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Vik's Chaat House: How To Eat The Pani Puri

patrick | Nov 21, 200211:55 AM

we went to vik's yesterday for lunch and had a wonderful heap of food as usual. i developed a method for eating pani puri that is worth sharing with y'all.

pani puri is a chaat plate consisting of ten or so little tiny crisp fried puri, which are "flatbreads" that puff up to form spheres. Alongside the puri is a pile of plain chickpeas and cooked cold mashed potato, sprinkled with chaat masala powder. A dish of "spicy mint water" accompanies the plate.

So here's the technique.

Take the requisite Viks Plastic Spoon and, tapping repeatedly, poke a hole in one of the puris with the handle of the spoon.

Carefully stuff the puri with chickpeas and potatoes from the plate.

Dip the whole thing into the spicy mint water and make sure some gets in through the hole.

Then quickly pop it into your mouth and eat. It explodes with all these cool/spicy/peppery flavors, it's fantastic!

We also had the Aloo Tikki Cholle, which is one of my favorites -- fried potato cakes slathered in curried chickpeas. And we enjoyed an entree of Karhi Pakora, a yogurt/chickpea sauce with tasty dumplings, accompanied by a spicy tomatoey-squash preparation.

Vik's Chaat Corner
726 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA
(510) 644-4412

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