Gol Gappa (Crispy Shells Stuffed with Potato & Chick Peas)

30 May

Gol gappa is a very popular Indian street food, just like samosas. Each gol gappa is stuffed with fresh garbanzo beans (chick peas) and boiled potatoes, then topped with savory chutneys and spices. They are so addicting you’ll find that though this recipe serves 3, you may consume them all for yourself. I almost did… 

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Q: Why is it so hard for gol gappas to eat?
A: Because they are always stuffed.

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Ingredients: Serves 3 (4 gol gappa per person). With gol gappa, there is no set quantity of ingredients as you can stuff the shells per your liking. I like the shells to be pretty full so the measurements below are approximations of what I used. Feel free to adjust accordingly. Also, though 4 gol gappa per person is a good quantity per serving, you’ll find yourself wanting more… so don’t worry if you have extra ingredients. 🙂
  • 12 pani puri shells
  • 1/4 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 boiled Russet potato
  • 1/4 cup boondi
  • 1/8 cup yogurt
  • 1/8 cup coconut mint chutney
  • 1/8 cup tamarind chutney (You can buy this from the grocery store though I’ll be posting a recipe for it soon.)
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of red pepper
  • a pinch of garam masala
  1. Chop potato into small cubes.
  2. Put boondi into one cup hot water. Let sit for 1 minute and then drain in strainer.
  3. Mix 5 grams pani puri masala with 1 cup water. Add 1/4 dry mint leaves and some ice cubes (it tastes best when cold).
  4. Heat pani puris in microwave for 45 seconds.
  5. Set up your gol gappa station.
  6. Poke a large hole in each pani puri shell. Don’t take the broken shell pieces out.
  7. In the following order, add these ingredients to each shell: 3 potato cubes, 3 garbanzo beans, 5-7 boondi, ½ tsp. yogurt, ½ tsp. tamarind chutney, ½ tsp. coconut mint chutney, a pinch* of salt, a pinch* of red pepper, a pinch* of garam masala, and ½ tsp. masala water. *By “a pinch”, I literally mean a few grains! Tip: Don’t add the masala water until immediately before you serve the gol gappa, else they will get soggy. I ate mine right away because I couldn’t resist!
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अपने भोजन का आनंद

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I used this pani puri brand.

step 2: boondi & hot water

step 2: drained boondi

potato, boondi, garbanzo beans

step 3

step 3: Here is a picture of the masala packet that came with my pani puri. Most pani puri boxes come with a packet of this masala.

step 3: dry mint leaves

step 5 from R’s point of view

step 5 from Pri’s point of view

step 6

step 6: leave the broken shell pieces inside

so many delicious ingredients

step 7: tamarind chutney

the final product

absolutely delicious


One Response to “Gol Gappa (Crispy Shells Stuffed with Potato & Chick Peas)”

  1. zrohit May 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Mouth watering….!!

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