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Pani Puri

Pani puris are a great snack, served as chat and found on roadside food carts all over India. They are served filled with spicy water, chickpeas and potatoes.

Makes about 60 puris.

Pani Puri


  • Pani (Spicy Water):
  • 1 cup mint leaves (Pudina)
  • 2 to 4 green chilies (adjust to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste (Imli)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (Hing)
  • 1 tablespoon roasted cumin seed powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups water (adjust to taste)
  • Puris:
  • 1/4 cup All Purpose flour (Maida or Plain Flour)
  • 3/4 cup fine Sooji (Semolina Flour)
  • 1/2 cup water (as needed)


  1. Pani (Spicy Water):
    Blend everything except the water together to make a fine paste. While blending, add water as needed to blend.
  2. Taste to adjust the green chilies as they can be mild or hot. Add more lemon juice, sugar, and salt as needed to your desired taste. Remember you will be adding more water to dilute so paste should be spicier. Strain the paste using water as needed.
  3. After straining mix the paste with remaining water or adjusting to the taste.
  4. The pani (water) will taste best if refrigerated for a day.


  1. Mix the flour and sooji. Add water as needed to make firm dough. Knead the dough until it is pliable. Cover the dough with a damp cloth for about ten minutes.
  2. Damp two kitchen towels, spread one damp towel over a cookie sheet or plain surface, close to where you are going to fry the puris.
  3. Divide the dough into about 60 small balls. Keep them under a damp cloth.
  4. Start rolling each ball to about a 2-inch diameter circle. Place over a damp towel and cover with another damp towel. Do this for all 60 puris. TIP: Placing the puris between damp cloths helps the puris to puff evenly on all sides.
  5. Heat the oil on medium high heat. Oil should be about 1 1/2 inch high in frying pan. To test the oil, put a little piece of dough in the oil. The oil is ready if the dough comes up right away and does not change color.
  6. Start frying the puris, starting first with the puri you first rolled.
  7. Put one puri in the oil and press lightly. When it puffs turn over and put another puri in the oil. Keep adding six to eight puris at a time. Fry the puris until they are golden-brown all around by turning a few times. You may adjust the heat as needed while frying.
  8. Take the puris out and place over paper towel, so the excess oil is absorbed. TIP: When taking the puris out of the frying pan, make sure to tilt the skimmer so that the excess oil is drained before placing on the paper towel.
  9. Fry all the puris. They should be crisp and puff like a ball.

How to Serve:

Pani puris are served by making a small hole in each puri. Fill the puris with boiled and chopped potatoes, or boiled chickpeas. Finish by filling each puri with the spicy pani (water). Enjoy!

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285 thoughts on “Pani Puri

  1. Dear Aunty,

    I tried this recipe and it was awesome! I never thought that I would make puris! The best part is that the puris stay crisp for a long time. Thank you so much!

  2. Hi Madam,

    I did the poori the same way as you have shownThe pooris were good and puffy, But it became too soft so i keft in oven for 200F for about 1 hr it became really crisy and good..

  3. Hi everyone,
    while making puris i take 3/4 cup wholemeal flour and 1/4 cup sooji. Puris always remain crispy. Try with that.

  4. hello mam
    i have made the pani puris as exactly u have shown. They were really good.Everybody at my home like it. thank u so much aunty.


  6. I made puris according to the recipe. After frying all of them, some puris were lil soft, so I put all the puris in the oven at lowest setting for an hour and they became nice and crisp. But when I served them yesterday, the puris were hard. What went wrong?

    1. Hi Mary,
      The oven removed all the moisture making it very hard. First of all the dough should be stiff. Secondly the puris are to be cooked slowly in medium fire roughly for about a minute. My puris turned out nice and crispy. Hope this helps….sudha

      1. i did same to fry my pooris but it still become soggy after some hours.i made it for my hubby but they become soft:(

  7. maam i luv ur cooking…feel like watching my mum cooking…it’s so easy and clear to understand thx…a lot….giv me chance to try some differents dishes…..

  8. Hello Maam,
    I have made poori exactly as you have shown us. But after few mins or hours they all become soft. What am i doing wrong? Why my poori’s don’t stay crispy?
    Please Help?

    1. ya naina u r right same me I have made poori But after few mins or hours they all become soft. poori,s don,t stay crispy?
      please help aunty?

  9. Hi manjulaji,
    pani Puri looks delicious.Just One Question Instead of rolling each puri If we roll a big roll and cut with cookie cutter Will that make any difference?
    thanks for all your efforts.

  10. Dear Manjula Aunty
    I have made the pani so many times and everytime it has turned out just awesome. It reminds me of back home. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  11. Hello Manjula Aunty,
    I like ur all receipe and follow it regulary. Please will u upload ur video for chakri (Muruku) the gujrathi snack.

  12. Sannia,
    It might be easier to look up the info yourself – it might take a lot of extra work and effort and slow Manjula down to have to post everything in metric and in US conversions and it might confuse a lot of her readers as well.
    Here is a conversion website where you can get this info – I hope this helps.


  13. i just love your recipes….i have tried some…like rosogolla(i m a bengali)…..asparagus fry etc….but i frankly can say you are terrific….

  14. hi Manjula aunty

    I tried puris some of them were soft, so can we use only semolina without maida?
    Also will it stay crispy after 2-3 weeks?

    Thank you so much for sharing recipes… :)))

  15. Namaste Manjula Aunty

    First of all I want to say thank you for all ur beautiful recipes. I learnt so many dishes by only watchng ur videos. Just loved thm. I was dieng to eat pani puri as being overseas we don’t get same taste as of indian pani puri.

    I have learn how to make this recipe very well now and love serving it to my frnds n famly.

    All thnks goes to u

    Love ya

  16. Hi Aunty,

    All purpose flour is similar to maida , can i use allpurpose flour insted of maida which i bought from american grocessery store.


  17. Hi mamm,

    I hv tried ur pani puri, and i love it…
    Plzz mamm also tell me how to make atta puris.

    Rashmi sharma

  18. really nise we watch your โ€œPani Puriโ€ n we try soon than i wil come to you.
    Thanks Bye
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  19. i have tried and it really came out good
    specially the spicy water was just yummmm…the quantities are so exact that you need not add anything extra
    thanks to manjula aunty…she is really a great cook n teacher

  20. I tried it and came out really really well… the first time I tried using the same recipe of yours was a super flop, then I knew what went wrong…So after necessary corrections it came out really well.. Thanks…

    For Lazy and impatient ppl like me: Instead of making tiny balls and rolling them one by one, u can roll the entire dough into a thin sheet and then take a small sized cup and get the puris …this way its easier and u get even shaped puris…

    To be honest Manjula Aunty is the best… ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Hello manjula aunty

    I tried your pani puri receipt, but i cant make puris crispy , after they cool
    they get soft and not crispy please suggest me how to make crispy

  22. Thanks Manjula aunty……I missed panipuri/golgappa and buying in store were not good either it was old/broken and some smell
    I tired using the same recepie of yours it came fine perfect.Thanks again

  23. Hi Manjulaji,

    i tried for Pani Puri and its really turn out vey very good. My family enjoyed very much eating Panipuri. All puries were very crispe.Thank you very much from me and my family for nice receipe.I tried Samosa, Muthiya, Chhole palak, chhole tikky and bread pakoda too. All receipes are very good. Thank you to help me to cook in easy way.

  24. Hello aunty,
    I try all your recipes and they come out very well…Thanks for sharing your wonderful yummy yummy recipes.
    I would like to know the shelf life of this puris. Can i keep it for long.

  25. hi aunty i was searchng 4 so many days for a successful reipe lik urs thank u so much,i just want to ask u is how much maida should be used for 1cup of sooji i wil be very thankful to u………..

  26. hi manjula..
    i tried ur recipe…the puris puff up very well but on cooling they become soft…can u plz tell me what mistake i am doing while making them

  27. thnx aunty.. bahot aasan tarika hai good taste aur apna mann chahey khane ka.. (Clap clap clap) bahot pasand aaayaa…

  28. Manju Ji,

    I made puri and all 60 of them turned out good not even one bad. Water was very good aswell.

    Kris saini

    1. how did your all 60 puri came right???
      becoz i made puris and none of them puffed
      please guide me i love pani puri but it never puffs
      if possible give me measurements in grams

      1. Dear ladyburd,

        If you follow step by step instruction and do not rush into it, I am sure they will turnout ok. Do not miss any step and incuding laying them on a moist clothe and also covering them with moist clothe. all the time keep them coverd. As soon as you drop them in low to medium hotoil press them with spoon during frying process untill they poff up and slip out from under the spoon.

  29. Manjula Aunty,

    I love to cook and I have been cooking since I was very young. I am always looking for new and better recipes, and I must say that your recipes are really wonderful. I have tried quite a few things from your website and they all turned out perfect. I want to especially thank you for Pani Puri and Khasta Kachori, I have tried numerous recipes from other people and cookbooks, but they never worked very well. When I tried your recipes I was truly amazed at how nice everything came out. Thanks for sharing your recipes and techniques.


  30. manjula aunty,
    from where did u buy your measuring cups and spoons.can u suggest me how to purchase it.which company is good?

  31. MANJULA JI: i am from calcutta, are you from calcutta. I had a friend named manjula in New Alipore and I am wondering is that you?

  32. Dear Manjula auntie,

    please guide me if i want to make double the no. of puris can i make all at a time or i have to make 2 times ? and one more question that can i make puri with roti maker???????

    thanks in advance..

  33. Hi aunty i m a batchelor my sis use to tell me abt ur website as she got married 3 years back,to tell u the fact i dont knwo cooking i started llearning seeing ur website and videos ur doing g8 work keep it up aunty i used to eat this paani poori outside when ever i dont find time to make dinner.but today i tried ur paani poori it came out really well but out of anxiety last few poories were spoiled by me g8 work aunty keep it up.Can u tell me how to do chapathi koorma plzz

  34. Dear Manjula aunty,

    My children love pani puri and I was excited to find the recipe in your website. I tried it today and it came out perfect. Thanks a lot for your step by step instructions. You make a lot of people happy with your recipes.


  35. Hi Manjulaji,

    Thanks for your recipes. I have tried quite a few of them. All work very well. Many thanks to you!

    I do have a question.. I tried the pani puri twice. The 1st time, by the time I finished rolling the puris they got completely stuck to the cloth under them. I just could not pry them away to fry. I managed to only fry the most recently rolled ones which had not yet gotten completely stuck to them cloth. They puffed up nicely… but the rest I had to just throw. The 2nd time I used less water in the dough and I also used an aluminum foil under the puris while rolling (and damp cloth on top). Even then they got stuck to the foil. However I was able to twist and turn the foil and pull the puris away to fry. I managed to get abt 1/3rd of the lot to fry and puff nicely (perfect they were).. 1/3 remained flat.. 1/3 I burnt! ๐Ÿ˜€ The good ones were really good!!

    Next time I would like to get this a little better.. I could try the following: 1) Keep butter paper (parchment paper) under the puris.. maybe they will not stick to that? and damp cloth on top. 2) and/or.. another option is to only roll a few at a time.. and then fry and then roll few more and fry.. perhaps that way they will not have enough time to stick to the bottom? The drawback of this is having to reheat oil multiple times.. that may not be great for the nutritional value of oil. 3) I am afraid to make the dough too dry.. because if it is too dry it may not puff. Lets see.. I could try that also!

    I would appreciate if you could provide any further suggestions!!

    1. Hi Manjulaji,

      I tried it again. Parchment paper underneath and a little lesser water in making the dough worked out pretty decent. Got 80% puris to puff right and none burnt. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best regards!

  36. I have become a big fan of your cooking and i keep checking your website for newer recipe.Thanks a lot.I have one question for you -do you know for how many days puri’s can be stored outside .I am planning to do in large numbers for my daughter’s birthday.Thanks again for your time.

  37. Absolutely perfect pani puri’s!!!!Your videos are amazing and easy to follow.Awesome work manjula aunty.Thanks a ton for teaching my husband’s all time favourite pani puri.

  38. Dear Manjulaji,
    I have tried many recipes for puris, your’s is by far the best and your videos make it very easy to follow. However I made them this time (using tortilla maker) as always and half did not puff. The heat was on medium, some that I rolled by hand didn’t puff either.
    Please advice.


    1. Hi Biji,
      Whwn you are frying the puries heat should be on medium high. Oil has to be hot puri to be puff. I dont use tortilla maker because some reason it absorb more oil.

  39. Hi dear Manjula!
    You are gr8 who made my life gr8 by upload your delicious recepies. I tried pani-puri yesterday but dear, the puris became softer, why?
    You are soooo kind tht you share your unique knowledge with everyone.
    thx so much!

  40. Hey aunty,

    I did this for my mom, it was my turn for doing the evening snack and it came great. She really loved it. Your recipe made my day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It would be great if you can post the recipe for making bhel puri, even though people say its easy, your recipe will give the homely touch to it. May be my mom will make bhel puri for me this time.. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  41. Hello Auntyji,

    I tried to make pani puri, and it really really very good almost all the puris were puffed… but i have one question that if i want to make 120 puris so can i make all at a time or i have to make 60 puris twice…. please guide me regarding this because me an my husband loves pani puri and 60 puris are not sufficient for us…
    Thanks for all the recipes….

    Payal Patel

  42. Hello Manjula,
    Good evening. Thank you very much for the lovely recipe. I made pani puri and sooji halwa. They both came out very well. It was the first time I made them.Thank you very much. I think the videos you have posted are very helpful.
    I will try other recipes also and let you know,

  43. hello manjula ji…thank u for posting the pani puri recipe …i have made pani puri twice according to ur style and it turned out good …i have query that do we have to make single puri at a time …why can’t we make a big puri and then with the help of a cutter make small puri….do tell me if this works ….and does it puff properly


    1. Now that I reside in the States, I use a tortilla maker to press two puris at a time, it’s very quick. Whilst I was in the U.K we had to roll, I took a tortilla maker back there for my family.

  44. Manjulaji,

    your cooking makes it easy for me to try. You are wonderful. I have followed a lot of your recipes and got good word from the served. I humbly say thank you.
    From a not so good cook to good cook.

    Thank you

  45. hi, i live in the uk, we dont get very good recipes here often like yours and when i found out about your site, i visited it immediantly. i think these recipes are wonderful. i would like to thank you for sharing them with us.

  46. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. The videos are awesome !! I have tried phuchka and moong dal dosa… and both came out perfect. Will try the others also. Thank you soo much. I have posted this link in my blog. Hope that is okay .

  47. Thx Manjula Ji, for wonderful receipe. i tried your receipe for pani puri and it turned out really good. it was my first time using online receipes and i enjoyed it. Please can you post Chole Kulche receipe if possible for you. i would really appreciate it. Once again thx so much…you are awesome!

  48. Hello Manjula ji,
    I tried few of your recipes like Naan Khatai, Boondi Ladoo and now this Pani Puri also. All of them turned out great. My Husband just loved it.
    Thanks for such great recipes.

    Shaveta Garg

  49. can i use water instant of clubsoda in pani puri. what’s the different of water and clubsoda.
    can u tell me detail.(both are).

    1. Arpita, club soda is carbonated (fizzy like soda) and tastes different than plain water. It won’t work with pani puri.

  50. Hi Manjula I hope you are doing very well, also hope you have spent a happy birthday, my name is Gabriela and i live in the united state for 7 years but was born in uruguay south america for me you are wonderful person, I love all your recipes and I like soo much indu food yours recipes are very easy to prepare and delicious my daughter is 12 years old and love yours recipes Manjula thanks for everything you give us, the web site is excellent we love saturday/08/2009

  51. my mother tried to make those almond burfi but it couldnt because
    it came very soft.
    anyway thanks for the reciepe.i liked it.

  52. Is the mint Spicy water safe during pregnancy? I am 6 weeks pregnant and made this spicy water and had some. I love the taste, But just worried if it is safe to have it in pregnancy.
    Please let me know.

  53. Hello Manjula aunty,thanks for all recipes.I tried pani puri but unfortunatel my puris came very soft .Please tell how to make khadak puris.


  54. hello manjula aunt,thanks alot for the delicious recipe of pani puri.just like to know ,why do people prefer using soda water? instead of plain water??

  55. Antyji
    INSHALLAH today i will try pani puri its one of fav of me & my hubby i will try soo i wll tell u de result

  56. Hello Aunty,

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipies.My mother-in-law liked khasta kachuri.
    They really tasted very good.
    I tried the puris today but all of them did not puff.I was wondering where was I wrong?

    Thank you

  57. Hello Auntie,
    I tried the pani puries today , it was really awesome , all the puries puffed up. The best home made pani puries i’ve ever tasted.
    Thank u very much for posting this recipe !!!!

  58. Dear Manjula,

    I tried your recipe for “pani puri” last week. We are very happy with results and enjoyed lotzzz of pani puries with the roadside taste. Well, this recipe didnt afarid like other recipes except one problem that some of the puries were not as hard like the other ones, they were as soft like puries, Could you please give me some tips explaining the troubleshooting….
    Overall I am very much satisfied with the outcomes..
    With thanks and will appreciate your efforts!!!!!!!!!!

    Dalbir Kaur

  59. for me making KHASTA KACHORI was a dream ..really i always wanted to make it but never knew how to…………..but you taught me……..and yummmmmmmmmmm i can make it as well eat it and make others eat toooooooooo………..thanks a lot

  60. Hello auntie,
    I cant believe that I could make paani puri at home, that also all puffed up and crispy! This is our favorite dish and thanks to you now we’ll be able to enjoy it anytime we want. Wonderful recipe! Thank you so much.

  61. Hi Manjula Aunty, I really like trying recipes from your website. I have already tried a lot of them. I tried the paani pooris but the poories turned soft after some time. Could you please tell me the temperature the oilneeds to be at when frying them ? Thanks

  62. Thank You to Manjula aunty! With the help of your recipe I made Pani -Puries And those become very wonderful! It was the first time I made it! My Husband and me ,We both like it ! He said It’s Amazing! Pani was just like what we get in India and Puries were also best one! We enjoyed it a lot! Thank you very much!

  63. Hi Manjula,
    I tried the puries ,they came out excellent.Almost all the purries puffed up.I like your blog & i constantly check for receipes .
    My 7 year old daughter also likes to watch your video, she is a great fan of yours

  64. This is a wonderful site. I stumbled upon this site couple of days back and tried Pani Poori. It came out great!

    Thank you Mrs. Manjula. I am sure i’ll try more here.

  65. hi manjula aunty,
    my mom and i made your pani puris again. This time i made more than 60 but the problem was that the puris didnt puff. I kept the heat on 7. Please reply soon. Thanks

  66. hello…i think your recipe is awesome…Thanks for posting it…Pani was very good but i had problem with puri’s too.Mine did not puff at all..can u tell me where i was wrong?

    1. Hello Auntie Jee,

      I tried your puri recipe yesterday, but mine didn’t puff up. I followed your recipe exactly and watched you demo many many times. Can you please tell me what I did wrong? I really want to learn how to make these puris. I love watching you, keep up the good work!

      1. Hi Aliya,
        Lets see where you can go wrong may be you rolled them too thin, or heat was very low when you put the puri in oil it should sizzle, or puri after rolling got dry before frying.

  67. I love your pani puri recipe. It tastes great!!!
    keep up your good and tasty work!!!
    Only problem was i could make 45 puris

  68. Hello Manjula Aunty , my puris became flat and doesnot puffed , can u suggest me some tips it will be great.Otherwise every other was great also i got 60 puris.

  69. Hi Manjula Aunty, Thanks for your wonderful recipes. Pani for this recipe came out amazing but I had problem with the puris. They puffed well in round balls and I left it on paper towel too. But after sometime I noticed they went soft and I could find no way to make them crisp again. Can you help and tell me where I went wrong?? Much appreciated.

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