Friday, 18 May 2012

Tasting Delhi - Gol Goppa

If you spend some time exploring the markets and streets of Delhi, you may wonder what these flying saucer like objects are. Welcome to street food 101 where we introduce you to the various street foods you will find in Delhi and around India.

Gol Gappa or Panipuri is a big favourite in Delhi and the only way to eat them is to pop the entire little crisp ball of gol gappa straight into your mouth and wait for a taste explosion like no other. Gol Gappas are the savoury version that has the same experience as eating candy floss. It lands for a nano second on your tongue, flirts outrageously with your taste buds and is gone before you know it.
Someone once described the eating golgappa  "like a sweet and salty deep kiss exploding in your mouth, inside out and in slow motion."

 Made of whole wheat or sooji flour the golgappa is a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of water, tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. It is small enough to fit completely in one's mouth. 
They are best experienced in street stalls where they are stacked inside a glass case to be protected from moisture. Golgappas are found in every market, including the bigger ones like Chandni Chowk, South Extension, Sarojini Nagar and Sadar Bazaar but be warned, the vendor will keep serving you until beg for mercy!
Photocredit: when europeans have pani puri by Manvi Godtra photgraphy via


  1. haha, very interesting description of gol gappas. By the way, did you know there are several varieties of golgappas, and each has its own set of ardent followers? While the North Indian variety will mostly have water flavored with pudina leaves (greenish, blander, and sometimes sweetened with a chutney), the East Indian one will have tamarind water (bolder, spicier, and brownish). I swear by the East Indian variety, the epitome of which can be found in Calcutta, but in Delhi the Market-1 at Chittaranjan Park does a pretty good job, too. Do give it a try!

  2. Thanks for dropping by adatewithdelhi! If you are a fan of gol gappa there is an endless variety, I agree and many regional variations. I haven't tried the Bengali variety so will try the CR Park variety!