Gol Gappay

Gol gappay (also known as pani puri) is my all time favourite treat. They are made of hollow puris which are stuffed with spiced chickpeas and potatoes, topped with natural yogurt and iced spiced water.

I admit, they do look a bit strange, water and puris? But they are absolutely delicious. Once you eat these, you will understand what “burst of flavour” really means.

There is one rule to eating gol gappay, you have to eat it in one go, no biting a bit off because everything will fall out. You can try to make the puris yourself, but it can be quite difficult to make. The only person in my family that can make them is my aunt who lives far away! 😦

Instead, my mum buys dry, ready to fry puris. You can buy them in any large south asian supermarket. Quality Foods in London usually stocks them. If you cannot find it there, Amazon and eBay usually sell them too. If you live in India or Pakistan, you can pretty much find them anywhere but I’m sure you would much rather visit your local gol gappay wala!

Ingredients:

    • 1 packet ready to fry gol gappa/ pani puri

Filling:

      • 1 tin of chickpeas
      • 1 large boiled potato diced
      • 1 tsp cumin powder
      • 1 tsp red chilli powder
      • 1 tsp lemon juice
      • Salt to taste
      • Handful coriander
      • 1 finely diced onion
      • 1 tbsp yogurt

Spiced water:

      • 1 tsp cumin powder
      • 1 tbsp fresh or dried tamarind
      • salt to taste
      • 1 tsp ground black pepper
      • Pinch of sugar
      • 2 tsp lemon juice
      • 1 tsp ginger powder
      • 2 cup water

Method:

      1. Use a deep fryer to fry the puris and make sure the oil is hot before you add the puris. Once you have added the puris to the oil, wait for them to puff up and drain immediately- this usually takes 1 minute.
      2. For the chickpeas filling, drain a tin of chickpeas and add the boiled potatoes. Add the onion, spices, lemon juice and coriander and mix together.
      3. For the spiced water, in a small saucepan, add 2 cups of water and add the spices. Let it boil until the spices cook. Once it has boiled, let it cool and add ice.

Now you can prepare your gol gappas! Crack a hole in the puri, make sure you dont break the whole thing. Add your chickpea filling, a dollop of natural yogurt, tamarind chutney if you have any and fill the puri with the water. Now, shove the whole thing in your mouth and enjoy!

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