Facts about pani puri and the Indian snack industry

Published: 19th May 2011
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Appreciation about Indian food is a never-ending affair. It is but a surprise that many foreign tourists visit the country to explore the culinary delights specific to the different regions. The popular street snack called pani puri has drawn much attention amongst not only from food lovers across the country but also across the world. The same applies to namkeen items resulting in a boom of the snack industry. The availability of chaat items like pani puri today is no longer limited to street stalls. You can savor them in restaurants as well. Reputed restaurant brands take into account the quality and prepare the items in adherence to the highest standards of hygiene.

Are you aware about the nutritional facts about pani puri? With chutney and pani for a serving of 10 puris, calories you gain is 211, fat: 7g, carbs: 20g, and protein: 2g. No wonder the hollow, puffed, round puri stuffed with special spicy potato-based filling and dipped in masala water filling up the hollow dough is so appetizing. Preparation of the stuffing of the pani puri is done separately. Boiled potatoes are mashed or diced and mixed with boiled chana dal (chick peas), powdered black salt, roasted cumin powder, chopped onion, roasted red chilli powder, coriander leaves to prepare it. The preparation of pani involves thorough mixing of tamarind pulp, regular salt, black salt, chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, mint, and other spices.

Regular consumption of pani puri is not recommended by health specialists and more so if you are obese or suffer from some ailment. But this snack item is so tangy and lip smacking that you canít just resist the temptation. At least if you have the pani puri from a reliable and reputed restaurant, you will not have an upset stomach.

Can you imagine having tea without namkeen? Majority of the Indians never take tea without accompaniment of namkeen or other snack items. The most savored namkeen items in Indian homes include khoka bhujia, matar masala, moong daal, navratan mixture, peanut masala, aloo bhujia, ratlami sev, peanuts, badam lacha, bikaneri bhujia, chana masala, cornflakes mixture, dal moth, ganthiya, kaju mixture, kashmiri mixture, and khatta meetha. It is but a fact that the Indian snack industry is flourishing due to the high sale of these items. It is not only Indian players that are in the top ranks but also international players who have entered the booming Indian snack industry.

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