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puchka, the spicy street-side snack

THE EXPLODING TASTE FROM KOLKATA. THE INDIAN STREET-SIDE SNACK IS ALSO KNOWN AS PANI PURI AND GOL GAPPA.

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A golf-sized ball dumpling bursting with tamarind water makes way to your mouth taking your taste buds on a crazy, crunchy and spicy ride. And just then, another one pops into your plate, challenging your senses for another such ride. Sweet, sour and spicy, no one can eat just one puchka. Call this favourite street-side snack of India by any name - pani puri, gol gappa or puchka, the explosion it triggers in the mouth remains the same! As for now, let’s visit Kolkata for we’re sure many of you are missing uttering these words, Tadatadi puchka dao or Joldi ekta puchka dao! In Kolkata, it is virtually impossible to miss a vendor selling puchkas. Yes, walk down any street and you are sure to spot the road-side stands adorned with deepfried dumplings arranged into a pyramid, tempting one and sundry passers-by. Did you know that while the puchka too is filled with mashed potatoes it is the water that makes it different from the Punjabi gol gappa and Mumbaiya pani puri? The preparation of spicy water that

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