For any foodie, pani puri aka golgappa aka puchka and the various other names this delightful thing is known as has become synonymous with ‘Street Food’.

It is a delight to watch the vendor skilfully punch a tiny hole in each puri, add the fillings and dip it in the meetha chutney/pani.


Here is my attempt to discover ‘the pani puri with a twist’ in my beloved city – the ones featured here are purely on the basis on their ‘hatke’ nature – price and taste take a secondary stand.

Coconut Water Pani Puri

At Thengu Mane in Rajajinagar, they serve Pani puris with pani made out of coconut water – brilliant idea!!

Taste: Made out of coconut water – the pani does lack the ‘punch’ of a traditional one.

(PS: When you visit this place – don’t miss their coconut milk-based fruit shakes , they are absolutely yumm)

Location: Thengu Mane, Rajajinagar, Bangalore

Golgappa with Vodka

Easily the most expensive golgappas I have tasted – at Punjabi By Nature in Koramangala, they serve golgappas with vodka in 4 different flavors – aampanna or jaljeera or tamarind or pepper.

Taste: I will stick to the ‘sober’ pani puris ?

Location: Punjabi by Nature, Koramangala, Bangalore

Golgappas at Chaatimes

For the hygiene-conscious or the street-food deterrent – this is ‘The Golgappa’ to have.

When you visit Chaatimes – ask for golgappa (the puri is made of sooji/rava – makes such a huge difference in taste) and not a regular pani puri.

Taste: Delicious

Location: Chaatimes, Basavangudi, Bangalore

Floating Pani Puri

It’s the vice-versa of a traditional pani puri – here the pani is poured over the puri laced with masala and stuffing – really cool ?

When you visit Chaatimes – ask for golgappa (the puri is made of sooji/rava – makes such a huge difference in taste) and not a regular pani puri.

Taste: Delicious

Location: Om Shiva Shakti Chats, East Anjenaya Street (behind Bugle Rock), Basavangudi, Bangalore

Do you know of any such ‘interesting’ pani puri places? If you do, leave a comment below with the details.

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Ajay-Ananth
AJAY ANANTH

I am a true blue Bangalorean – Food, Motorcycles and Travel are my essentials, cant think of a life without them. ‘Food‘ intrigues me, I regard it as an ‘Experience‘ and taking food pictures gives me immense pleasure. I can also be followed here.