Stories behind the mouth watering Street food, Pani Puri
We all love pani puri and always finds time to eat it. Its taste may vary but this street food have a special place in everyones heart. Do you really know the orgin of this tasty crispy puri. It is believed that phulkis (the precursor to pani puri) first originated in Magadh at a time when several traditional specialities of the region, like chitba, pitthow, tilba and chewda of Katarni rice, were evolving. The culinary genius who invented them is lost in the pages of history, but if Indians had known who invented pani puri (or whatever you call this yummy snack), they would have thanked that person for generations for sure because pani puri is one of the most selling snack nowadays.
There was also another story behind its orgin. In the epic Mahabharata, a newly-wedded Draupadi returns home to be given a task by her mother-in-law Kunti. The Pandavas were on exile and Kunti wanted to test if her new daughter-in-law would be able to manage with the scarce resources. So she gave Draupadi some leftover potato sabzi and just enough wheat dough to make one puri, instructing her to make food that would satisfy the hunger of all five of her sons. It is believed that this was when the new bride invented pani puri. Impressed with her daughter-in-law’s ingenuity, Kunti blessed the dish with immortality.
The origins of this delicious yummy food is yet to be pinpointed with historical accuracy, the one thing that is for sure is that pani puri traveled across India and made the country fall head over heels in love with it. With the years, the combinations underwent so much changes as each region developed its own version according to its preferences. Pani puri today we have has almost a dozen different names that changes from region to region. In most parts of central and southern India, it is called pani puri but the recipes have subtle variations. While in Maharashtra, hot ragda (white peas curry) is added to the potato mash, in Gujarat, it is boiled moong and in Karnataka, it is chopped onions.
Whatever is the name and variation, we Indians, all love this street food and it is a common vision to see a group of people standing and eating this snack from the street vendors. So You also feel like eating it. Go and grab your share of it!