11 Lip-Smacking Pani Puri Facts

by Virupakshi

Pani Puris – that’s one of the most famous street foods in India and girls simply go nuts for this dish. Well, even boys love it. Not much is said or written on this interesting and of course, a lip-smacking dish that is insanely popular. So, let us today learn a few facts about the same and find out where this dish actually originated and the different names that are used to refer to this dish. You ready for Pani Puri facts? Let’s start!

Lip-Smacking Pani Puri Facts: 1-5

1. Pani Puris are small to medium-sized hollow spheres which are fried till they become crisp. They are made from wheat flour. This is Puri and the tart water with spices, green chilies, salt, black salt is the Pani and they together make this lip-smacking snack called Pani Puri.

2. How to eat a Pani Puri? The Puri is, first, perforated from one side and then dipped in the special water or Pani that is made. Here, before dipping the Puri in the tamarind water, the Puri is filled with either smashed boiled potatoes mixed with spices, green chilies etc., or with boiled yellow chick peas or a mix of both.

3. Some places give you warm boiled yellow chick peas which enhances the taste of the Pani Puri. The usual way to eat Pani Puri is to take it completely in your mouth and then experience the magical taste. But most foreigners find it difficult to take a Pani Puri in their mouth in one go.

4. To end your tasty snack, the vendors, in some places, give you a Pani Puri with sweetened chutney, grated carrot, slices of onions, curd and seviya etc.

5. What are the origins of such amazing snack? Pani Puri originated in South Bihar (then it was called Magadha). Today, this snack is known by the name “Phulki” there.

Lip-Smacking Pani Puri Facts: 6-11

6. Pani Puri or phulki are not the only names by which this dish is known. It has several names – in states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, etc., it is called as “Pani Puri”. In northern areas like Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Jharkhand etc., it is called “Gol Gappa”.

7. In South, Odisha etc. it is called “Gup-Chup”. In some parts of Haryana, U.P., Rajasthan, etc., it is called “Pani ke Patashe”. In West Bengal, Bangladesh it is called “Puchka”.

8. Did you know that this snack is equally famous in Pakistan? It is famous in neighboring countries of India like Bangladesh and Nepal.

9. The water used for Pani Puri is prepared using many ingredients. The famous one is the tamarind water or tart water but lemons, coriander leaves, and in some places dates are also used to prepare the water.

10. Did you know that Pani Puri can never fill your stomach because it ranks low in satiety quotient and keeps you craving for more? It is because of this reason, you can fall prey to the increased calorie intake.

11. It is considered that it can cure mouth ulcers and reduces acidity. Many people have reported that it really helps in curing ulcers. Acidity? We really can’t say that for sure!

Nutrition Facts of Pani Puri

The table below shows the nutrient value of the snack, Pani Puri.

Nutrition in 1 serving. 1 Serving = 1 piece
The table is for 5 servings = 5 pieces
Total calories from 5 servings = 100 calories
Calories obtained from fat in 5 servings = 32% of total calories
Calories obtained from carbohydrates in 5 servings = 61% of total calories
Calories obtained from protein in 5 servings = 7% of total calories
Nutrient Components % of Recommended Daily Intake
Total fat content 4 grams 6 %
  • Saturated fat content
2 grams 10%
Cholesterol content 0 milligrams 0 %
Sodium content 210 milligrams 9 %
Total carbohydrate content 17 grams 6 %
  • Dietary fiber content
1 gram 4 %
  • Sugar content
5 grams
Protein content 2 grams
Vitamin A content
Vitamin C content
Calcium content
Iron content
Recommended Daily Intake: Diet of 2000 calories for standard BMI. Your RDI can be different based on your BMI.

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Please Note: Nutrition Content may vary for 1 serving from place to place because of the ingredients used.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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