As promised, I will try the authentic way of eating the Pani Puri or what I call the “Bursting Crispy Balls”. Nasa Little India kami A.K.A Bur Dubai, one of the chaat places there which has people lining up for their turn is Mini Punjab. Along with others, I patiently waited for my turn.
I was so excited to try Pani Puri. My friend was explaining the do’s and don’ts of eating chaat in a chaat place.
- Fall in line, wag sumingit.
- Eat the pani puri fast, because the water will make the puri soft and people are waiting behind you for their turn.
- When you ordered a chaat other than pani puri, you can eat it on the tables not at the chaat counter.
Keeping this in mind, he ordered our pani puri saying the magic words tikkha cum. My first pani puri was served, eat fast! I shoved the whole puri in my mouth. The green and cold water with the sweet spicy chutney, soft potatoes and beans exploded in my mouth with the crackling sound of the puri. Once I put it in my mouth they will make a new one and put it on your small bowl. They usually serve 5-6 puri so its around AED 1.00 per puri. We shared 1 order of puri so we had 3 each. Before my last puri I took this picture.
2 batches of pani puri for one person is filling. But we had a better idea, we only had one order of pani puri and we ordered another chaat. Bhel Puri also for AED 6.00. Mini Punjab’s bhel puri is so-so for me… it was a bit spicy.
Our target was AED 20.00 for both of us, we still have AED 8.00 left. So we ordered another chaat. We got samosa for AED 2.00 each. I’ve had samosa before. Its like a spicy vegetarian empanada. This one was above my spicy tolerance. I thought I was strong enough, but I wasn’t. I bought water.
The experience is definitely more than my money’s worth. I would be back and will not forget to say the magic words.