Gol Gappe, Phuchka, Pani ka Bataasha or Patasha, Gup Chup, Phulki, Pakodi – these are names for one of India's most loved bites, the Pani Puri. A little, unassuming, firm empty wad of seared batter, loaded up with potato and dunked in fiery jal jeera and meetha chutney.
The universe of Indian road food is huge, various, and delectable, however Pani Puri is the lord. Regardless of whether you're requesting it from a questionable seller on a traffic intersection or making a straight shot towards the chaat remain at a wedding buffet, Pani Puri will infrequently leave you frustrated.
In any case, where did this astonishing food thing come from?
Tragically, the web has little to bring to the table with regards to the historical backdrop of the finger-licking Pani Puri. Similar to the idea of nothing, or male centric society, it's indistinct who precisely ought to be given the credit. Everything we can advance are the legends of this current dish's source, one expressing that it originally appeared some place in the old Indian realm of Magadha.
One of the sixteen mahajanapadas, or 'incredible realms', of old India, the Kingdom of Magadha related to what in particular is presently Southern Bihar. While the specific time period of its reality is hazy, it apparently existed preceding 600 BCE. Both the Maurya and Gupta Empires had their beginnings in Magadha, and the area has been ascribed for the advancement of Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Pani Puri in the realm of Magadha was allegedly somewhat not the same as the dish we know and love today. Called 'Phulki' (a word actually used to allude to Pani Puri in pieces of India today), these antiquated Pani Puris were made with more modest, crispier puris than those pre-owned today. What they were at first loaded up with is indistinct, however it is probably going to be some variety of the aloo sabzi (curry).
In any case, there is another normally accepted beginning of the Pani Puri. As per a legend, in the Mahabharata, Draupadi designed the Pani Puri. At the point when the Pandava siblings, Draupadi, and their mom Kunti were in a state of banishment subsequent to losing their realm in a round of dice, Kunti tossed Draupadi a test. She gave her some extra aloo sabzi and a modest quantity of mixture and requested her to cook something that would fulfill every one of the five siblings. The motivation behind why she introduced this test is unsubstantiated — a few records say it was to check if Draupadi would be a decent housewife, and others say it was to check whether Draupadi would support one sibling over the others. Because of Kunti's test, Draupadi concocted Pani Puri. Intrigued by her little girl in-law's genius, Kunti favored the dish with interminability.