Panipuri is just not
a snack, it is a celebration in India. Whether you are happy or having
temperamental issues, these round balls of Maida will always enlighten your
mood. Right from birthday parties to marriages, they are an integral part of
the Indian menu card. There are more than 10 varieties of pani Puri in India.
Every nook and corner of Indian streets will have that one favorite panipuri “wala” with a crowd around him.
Popular in India, just like its taste, it is called by different names in different states of India.
Starting with Panipuri itself. It is called Panipuri in following states Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Nepal. You will observe different fillings in different states, example in Mumbai it may be filled with ragda – the white mashed beans while in Gujurat it is filled with potato slices, some dates, boiled moong. Addition of chutney in Panipuri is on demand, whether you like it sweet, spicy or both.
Panipuri is also known Golgappe (prn: Gol-Gap-Pe) in New Delhi, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in India and almost everywhere in Pakistan. Gol Gappe are made from a mixture of potato, chickpea, and offcourse variety of chutney. In Northern India, you can have Golgappa’s in wheat or Maida.
GupChup is another name of Panipuri, in parts of Odisha, Hyderabad and South Jharkhand. The gup chups are lighter ones in comparison to others, as they don't have a lot of stuffing in the puris. You discover the gol gappe with squashed chickpeas as the stuffing alongside zesty and tangy pani. You can have this alongside onions.
Puchkas are a slight deviation from the customary pani puri style. The puris are loaded down with mashed potato and gram - that is dunked into spicy water and served. Panipuri is called Puchkas in Bihar, Assam, Bangladesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Here it is essentially made of White flour.
Pani Puri is also known as Padaka in Aligarh, UP.
Paani ke Batashe
As called in Uttar Pradesh, Central India and Rajasthan. The filling is majorly of potato.
Panipuri is referred as Phulki in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Nepal.