Sacrilegious ,is it?
You’ve heard of the hot chocolate with red chilli flakes, the molè and all that cocoa in breads.
To add chocolate to something that is always, ALWAYS spicy and tart and desi-typically Indian ??? To the extent of smacking your lips in anticipation of that one big, spiced water filled, fried flour ball.
That’s what Pani Puri or gol gappa is.
South Mumbai or “town” as it is referred to, by those who cannot live in the elitest, cleanest part of Mumbai , has very few active bloggers. Especially, in Colaba, where I live, people enjoy the myriad cuisines on offer here , but food bloggers are few and far between.
Well I finally found another food blogger who’s a ” townie” like me, Jai Kumar Puri , who blogs from www.cameracuisine.in and whose pictures I love.
And you know what’s better… He’s a stones throw away from my place. So we decided to pool notes and do something hatke-different ,together.
Make Pani Puri.
But ,the Pani Puri in Mumbai can never taste like the gol gappas in Delhi or the puchkas of Kolkata. Same way ,they can not replicate Mumbai’s iconic Vada Pav.
So we took a different route. We decided to make a dessert Pani Puri / Gol Gappa.
So simple , your youngest sibling can replicate it. The only effort you need to make is to fetch the Puris.
Now we don’t expect you to knead the dough, roll out, cut and deep fry the puris. Just walk over to the neighborhood chaatwala and buy a bag or prefried puris.
Or you can buy a bag of fryums that you can pop into the microwave.
This is what we liked. Feel free to follow our basic directions and presentation in the video that you will see on facebook. Or substitute it with whatever you fancy.
Try this as a DIY dessert at the dinner table or for a game night. Let your people fill the puris with whatever they will and enjoy the Chocolate Pani Puri / Gol Gappa as they like.
Make sure to have tissue papers handy to clean spilt frappuccinos…
Chocolate Pani Puri / Gol Gappa
20 fried puris
150 gms dark/ milk chocolate
250 mils Mocha Cold coffee you make at home without the ice
Chopped strawberries, blueberries , chopped red apples, smashed Oreo cookies, small bits of cake, even potato chips(yes,try that) ,roasted hazelnuts, chopped walnuts, cranberries…
Make sure your frappuccino or mocha coffee is very cold. So use chilled milk to make a strong cold coffee.
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a fondue pot. Light a T light.
Stir, allowing the chocolate to melt.
Place the fondue pot in the centre.
Pour the coffee into shot glasses halfway.
Dip one puri into the chocolate, shake off the excess and dip onto the sprinkles.
Now pop in the fruit or nuts or cake or whatever you fancy, take a shot together with the coffee and feel this flavors doing a mad dance in your mouth.
You’ll have the crisp puri disintegrating,the berries mingling with the chocolate and the nuts adding that crunch… And then the cold coffee kicks in another taste explosion all together.
Now finish that shot of coffee.. And reach out for more.
Did I say 20 Puris??? You’ll need that bag of 50.
If you feel the need to experiment, make a berry shake, or get a frappuccino / cold mocha coffee… The crisp Chocolate Pani Puri / Gol Gappa will marry with any flavor.
That’s why they taste so good.
Go on, invite your friends over …. And because life is so short, start with dessert first.
Be sure to click on this link to see the video.