Type Snack
Place of origin India
Main ingredients Flour, spiced water, onions, potatoes, chickpeas
Cookbook: Panipuri  Media: Panipuri

Panipuri ( pānīpūrī ) is a common street snack in several regions of the Indian subcontinent. In East India, it is known as Phuchhka while in North India, it is called Golgappa. It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water (pani), tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas.[1]


Panipuri literally means "water bread". Little is known about its origins. The term pani puri was recorded in 1955;[2] and golgappa in 1951.[3]



Panipuri has various names, depending on the region. In Haryana it is called Paani ke Patashe; in Madhya Pradesh Pani Puri; in Uttar Pradesh "Golgappa",in West Bengal, Bangladesh and Bihar, Puchka; in parts of Gujarat, Pakodi; in parts of Odisha, South Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Gup Chup; inHyderabad Telangana, & Madhya Pradesh,[4]

In popular culture

There was a monthly children’s magazine published in 1970 in Delhi, called “Golgappa”.[5] Panipuri was used in the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi starring Sharukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, in which they had the “Golgappa eating challenge”. In the film, the person who eats the most Golgappas is the winner and can ask the loser to do anything he or she wishes.[6]

See also


  1. Ramprasad, Gayathri (2014). Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within. Hazelden. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-61649-531-2.
  2. "Some visitors are impressed with the unique foods of the city, famous among them are Aalu Chap (a hot potato preparation), Golgappa (a juicy preparation)..", The National Geographical Journal of India, page 116, published by National Geographical Society of India, 1955.
  3. Census of India, 1951, 8:1:474.
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  5. Published from M- Pratap Ganj, 475, Lahori Gate, Delhi, Timeless Fellowship - Page 110 by Karnatak University Library Science Association, Library Science Association, Karnatak University School of Library Science, School of Library Science, Karnatak University - Library science – 1978.
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