Pani Puri Recipe

Pani Puri Recipe



1)   2 Packets of Pani puri (25 puri’s in each packet)

2)   For the filling – Boiled aloo with chat masala OR Soaked Boondi  OR Chopped Onions OR Boiled aloo with soaked and boiled brown channa with chat masala OR white dry peas soaked cooked and sautéed in oil jeera, salt and turmeric powder OR Green Moong Sprouted and lightly steamed (this is what I use for my family- healthy and tasty).

3)   For the Water – 1 ½ bunch of Pudhina (mint leaves), 1 bunch Coriander leaves, 125 gms tamarind, 250 gms grated jaggery, 5- 8 green chilly, 2 tsp Jeera. 1 inch ginger, Black salt 2 tbsp, normal salt according to taste, roasted jeera powder and bay leaf.

Method :

In a plan take the jaggery, tamarind, bay leaf and 3 green chilly slit. Add some water and leave it to cook. After 10-15 minutes take it off the fire and let it cool.

When its cool, remove the bay leaf and slit green chilly from it and with your had sieve the mixture through a strainer.  Keep it aside.

Next clean and wash the mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chilies and ginger. Put all this along with jeera and grind to a chutney consistency. Now have chill ice water ready. Sieve this chutney through a strainer along with cold ice water. Mix the jaggery tamarind paste with this mint chutney. Add powdered black rock salt, jeera powder and normal salt for taste.  Vola its ready to make and eat.

Tip – leave the water in the frezzer for sometime before you are ready to use it.


Ma Tint Tint

Ma Tint Tint – Had been planning to go to this place for a month now. Fixed with my friends twice and did not end up going, due to various reason. Today also my visit there was just because we wanted to go to Ajnabi at fountain plaza, but when we went there, it was closed. It seems Ajnabi is closed on Sunday’s L Well not knowing where to go  (luckily I had my niece with me who does not mind experimenting new cuisine) stopped by this place at 6.30pm, not sure if they would be open. Walked in and checked if they were open and they said yes. Now the biggest challenge was on what to order. Only 2 things that I had tasted till date as far as Burmese food was concerned (Athow and Khowsuey),so everything else in the menu looked like greek and latin J We ordered for chicken Athow and a meat platter which consisted of Athow, some meat and noodle soup, rice with mutton, the boiled egg with masala and a dessert.  When we were waiting for our food, we got 2small bowls of yummy clear veg soup which was complimentary. I must admit the food was excellent. It was like home food, which would not give you that bloated feeling. Spice and other masala were just right. The place even though small is neat and clean. I would definitely refer this place to people and am surely going again with my bunch of friends. Glad I discovered another lovely place not too far from my home.

An evening at Sukh Sagar, kilpauk, Chennai.

Sukh Sagar has been a very well known brand, which was started in 1962 as a juice shop in Mumbai, which later on ventured to be one of the well-known fast food places not only in India, but also in a few Countries around the world.

This was an outing I was looking forward for after 4days of being at home with viral fever. Thanks to my friends who insisted that I was good to go.

We were welcomed with a chilled glass of fresh watermelon juice.

Followed by soup of our choice Manchow/ noodle /mushroom. I opted for the  Manchow soup and was not let down, the soup had a very balanced and nice flavor.

Next were the starters. The starters stumped us. The Paneer Achari Kebab was the stealer as far was the Indian starters were concerned.

The Corn Sheekh Kebab was next in line. Why next cause I thought it was a little dry.

The Mushroom Bhara Kebab was not my type, it was sweet and did not go well with most of us.

The Chinese starters were good too. The paneer chilli was better than the crispy veggie, simply because the crispy did not have any flavor and was a bit salty. Paneer chilly was simply awesome.

Next came in the chat. Dahi puri was good and according to me cannot go wrong. Behl puri had too much Mint flavor. The pani puri water was the high light. In most of the chat places, my guess is they use ready made powder to make the water. This water tasted as if it was made with fresh mint leaves/pudhina. That was a pure stealer. I loved it! Pav Bhaji was good. Chola Batura, the chola was a little salty, but else was good. The veg grilled sandwich took the cake. Super nice taste and Excellent flavor Loved it!

The south Indian tiffin was next . The Sambar vada was good, I like my sambar with that little jaggery taste. The Idly was excellent, I have never eaten a rice idly like that in Chennai. It was just like rava idly. I loved and loved it.

By now we were all too full and were not ready for more. But there were still many more dishes to go. We planned to go slow. So the main course was one spoon each of Dal Makhani, paneer butter masala and mushroom masala with roti and Nan. Followed by Veg Biryani. The Dal Makhani was a little salty and the richness of makhni was missing in there. The Paneer and mushroom was good. The Biryani was the only let down. It was more like a pulao.

Desserts that I tried out. All 1 spoon each. Royal Falooda – Nice and as good as any falooda I have had in town. The gadbad is a very mangalorean dessert and have not seen it anywhere else other than in Karnataka. Mangalore gives the best gadbad, so I would not compare it to that one in mangalore. The malai kulfi was rich and had a smooth texture, one of the best kulfi’s that I have had in Chennai. The Sukh Sagar special dessert was nice too. I loved nice and colorful.

Over all experience was very good.

Car park – Good

Ambience –  Good (it’s a new place)

Food – Good

Service – Good

Fun evening with like-minded people.


Royal Lunch at Rajdhani, Phoenix Mall, Chennai.

Sweaty summer afternoon in chennai and we were invited for a Royal lunch at Rajdhani that opened its 3rd outlet in chennai at the Phoenix city Mall at Velachery. This is the first time I was tasting the much talked about Rajdhani food. And what a way of doing it with like minded people. The Thali consisted of many items that  I had tasted in the past when I was in Mumbai and all these were more of home made authentic food. My reviews of the lot that I had in Rajdhani were  Welcome Drink – Both the Keri Panna and  the Thandai was good, expect that keeping the chennai heat in mind could have been served chilled. Farsan – Garlic Dhokla and the cheese pakoda were not only good, but was something different from the usual run of the mill menu. Special of the day – Dal Dhokla was nice, but the Aam ki Launji was divine. The dish that i thought was a little different and very good, since i have never tasted it before was Koyya Roti with Aam ka chutney, awesome combination and Fab taste. As far as the main course was concerned, frankly there was nothing that was bad, but there were so many items guess i could not figure out one from another :-( The gujarati Kadhi and Dal were wee bit sweet. I know they are usually sweet, but these were very sweet, but that was not a concern, since they did have the normal dal and kadhi. Coming to the Desserts – The Pineapple Halwa and Crispy Jalebi stole the show. The Aam Ras though we were told were made of fresh mango did not taste so. Overall Experience was good, Hospitality was very good, ambience was decent too, Kitchen was nice and clean is what i was told by my friends. My two bit  –  If menu could be of multiple choice instead of forcing all dishes on a person in one visit. The person can eat a few dishes and enjoy it and come next time  for more. The prices also could be reduced accordingly. Thank you and all the Best!thalisnackswelcome drink

Pictures Courtesy Chinna Win.

Royal Thali at Rajdhani