Gol Gappa (Pani Puri)

‘Pani’ means water and ‘Puri’ means puffed crisps. Pani Puri is one of the most popular street foods and comes neck and neck with the papdi chaat. I and my family have enjoyed several trips to our local and favorite Pani Puri stand close to our home. The crunchy sweet-spicy treat brings a lot of memories from my childhood.

The Jal Jeera water is the sweet and tangy water that completes the Pani Puri recipe or has also been used as a welcome drink in a lot of Indian households especially during summers.

Ingredients (Pani Puri)

  • 1 cup multigrain flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (adjust to taste)

ingredients (Stuffing)

  • 1 medium potato; boiled; cooled; crushed
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas cooked; mashed
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp cilantro; chopped (optional)

Preparation (Stuffing)

1. Take a small bowl and place all ingredients for stuffing together
2. Mix well and keep aside

Preparation (Pani Puri)

1. Add the multigrain flour and salt together to a medium-sized bowl and whisk to mix well.
2. Add some of the water to the flour and salt mix. Start making the dough by kneading slowly. Add remaining water as needed to create a smooth and tight dough ball.
3. Preheat the air fryer to 390 F.
4. Make as many tennis ball-sized balls of dough as possible. If you don’t want or need to use all of the dough, make as many as you need.
5. Using a rolling pin on a dry flat surface, roll the dough thin but easy to lift to transfer to the air fryer.
6. Use a cookie cutter (2″ or 2.5″ round) to cut a circle from the flattened dough. Try to cut as many as possible. Extra dough can be made into more balls of dough and stored.
7. Lift carefully the small circles or puri (gol gappa) and transfer them to the preheated air fryer.
8. Once the puri (gol gappa) expands and puffs, turning light brown in color, flip them over. Once both sides are done, take them out from the air fryer and let them cool down completely.
9. Enjoy pani puri (gol gappa) by gently popping with the tip of your finger and gently filling with stuffing. You can enjoy the full experience by filling pani puri with jal jeera water.

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