I love pani puris! These flavour bombs have to be one of my favourite starter courses. Not just because they taste amazing but because they are so easy to prepare.
In fact, if you’re thinking about serving pani puris at a dinner party, your guests will do most of the work and enjoy doing it. Just place the puri shells on the table with the other ingredients and let everyone go wild, making their own flavour combos.
The small puri shells are quite difficult to get right so I suggest purchasing them. Puri shells are available at most Indian grocers. Boil some potatoes and chickpeas and lay out some of the topping ingredients I mention below. Feel free to come up with a few toppings of your own!
The small puris are often filled simply with dry ingredients such as the above mentioned potatoes and chickpeas and perhaps a little yoghurt and seasoning. More often, however they are filled with green or black pani (water), hence the name ‘pani’puri.
Adding this delicious liquid is done right before popping the puri into your mouth. This is important as the shells will become soggy if you don’t eat immediately. Pop the whole thing into your mouth and you’ll be hooked on all the different flavours and textures!
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Lately I have been making my own puris with the help of a roti maker. My recipe will be posted soon for the dough but most roti machines come with a book of recipes.
In order to get the puris to puff up right, the little discs of dough need to be perfectly flat. Roti Makers will make this easy for you. Then all you need to do is cut the puris out with a cookie cutter and I’m making perfect baby puris!
Flat dough discs made in a roti machine.