carrots,peeled and grated
1 Onion,finely chopped
2 tbsp Coriander,finely chopped

Method:

Puris:
  • I used store bought ones,if you want to make at home please follow this recipe.

Bangarpet Pani:

  • Grind cinnamon,blacksalt,peppercorns,saunf,lemon salt and regular salt to a coarse powder.
  • Add green chillies,chopped ginger and garlic pods and turn in whipper mode to a slight coarse masala,it should not become paste.So take care not to run for long time.
  • Drop the mixture in a potli bag(muslin cloth) and make it into a potli and drop it in 1 litre water and keep it aside for 4-5 hrs until the water is infused with the spices from the potli bag.You can even rest this in refrigerator.
  • Now take out the potli and add sugar to it and mix well.
  • In a small bowl take coriander and add 1/4 cup water and slightly press coriander with hands until you get the flavor of coriander infused into the water.Strain the water and discard all the coriander and add this coriander flavored water to the pani.
  • Now check the taste of pani and add extra water(you might need to add 1/2 litre water approximately) to it to suit your taste buds.Adjust the salt,sugar and lemon salt as per your taste.This would be generally not spicy in one sip,the spicyness increases gradually as you keep eating,So make it in moderate spice level.(Add more water if the pani is extremely spicy.You need to balance all the flavors salt,spice,sweetness and pungency according to your taste buds.)
  • You can keep in refrigerator if you need or serve it at room temperature.
Green peas-Potato stuffing:


  • Soak peas overnight and wash them couple of times and arrange it in a bowl in the cooker.Cover it with lid.
  • Place the potatoes over the plate and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
  • Once the pressure drops,take out one cup of green peas and keep it aside.
  • Remove the skin of potatoes and mash it with hands roughly,do not mash it finely.
  • Add the potatoes to the remaining peas mixture and again heat this mixture on stove.Add salt to it and mix well and cook until one boil.Mix the boiled peas which we kept aside.Switch if off and let it be warm.Keep the potato-peas mixture slightly thinner as it gets thickened over time.It is important to keep this mixture warm for a perfect Bangarpet pani puri taste.
Carrot-Onion mixture:


  • Mix grated carrots with finely chopped onions and coriander in a bowl until it is mixed properly.Keep it aside covered.
Assembling Bangarpet Pani Puri:
  • Take each puri and poke it gently and stuff with 1/2 tbsp peas-potato mixture and 1/2 tsp carrot-onion mixture and dip it in the spicy pani and just gobble in.
  • I think now I don't need to say anything more as you would be busy eating them.
Notes:
  1. The original Bangarpet pani has no color,however I tried to recreate the same it gets some sort of yellowish-green color.
  2. I used Indian garlic.So please remember that if you are using big sized garlic pods what you get outside India,use 8-10 pods of garlic as they are big in size.If you are skeptical about garlic flavor,reduce to 6 pods.
  3. You can keep the pani refrigerated up to a week and use it when required.
  4. please remember that this pani gradually tastes spicy after every puri,so try to adjust the pani according to your taste buds.
  5. Dried green peas is a must for this recipe,however if you do not get use fresh peas.But it does not give the taste what the dried green peas give.
  6. The green peas masala should be slightly mushy,thats the reason I mixed few green peas at the end once everything is mixed.
  7. Do not spice up your green peas masala,just season it with salt to enjoy the real taste of Bangarpet pani puri.
  8. Please do not try adding chaat masala as the pani has some peculiar flavor which has its own identity.
This is how it should be served.

Ready to be eaten pani puri..yummy..:)
I would like to dedicate this post to all my cousins for our fond memories of Bangarpet.

87 comments:

Sudha Sabarish said...

So tempting prathi.Feel like tasting now itself.

Raji said...

Each place has a food history of its own and its really interesting to know about them. The pani puri paani looks and sounds really tangy and yum. Beautiful presentation. I am just managing to control drooling.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks so tempting and beautiful clicks....this bangarpet pani puri is totally new to me..yumm clicks

Priti said...

Mu mein pani aa gayi Prathy ....looks fab, yummy n tempting ...this version seems to be very interesting and love the pics

Babli said...

I love panipuri very much and cannot resist myself seeing such lovely panipuri. Absolutely mouth watering and yummy preparation.

suma said...

Colorless pani? This is really interesting! The filling is also different, sounds spicy and delicious. I would not mind having pani puri for breakfast or dinner or lunch either ;-)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...i love this....small bundles of yum.....love the way you presented...cheers for your effort....thank u for introducing a new variety of pani poori....

Chitra said...

Wow !!!! i would love to gobble away few of those cuties...very well presented

Indrani said...

Never knew of this pani puri..really, our Indian food varieties are so vast, but thanks to blogger, we get to know such regional delicacies thru bloggres like you, Pratibha..both filling and pani are so interesting and yummy, would love to try ur recipe next time we're in mood for pani puri...mouth watering pics as usual

Jaleela said...

very perfect and neat
long procedure but very tempting.
cute puri

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This is new to me and I so wish to taste this one, looks wonderful!Lovely clicks and great effort!

Reva said...

Pani puri looks awesome... and totally new. Thanks for sharing dear and the post is very well written..:)
Pani looks so different and the stuffing is very unique..:)
Loved it..
Reva

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Very delicious and simply love the clicks:)

Chandrani said...

Pani puri is my favourite. I am drooling. Pani purii looks awesome and tempting.

Sum said...

Awesome, Prathibha!!! Didn't know abt this variant... i'm drooling over it..

Deeksha said...

Looks very tempting. I'm mouthwatering here. Pls pass me some.

Vinoo Raj said...

Bangarpet Pani Puri is available in KGF. Waiting to know where Bangarpet Pani Puri is available in Bangalore..... :-) Parallel to Commercial Street. When ever i go to commercial street I surely Have Bangarpet Pani Puri. Here if you want more spicy/hot pani, he can give stronger/less diluted pani. And the puri is awsome here. Bangarpet Pani Puri is also available in Corporation next to the police station.

Prathibha said...

@Vinoo Raj...There is one place near by gandhi bazaar too..glad to know abt d other places whr we get in Blore

Vinoo Raj said...

Bangarpet Pani Puri is available in KGF. Waiting to know where it is available in Bangalore...... :-)
Parallel to Commercial Street. If you want more spicy/hot/stronger pani. He can give you less diluted pani. And the puri is awesome there. Also available near corporation, next to the police staion.

faseela said...

beautiful clicks prathi............it is so tempting.........perfectly done

Prathima Rao said...

This is something very new to me..Loving it already..!! Looks very addictive & so droolworthy Prathy..
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Priya said...

Omg, seriously cant take my eyes from those super tempting panipuri,definitely new for me..thanks for sharing,mouthwatering here..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

this is really different from the usual ones...the colorless water caught my attention. And the filling too is good. Over all tempting prathy

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sushma Mallya said...

This is so different ...I def feel like picking up one from the screen:)

Ramya said...

That looks awesome!! I am actually drooling over it!! Lovely presentation .I frankly didn't know abt this version of pani puri!! soo going to try it!

Leena said...

Very tempting....its is new to me...will try,pics are awesome...I am from Tumkur,In Tumkur also they use carrot mixture but paani seems to be differnt...bookmarking it to try.

Radhika said...

My mouth is watering already. Loved d clicks.

Sush said...

Droool..., tempting pictures & would love to bite this :)

Vandana Rajesh said...

wow lovely post..the clicks are making my mouth water. Yummy!!

pinksrecipediary said...

Lovely clicks and even i have tasted these...they are delicous.

Ambreen said...

It made my mouth water, looks so tempting.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow prathy,this is really an amazing post...i have never seen such a perfect poris till now.very cute and superb presentation...Love all the clicks...

Archana said...

my favourite.

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Happy Cook / Finla said...

I have never had this one, but looks so so yumm.

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow....
ur clicks are too tempting feel like grabbing some :)
Bookmarked it.

Suja said...

Wow..drooling,looks awesome.

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Sumee said...

Wow... pani puri looks awesome.. thanx for sharing ur birthplace speciality. Very unique stuffing too

Shri said...

You have taken a lot of effort; it looks and sounds delicious! Bookmarked.

Aarthi said...

This looks awesome...Yummy one..A must to try..

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Sanctified Spaces said...

As soon I saw Bangarpet,came rushing to see the post. I studied at KGF. It is such a lovely place, with all my childhood memories originating from there. Lovely recipe and post.

Christy Gerald said...

Luks Super inviting and appetizing clicks.Super Good Pani puri Dear.Luv it.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

How tempting....
I m bound to love them in any form...
Thank for introducing to a newer variety of pani puri...

Sobha Shyam said...

what a lovely recipe, looks delicious..superb clicks..

Sadaf Afshan said...

Mouthwatering chat. Nice clicks too.

Neha said...

OMG...I am drooling...Pani puries looks so tempting and the clicks are awesome....

aipi said...

WOW wow n wow..such tempting pics and definitely unique! I so want gobble all up from the screen :))
USMasala

Gayathri NG said...

Yes i heard abt the place known famous for chat items and i tasted too.
Yours recipe looks perfect and tempting dear...

Shanthi said...

This looks extremely awesome and would love to have it.

Shireen Sequeira said...

Pani puri looks yum! Perfect street eat! I live in Andheri West, Oshiwara Prathibha..where do u live?

LG said...

I need a bucket to catch my drool. Looks yummilicious.Btw..I tried clicking in the link to make pooris..but could not access anything!Did I miss out anything?

pratibha said...

WOW! Bangarpet... so many memories... i am also from KGF..BEML actually... Pani Puris, Yummy Jalebis, Bondas, Masala Wadas, Mirchi Bhajjis... i looked forward to holidays too to go to Bangarpet! Where did you study? i am from St. Josephs.. can you tell me where can i get it here in Bangalore?

From One Pratibha to another!

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chitraj.hegde said...

wow..its a wonderful ..looking so so yummy....it really make anyone hungry....and lovely presentation....

Swathi said...

Delicious pani puri love this chaat. thanks for introducing me to your birth place.

Rachana said...

Wow!!! That is such a delicious way to eat puchkas/pani puri. Loved it :-)

Rajee Mani said...

Delicious pani puri. Love the pictures.

Jay said...

save some..I'll be right over..irresistable n excellent presentation..;)
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Sanjeeta kk said...

Mouth watering chaat!

Pari said...

Loved reading the post dear, and I could picturise your childhood through the post. The paani and the filling is surely unique. Will surely give this a try.

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hemalata said...

Very tempting pani puri n mouthwatering presentation.

Prathibha said...

@Prathibha..Glad to know that even ur name is same...I never studied in Bangarpet and I did my studies in Andhra...Reg B.pet Panipuri,you get it in a small chat shop on a right hand side while you come from Gandhi bazaar towards Ramakrishna
Ashramam(diagonally opposite to the Mc donalds)

nandu said...

Even I hail from Kolar Taluk...but spent my childhood in Bangalore...lots of memories attached to this place..unique recipe, pics are very inviting...can't wait to make it myself..thanx.

Treat and Trick said...

Your photos make me drool! This is so tempting and love the story too....

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. great,,.. fantastic clicks... mouthwatering recipe..

Yummy Team said...

Amazing clicks and presentation..Am drooling here..

Amina Khaleel said...

wow... pani puri looks so delicious... your pics are awesome... have bookmarked this..

Pavithra said...

Super duper post Prathy ..love this for sure and way tooo tooo too tempted..:(

Mythreyi said...

Very well prepared Panipoori... drooling here... never saw the recipe to make the pani poori masala from scratch. thanks for sharing dear... bookmarked...

-Mythreyi
Yum! Yum! Yum!

Paaka Shaale said...

The Bangarpet paani puri looks amazing Pratibha. I am book marking this :)

lakshmi Narayanamurthy said...

yeapii everyone like in our home too......for every week ends we are all enjoys with this chat

mp3music said...

Woww... the snaps are really mouth watering....



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Harrybangar said...

No comparison for Bangarpet Pani Puri..... great effort in popularising it. Thanx for sharing this mouthwatering snack from my birthplace.

rajashekar said...

ahhh, bangarpet pani puri ; i really love it,
i spent some of my schooling yrs in santhosh school bangarpet,
really awesome place n awesome pani puri.

Anonymous said...

Bangarpet Pani Puri........ My ever Favorite!!!!!!!! Miss being in Kolar.... :(

Samira said...

Wow.. Guiltfree healthy pani poori i should say.. The pics are so awesome that I feel like grabbing on and having it instantly.....

Lakshmi Prakash said...

hi
These are the most yummiest pani puri's ever had .... so nice of you to share the recipe
feel like eating them right away

Anonymous said...

HEllo Prathiba,

Wow...I was so happy to see ur post about bangarpet Pani Puri. My Grandparents Live there i was born there. Our Childhood Summer vacations were spent there...You brought back my Memories. Thank you for that. And Pani Puri Every evening we were near the Chaat Place.

Sam said...

That looks so delicious!! I am drooling! I absolutely love pani puris but this version looks equally tempting.

Victoria said...

Looks Delicious !!!makes me go oooohhhhlalala!!!! Awesome Clicks!!!!

suresh said...

i was tasted panipure in bangarepet. iwas very good. where i want to get bangarpet chats in bangalore

Najeebulla Khan said...

Totally agree. The taste is totally different and obviously yummy..!! haven't found that taste anywhere else. I always make sure to have as many plates as i can whenever i visit bangarpet. I usually go to the one near new town, the road that goes down from oswal hospital.. :) felt really happy reading this.

R Ram Mohan said...

Thank you for popularising Bangarapet Pani Puri. I am from Bangarapet and I feel no where you will find tasty evening snack. People have started opening Bangarapet Chat Corner at Kolar and Bangalore. But I feel maintenance of hygine to be given priority by the Chat Corners. R Ram Mohan Bangarapet

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks tempting and inviting, my mom is from Kolar and I visit very year till now to granny's place. just remembered.

Nalini Somayaji said...

Now I know Whats BangarPet Panipoori...nicely explained....and its really WOW...

Anonymous said...

Hi Prathiba, Can you please share the Bangarpet Masala Puri recipe

swathi said...

I lov bangarpet pani puri very bifferent taste my grand mom place is bangarpet .

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