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Popular Indian street treat is easy to replicate in any kitchen

Panipuri, a popular Indian snack, is a fried ball of Indian bread, which is often stuffed with potato, chick peas, chaat masala spices, tamarind chili and onion. The snack is also called golgappa, which loosely translates to a crisp snack that can be eaten in one bite, and can be purchased at nearly any food cart on the streets of India.

Indian people who live outside the country send remittances to their families back home so they can indulge in a snack when they are out on the town or purchase the ingredients to make these treats at home.

Depending on the area, panipuri may be made in a number of variations, but the snack is most commonly made with water that has been flavored with mint, lemon or tamarind. Some serve panipuris as just the flavored fried bread, while others stuff the fried bread with potatoes and onions.

One of the delights of panipuris is that they can be made to taste, and Indian street vendors are renowned for their ability to remember specific orders. But Indian people who live in other countries can easily recreate the street-side treat with flour, spices, a touch of salt and whatever flavors and ingredients they most prefer inside their panipuri.

To make the treat at home, combine the flour, spices, a touch of oil and water to make the puri dough. Cover the dough with a wet cloth for 30 minutes and prepare the stuffing. Peel and mash boiled potatoes and combine them with spices, then set aside. After the allotted 30 minutes, uncover the puri dough and knead it again. Then take small pinches of dough and roll them into disc-shaped roti.

Heat enough oil for deep frying in a large pan. To check that the oil is hot enough, sprinkle a few drops of water into the pan. The water should sizzle when it makes contact with the oil, but don't let the oil get too hot. When the right temperature is reached, slip the rotis into the pan and cook them until they are golden brown, flipping once. They will puff up a bit.

When the puri is ready, combine your choice of herbs and spices into a paste and mix the paste with water. Make a small indent in the top of the fried dough and spoon in a bit of the potato mixture, then top with the pani and freshly chopped onions, if you prefer, and enjoy. 

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