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Friday, September 4, 2009

Gol Gapay

Another street food.
Interesting and delish.
Called "gol gapay" in Pakistan and "pani puri" in India.

A breeze to make specially cuz I buy the shells and don't make them at home. But if you wanted to here is a good link

(The following recipe is for 40 shells. Thats enough for 2-3 people)
(Prep time: 30 mins + overnight soaking + 4 hrs chilling)

Making the tamarind water

Soak 1 cup of seedless tamarind overnight in 3 cups of drinking water.
Bring it to a good roaring boil, turn the heat off and let the water cool to room temp.
You can use an immersion blender and give the water mixture 2 to 3 pulses or you can use the back of a fork to break down the tamarind.

Run the mixture through a sieve to catch small seeds or lumps.
I don't like a complicated flavor in the tamarind water and don't use a lot of spices.
Season with,
Salt 2/3 tsp
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Pepper 1/8 tsp
Cayenne 1/4 tsp

Put the water in the fridge for about 2 hours. It should be icy chilled.

The stuffing

Very basic would be,
Boiled potato chunks 1 cup
Garbanzo beans 1 cup
I like to squeeze lime juice over these, not much about 1 tsp each.
Thats it.

The next would be the boondi raita.
No rules here just eyeball everything.
You will need,
Yogurt 1/3 cup
Red onions chopped fine 2 tsp
Green chilies chopped fine 1 tsp
Tomatoes chopped small 3 tsp
Cilantro chopped 1 tsp
Mint leaves chopped very fine (almost a paste) 2/3 tsp
Boondi 1 cup
(soak it in warm water for approx 10 mins to make it soft. Press them in your hands gently to squeeze the water out before adding to the yogurt)

Dilute the yogurt with a little water, about 3 Tbs.
Season with,
Pepper 1/4 tsp
Cayenne 1/4 tsp
Sugar 1/8 tsp
Cilantro/coriander seed powder 1/4 tsp

Add all the cut up veggies listed above and fold in the boondi gently.

How to eat this?

The shells are bite size.
Grab one and tap it on the top to make an opening.
Fill it with a few potatoes, garbanzo beans and some boondi raita or any other chutney you like.
Some people like to dunk but I like using a spoon here, fill it with tamarind water and pop the whole thing in your mouth all at once.


  1. Wow..i just remembered how much i miss having it!! Making it seems like a lot of work..or mayb i have gone a bit lazy! Great pic!

  2. Anonymous3/2/10 18:13

    the font here are too tiny... i can't read properly and the picture is soooo goooooddd