10 Different Types Of Pani Puri In India & Where To Find Them

Homegrown Staff

The most popular name, this variety is found in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Even though the name is shared by these places, each place has its own taste. In Maharashtra, thick white peas curry, boondi, tamarind or dates chutney and spicy pudina water is filled in the puri.

Pani puri is called Phulki in the eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh. In Gujarat, is it often confused for the chatpatti. The preparation methods of this variant are the same as the standard pani puri, just the name differs, which is rarely used.

Pani puri is referred to as pakodi in the interior parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The taste and preparation methods are similar, with considerable differences. Sev is added in good quantities at some places, whereas the sweet tamarind chutney is replaced by onions.

The word doesn’t take a second to remind us of North India. Common in New Delhi, Punjab, Jammu Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, every street and corner is filled up with these vendors. This delicious snacks is made from the mix of smacked potato and chickpea stuffing, chutney and very tangy water.

A regular Gol Gappa with essential potato or gram fillings, this name is popular in parts of Central India, especially Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The buzzing lanes of Lucknow are filled with these patashi walas. The only way the Patashi differs from the Gol Gappa is the water used, which is less tangier and sweeter than the Gol Gappa water.

Same as the Mumbai pani puri in terms of ingredients, taste and methods of preparation, it is a different name used in Aligarh and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.

While for everyone, tikki is the name for potato patties, called Aloo Tikki, in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, it means pani puri. With all the things being the same as the normal pani puri, from the fillings, tangy chutney, diced onions and spicy waters, they only differ in size.

It is the term used for pani puri in West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar. One of the favourite street foods, they are pretty different from pani puris in terms of ingredients, taste and preparation. Puchkas are bigger in size and darker in colour, made from wheat flour.

Found in the parts of South Jharkhand, Hyderabad, Telangana and Chhattisgarh and Odisha, it is considered as a really light roadside snack in these regions. It is called so because of the interesting sound water makes when the puri breaks in your mouth, flooding it with spicy waters.