Panipuri is a favourite dish filled with potatoes, peas or any other item stuffed into small puris along with various flavoured water. It is very difficult to find a person who does not like Panipuri. Because the taste of panipuri has bothered people to such an extent. Indian Street – Panipuri has taken the top spot among street food. Pani Puri is known by different names across the country. Some call them Golgappa, Batashe, Gupchup, Phulki etc. There is a question in everyone’s mind, after all, who introduced Panipuri first? Some say that Panipuri is the kingdom of Magadha. Still, others say that Panipuri is associated with Draupadi.
1. Relationship with Pataliputra:
One of the 16 Mahajanapadas of ancient India, Magadha Empire had Pataliputra as its capital. Some historians believe that Panipuri was first prepared during the Magadha period. Panipuri was also prepared at a time when Chudha, Sesame ladoo and other dishes were prepared in rice.
2. Relation of Panipuri with Mahabharata:
Some food historians say that panipuri has been used since the time of Mahabharata. It is said that the newly wed Draupadi was entrusted with a task by her mother-in-law, Kunti. The Pandavas were in exile and Kunti wanted to test her daughter-in-law to see how she would run a household with so few things.
Kunti cooked for Draupadi and gave the remaining potato curry and just a small lump of flour to Draupadi, Kunti instructed Draupadi that you should use this to satisfy the hunger of the five Pandavas. It is said that Panipuri was the correct answer for this test. Kunti liked the taste of panipuri so much that she described this dish as equivalent to amrita.
3. Relation of Panipuri with India:
As with every dish, historians differ on the history of Panipuri. An absolute truth is that this dish was invented in India itself and even today it is relished with equal love in every nook and cranny of India. From North to South, East to West, Panipuri has many names – Pani Puri Tikki is made in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. But Tikki in North India is a type of chat.
From small children to toothless grandparents, chat is what panipuri is. Where Panipuri first came to light is still a matter of curiosity. Some say that it is associated with the Magadha Empire, while others say that Panipuri is associated with Draupadi of the Mahabharata period.