Pani Puri Lover? Here’s the fascinating story about the delight’s origin.
A crispy ball with a hole in it, filled with all the potatoes (mashed) and the chutney and the theekha paani is something every Indian loves to eat. Well, no marriage menu is complete without having a Paani Puri stall. Paani puri or also famously known as GolGappas and Puchkas are nothing but a joy in almost everybody’s life. But, ever wondered from where and when this magnificent thing did came into existence?
Well there are two theories for its origin, one says that
The Magadhan empire, one of the 16 Mahajanapadas (great kingdoms in Sanskrit) of ancient India, was situated on the banks of River Ganga. It is believed that phulkis (the precursor to Pani Puri) first originated in Magadh at a time when specialties like chitba, pitthow, tilba and chewda were in the process of growing. The man who invented them is lost in the pages of history, and now we wish to find who the genius mind behind this was?
Another theory says that,
In Mahabharata, a newly-wedded Draupadi was given a task by her mother-in-law Kunti. It is said that Kunti wanted to test if her daughter-in-law would be able to manage the play with the scarce resources. So, she gave Draupadi some leftover potato sabzi and wheat dough to make one puri, and instructed her to make food to satisfy the hunger of all five sons. It is said that it was that time when Draupadi invented Pani Puri.
Well, no historical accuracy has been pinpointed yet, but all we know is that Pani Puri has traveled across India and we all are in love with it.