Love is not only about love birds but also the day for everything and everyone we love. So, I dedicate this special day to my forever love, Pani Puri or Puchka. There is a different level of craze for it in our country India. It’s the common street food in India that appeals to people of all ages. If you are in India then definitely you can’t miss the flavourful Puchka.
Pani Puri is a deep-fried hollow chip filled with a flavorful mashed potato and water mixture. It comes in a variety of flavours, including mashed potato or boiled yellow pea filling, as well as tangy or sweet flavorful water. In short, it has a wide range of heavenly flavours and combinations.
The different States have Different Name for Pani Puri
When you’re born in India, you don’t just get one name; you get a lot of them, and our delectable Pani Puri is no exception. It is originally from India, therefore, it has different names in different states.
The State wise names given to our delicious Pani Puri are:
- Fuchka or Puchka – West Bengal, Assam and Bihar
- Pani Puri – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
- Gol Gappe/ Gol Gappa – In almost all part of Northern India, except Haryana
- Pakodi – Gujarat
- Paani ke Patashe/ Paani Patashi – Haryana and Madhya Pradesh
- Patashi/ Paani ke Batashe – Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh
- Gup Chup – Odisha, Southern Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Hyderabad, and Telangana
- Phulki – In the Eastern Part of Uttar Pradesh and also in some part of Nepal
- Tikki – Only used in Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh
- Padaka – Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh
- Phuska/ Puska – Assam
- Water Ball – It is the English version
My Pani Puri Love Story
With the above conversation, you must have already got an idea about our crazy Indian love for Pani Puri. Being born in a Bengali family, Puchka being our all-time favourite is a must. So, basically, its a story of our family, searching for the perfect Pani Puri’s during any festive fair.
Our entire family gathers in one place to celebrate during the festive season, especially Durga Puja. Pandal hopping is a must during puja, so our 20 – 25 person family rents a minibus.
According to our family, if you go pandal hopping without getting Pani Puri or Puchka, you’re missing out on a vital part of the experience. So, during the puja, the entire city turns into a festive fair at night, with a variety of stalls set up, but our main focus is Puchka, as it always is.
The hunt for the Best Pani Puri Stall begins
There isn’t just one pani puri stall, but many, totaling about 10 to 15 stalls, and choosing the best one among them is the most difficult task. So, two to four members of our family go to the fair and sample from each stall.
They return after sampling, debate, and vote for the best one. Once we’ve found the best one, we gather our whole family of 20 to 25 members at that stall and wait for the other customers to finish before we order, because if our family orders first, the other customers will have to wait nearly an hour.
It’s Pani Puri time now; each member confronts the vendor with their desired level of spiciness, salt, and other ingredients; each member used to have about 30 – 40 Pani Puri’s at a time. So you can probably guess that the vendors from just one family used to have a good business.
Miss the Golden Days
Those were the days that we really miss. Pani Puri and Festive were not only a source of joy for us, but also a feeling that brought us all together in one place.
Since we’ve all grown up and have our own lives, it’s become more difficult for us to get together during the holidays and celebrate as we used to
Lastly, “Live the moment you’re in right now because every moment is special and valuable, and capture every moment in your live camera, which is your brain, as a future memory, so that we can relive it through our memories.”
I hope you will enjoy our short story, and also, please share your story in the comments section below.
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