The king of Street Food – Pani Puri*

Pani Puri, Spicy, Fresh, Homemade, Street Food, Chats

Deep fried crepes, all puffed up crisp,

with a fragile vulnerable layer on top.

A gentle tap of the finger on it,

pierces and prepares it to welcome

an amalgam of mashed potatoes, boiled chickpeas

drenched in a pool of minty tamarind water,

seasoned with an array of emotional spices.

In goes the loaded globule, into the salivating mouth

waiting in earnest, to experience zesty sensations.

The eclectic mix of spicy, acidic flavors seep in,

 the palate savors delectable ecstasy.

Appetence vanquishes control,

the relay of gorging on this gastronomical indulgence continues,

till it reaches a gustatory nirvana!

  • *Pani puri is a popular Indian street food. You can read more about it here.

Written for dVerse poetics : Food


78 thoughts on “The king of Street Food – Pani Puri*”

  1. I was salivating as I read this …so beautifully expressed this famous street food….πŸ‘
    The only problem I face while eating this puri is to open my mouth fully and put the entire puri in, without making a mess. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  2. I’m stealing your memory – when I was a student I used to eat in a little south Indian restaurant (Ravi Shankar) near Kings Cross Station in London. I always had pani puri and a dhosa. The best food ever. You brought it all rushing back – the ritual of cracking the little pani, the amazing flavour. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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      1. I’m well, yes. Loads better. Was away purposely, only to return after sorting certain things that had me neck-deep in worry and anxiety.
        In a much better place now, and thus, back.
        It’s good to see you doing so well. Keep it up, Radhika.

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      2. So happy to hear that you’ve overcome your challenges and doing well now Asha. You were one of the first couple of followers of my blog. So you’ll always have a special place in my heart. May the new year bring you immense peace and happiness. Stay blessed my friend ❀️

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  3. Oh your poetry and the imagery experience of pani puri you bring are a complete indulgence! Even after a full lunch my senses were awakened and veering with the taste of pani puri – and yes its hard to say how many are enough πŸ™‚

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  4. You bring all my memories of wonderful little cafΓ©s in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia rushing back, with delicious Indian food, from south India, Kerela, Punjab, Bengali and others…wonderful food and times…your wonderful verse would fit so well inscribed on the walls of these places…

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  5. Ah! The tangy sensation of Pani Puri and delectable emotions are beautifully expressed through your unique words, making me popping sweet and salty, ringing in fresh memories at Bandra. What words and how you injects beautifully through rich vocabulary:)

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