Pani Puri

Idaho Potato Commission
  • Yield: 6 servings


Garbanzo Stuffing (makes 1 cup):
1/2cup black garbanzo, soaked and boiled with salt until soft
1/2cup potatoes, diced
1/2cup cilantro, finely chopped
1teaspoon tamarind chutney
1/4teaspoon red chile powder
1/4teaspoon cumin powder, roasted
1/2teaspoon salt, as needed
Mint-Cilantro Dipping Sauce (makes 5 cups):
1cup mint
1/2cup cilantro
2tablespoons ginger
1-- jalapeno pepper
1/2cup brown sugar
1/2teaspoon red chili powder
3cups water
1teaspoon salt
Pani Puri:
14ounces brown chapati flour or whole-wheat flour
7ounces Semolina, coarse or fine ground
3 1/2teaspoons lemon juice
1/2teaspoon salt, as needed
7teaspoons Garbanzo stuffing
3 1/2ounces mint-cilantro dipping sauce



  1. To make the stuffing: Boil garbanzos in well-salted water until soft. Drain. Mix with remaining ingredients and reserve.
  2. To make the Mint-Cilantro Dipping Sauce: Puree all ingredients in blender. Reserve.
  3. To make the Pani Puri: Combine flour, semolina, lemon juice, salt and water and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth. Wrap dough in plastic and rest for 1/2 hour. Roll dough into a ball then, working on oiled surface, roll to very thin. Cut into seven 2 and 1/2-inch diameter rounds. Reserve between clean, damp kitchen towels. In 350F oil, fry dough in batches until puffed, browned and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel to cool and drain. Cut small opening in shell, fill with 1/2 ounce garbanzo stuffing. Plate; serve with mint-cilantro dipping sauce. NOTE: Alternatively, pastry puffs may be used.
Maneet Chauhan, Executive Chef. At Vermilion, New York City
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