Life in UK: How to Celebrate Pani Puri Day Internationally

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Life in UK: How to Celebrate Pani Puri Day Internationally
On this Pani Puri day celebrated by Google Doodle, let’s find the 5 best places in the UK to treat your taste buds with the tang and crispiness of authentic Indian Pani Puri.

Pani Puri is one of the reasons for the homesickness among Indian students. Once it relinquishes the taste buds the flavour is addictive and irresistible to stop at one bite. On the 12th of July, Google Doodle is celebrating Pani Puri the authentic Indian food of spice and sharp flavours. 


If you are an international student living in the UK and these thoughts are making your mouth water, you can visit some restaurants in the UK to munch on Pani Puris. Your study abroad journey in the UK is not only a study venture but a tangy adventure! 

A small crispy ball filled with mashed potatoes and spicy mint water and some sweet red chutney is an ultimate saviour on any day. Though it comes in different names and flavours there cannot be just one favourite flavour. 

Where did Pani Puri Originate?

Pani Puri originated in India and there are two famous stories for its origin. One of them is traced back to the times of Mahabharata when Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas was given a test by her Mother in Law Kunti to make something fulfilling with limited resources like some dough and leftover veggies. 

The legend says that the dish Draupadi came up with is known as Gol Gappa or Pani Puri today. There is another fascinating story whatsoever, dating 300 to 400 years back. In the kingdom of Magadha, now known as Bihar, salty and tangy snacks were originating and becoming famous. 

It is there that an ancient form of pani puri called Phulkari originated. Beliefs of origin may be many but what interests us today is the site of a pani puri stall at every nook and corner. 

Life in UK: How to Celebrate Pani Puri Day Internationally

Top 5 Places to Have Pani Puri in the UK 

And… without any further ado, here is a list of the top 5 places that can save any bad day by offering you the best Pani Puris in the UK.  

  1. GIFTO’s Lahore Karahi, Southall

Southall is famous for its demographics as most of the Indian Punjabi families live there. Therefore, this is the right place if you want to have an authentic savoury pani puri. This restaurant is also famous for serving some Lahori delicacies. 

  1. Sakonis, Wembley

Another place to relinquish your taste buds is in Wembley. You can visit the restaurants for any local Indian street food like Samosa, Kachori and off course, Pani Puri! Under the street food section of the menu, you can order a plate of Pani Puri for 7.95 Euros only. 

  1. Diwana Bhel Puri House

If you are truly missing the street food vibe from your Pani Puris you can visit the Diwana Bhel Puri House for authentic and highly recommended Pani Puris. Also, this place gives a perfect street food vibe and is specifically known for street food. 

  1. Masala Zone

This one is a chain of Indian food restaurants in the UK. You can find multiple outlets for this restaurant across the UK. Their colourful and bright menu might make you a bit nostalgic about your homeland. Order the Gol Guppa Pops and enjoy!

  1. Bombay Cafe Dishoom

If you are especially craving for Bombay style Pani Puris then nothing can be better than Bombay Cafe Dishoom. Enjoy the old-style architecture and light colours of the restaurants while enjoying some Bombay food. 

Life in UK: How to Celebrate Pani Puri Day Internationally

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