Puchka, though represented by various names all over the India, is the most delicious and mouthwatering street food. The crispy spherical balls like structure pumped with potato stuffing is dipped in spicy tamarind water and served to the plate. A bit tangy, a bit of chilly and salty sensation and the crispness is all that you will find when you put it in whole into your mouth.
The origin of Puchka was from Magadha region of India, which is at present known as South Bihar. The king of snacks is often considered to be originated from Varanasi. However, the amazing taste of Puchka or Gol gappa has reached every corner of India in different names..
Usually, the stuffing of potato is accompanied with chickpeas, chaat masala, a bit of tamarind juice, black salt, roasted masala, chili, coriander leaf and onions. However, in Kolkata and West Bengal, people prefer it without onions. In fact, this scrumptious dish is considered as a vegetarian dish in Kolkata as well as all over the India.
The term Pani Puri also refers to the same dish in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Nepal as well as southern regions. However, with the division of land the pani puri is renamed as Gol gappa in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand. The term puchka is not only constricted within the West Bengal, as people of Bangladesh also know the lip smacking street food by the same name. Needless to say, this most popular street food has almost 11 different names through which it is known in this country.
In Kolkata you will find people (Puchka sellers) selling this tangy and crispy fried balls in major junctions, outside movie halls, Maidan and all around the popular shopping alleys. Interestingly, in Kolkata this very item does not stress on its presentation, while in other parts of the country it is presented in a plate with a small katori (bowl) in the middle. In Kolkata sweet water/ chatni is not commonly used, while in some places Pani puri is consumed with sweet tamarind water and boiled moong.