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29/365 – Panipuri

The golgappa also known as panipuri is a popular street snack in India. It is a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of water, tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. It is small enough to fit completely in one’s mouth.

The name gol gappa refers to the fact that crisp sphere (gol) is placed in the mouth and eaten (gappa) at one time, without biting. Pani comes from the Hindi word for water and puri (or poori) is the name of an Indian bread made by frying dough in oil. It is known as bataasha in the western region of Uttar Pradesh. Bataasha means something which gets smashed with application of a slight pressure; the bataasha gets smashed as soon as it is placed inside the mouth.

History
The puritan originated from the Magadh region of India, present day South Bihar. The English meaning of golgappa is “watery indian bread” or “crisp sphere eaten.” Literary mentions suggest that it may have originated from Banares.
The Pani Ke Pataashe in Lucknow are hot favourite among the top-level politicians of India across the political parties. Hathras in Western Uttar Pradesh (India) is world famous for its Padake. The streets of this famous literary town are lined with scores of vendors selling Padake on small pushcarts.
In West Bengal and specifically Calcutta,Phuchka is considered to be The king of this variety of snacks, compared to it’s cousins like golgappas or panipuris.

Names
Its popular names and the area where it is known by this name are:
Gol gappa, Water balls — New Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Bihar
Pani ke pataashe, Padake — Uttar Pradesh
Pani ke pataashe — Rajasthan
Panipuri — Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra
Phuchka — Bangladesh, West Bengal (India)
Gup chup — Orrisa
Pakodi – Gujarat

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panipuri

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