This’s one of the newer additions to the Thindi Beedi or Street Food Street in Bangalore. I love the Thindi Beedi and its varied offerings. This’s a popular hangout in VV Puram near Jayanagar. Where one sees rows of street food vendors on both sides of the street. This part of town’s largely vegetarian and the same’s reflected in the street food that you get here. Though I’ve been coming here for years. I found this shop by the name Bangarpet Floating Panipuri sometime in mid 2018. I heard about the dish for the first time and the floating panipuri recipe sounded unique.
Bangarpet is a small town 90 kilometres from Bangalore. Midway from the Kolar Gold Mines and known for rice trading. I find it amazing that a small town like Bangarpet has brought about this wonderful innovation in the humble Panipuri. The colourless flavoured spicy water served with the puri sets this dish apart. The mint and spices are steeped in warm water to extract flavours. Instead of the regular process of mint chutney added to water. Then strained.
The Bangalore / Kannda style of Panipuri uses Vatana or White peas and a bit of potato in stuffing the puris. The Vatana has a fairly neutral flavour and hence one needs the right amount of spices to make the dish flavourful. The Floating Panipuri has flavoured water both inside and on the outside the puri. That’s what makes this dish so unique.
Bangarpet Floating Panipuri Recipe
Happy cooking and Chowder-on!