Holi Special – Vodka Pani Puri


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Want to add a fun twist to your Holi party, but scared of bhang and its after-effects? Make way for some Talli Pani Puri with spiked up paani! The obvious choice is vodka, but try and get innovative. Think whisky, tequila, gin or even rum! Hold gol-gappa competitions and be knighted the Spiked Pani Puri champ!

Here’s the recipe:

Buy a packet of ready puris. If you have time, you can make the puri at home, which is always a healthier option.

Step 1: Prepare the Tamarind Chutney

Take half a cup tamarind. Wash it and boil it along with some water for two minutes. Reduce the heat and then simmer it further for another five mins. Let it cool. Clean it (remove the fibre and seeds) and then grind it in the blender along with some ginger, cumin powder, a tablespoon of jaggery and some garam masala. Adjust seasoning as per taste (add more jaggery if you want it sweeter, more salt if it’s too sweet, etc).

Step 2: Prepare the fillers

Boiled potatoes, green moong dal, white peas – the options are many. Use any one one or a combination of all three, depending on your taste.

  1. Boil a few potatoes and mash them along with roasted cumin powder, aamchur powder, salt and lemon juice.
  2. Soak green moong dal overnight and cook it next morning along with salt, lemon juice, cumin powder and pepper powder.
  3. Soak vatana (dried white peas) overnight and follow the same procedure as point 2.

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Step 3: Prepare the Paani:

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Take 4 cups cold water (add more if needed)
In a blender, blend 1 cup fresh mint (pudina) leaves, 3-4 green chillies (adjust to taste), 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp rock salt (adjust to taste), 1 tbsp Jeera (roasted cumin) powder, 1 tbsp jaggery (adjust to taste), 1/2 tsp black pepper and some chaat masala or aamchur masala. Add 4 cups (or more) water and adjust seasonings. Just before serving, add two tablespoons of salted boondi, some fresh coriander for garnishing and alcohol of your choice! Serve spiked paani individually in shot glasses or bowls so that guests can adjust the quantity of alcohol.

Add ice to the paani and refrigerate before serving.

Happy Holi!

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  1. Vodka recipe, 21/05/2013 7:00 am - Holi Special – Vodka Pani Puri

    Thanks for sharing Vodka pani puri recipe. I will take with Grey Goose vodka.

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