This is a delightful journey for your palate. It is truly a fantasy for anyone who is a pani puri addict like me. I enjoyed this unforgettable journey on the streets of delhi where we began with the hing pani, which was sharp, and then proceed to a mellowed down mild jeera pani flavoured with a sweet date and tamarind flavoured water. We moved on to a lemony mint water and finished with a dessert – like kewda flavoured water. It does take a lot of time and effort to make these flavoured waters but i assure you they will be well worth it. All these can be made upto a day in advance and refrigerated.

Preparation Time: 4 mins   
Cooking Time: 0 mins    
Total Time: 4 mins    
Makes 4 to 6 servings


For The Hing Pani
2 tbsp tamarind (imli)
1 tbsp coriander (dhania) powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp black salt (sanchal)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
salt to taste

For The Kewra Pani
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp black salt (sanchal)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 to 3 drops of kewda essence

For The Limca Phudina Pani
1 bottle limca (lemon) drink
1 cup mint leaves (phudina)
2 to 3 green chillies
1/2 tsp black salt (sanchal)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp roasted cumin seeds (jeera) powder
salt to taste

For The Khajur Imli Pani
1/2 khajur imli ki chutney , mixed with 2 cups of water

Other Ingredients
40 puris
1 cup boondi , soaked and drained


For the hing pani

  1. Combine all the ingredients with 2 cups of water in a large bowl.
  2. Allow it to rest for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Strain through a muslin cloth and add 1 cup of water. Mix well.
  4. Chill before serving.

For the jeera pani

  1. Substitute the asafoetida in the recipe for hing pani with 1 tablespoon cumin seeds (jeera), roasted and tied in a muslin cloth in the above recipe. Chill before serving.
  2. Remove the cumin tied in muslin cloth just before serving.

For the limca phudina pani

  1. Grind the mint leaves and chillies to a paste in a blender.
  2. Combine with the remaining ingredients and 1½ cups of water.
  3. Chill for at least 3 to 4 hours before serving.

For the kewra pani

  1. Combine the sugar with 2½ cups of water and cook till the sugar has dissolved completely.
  2. Allow to cool completely. Add the black salt, chaat masala, lemon juice and kewra essence and mix well.
  3. Chill for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

How to proceed

  1. Make a hole in the centre of each puri.
  2. Fill each puri with a little boondi.
  3. Serve one filled puri dipped in the hing pani, the second puri dipped in the jeera pani, the third puri dipped in the khajur imli pani, the fourth puri dipped in the limca phudina pani and the fifth dipped in the kewra pani.
  4. Repeat for the remaining puris.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Value

Value per serving % Daily Values
Energy 380 cal 19%
Protein 4.7 g 9%
Carbohydrates 30.3 g 10%
Fiber 2.4 g 10%
Fat 26.8 g 41%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Vitamin A 286.1 mcg 6%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.1 mg 10%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0 mg 0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.4 mg 3%
Vitamin C 1.9 mg 5%
Vitamin E 0 mg 0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) 23.3 mcg 12%
Calcium 16.6 mg 3%
Iron 0.9 mg 4%
Magnesium 1.8 mg 1%
Phosphorus 1.7 mg 0%
Sodium 13.6 mg 1%
Potassium 122.1 mg 3%
Zinc 0.3 mg 3%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.