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Puchkas with an Italian twist

Health & Lifestyle Desk || shiningbd

Published: 14:00, 8 November 2021  
Puchkas with an Italian twist

Having your favourite puchka or pani puri at a roadside stall may not seem like a safe option. However, to satiate your craving for the tangy snack, you can try the traditional puchka recipe at home. And if you are in the mood for experimenting with the flavours, you can also try making delicious Italian puchka shots filled with Italian white sauce and veggies.

Here’s a recipe by former MasterChef India runner-up Neha Deepak Shah that you can try:


Bechamel Sauce

1 tbsp – Butter
1 tbsp – all purpose flour
1 cup – Milk
1 tbsp – Chopped garlic (optional)
1 – Bay leaf (optional)
Very small piece nutmeg (optional, only for flavouring)
Salt and pepper (for taste)

Italian Puchka shots

Pani puri/puchka
Veggies (chopped)
Chilli flakes
Black pepper


Bechamel sauce

*Melt the butter in a saucepan.

*Saute the garlic and add flour; stir until the mixture is well blended.

* Slowly add the milk and stir continuously until there are no lumps.

* Now add bay leaf, nutmeg and keep stirring till the sauce starts to boil and thickens.

* Add salt and pepper and remove from the flame. Remove the bay leaf from the sauce.

Italian puchka shots

*In a bowl, add some vegetables (like corn, beans, tomatoes and carrots or others as per your choice) to Bechamel sauce or white sauce.

*Sprinkle some chilli flakes, parsley and black pepper on top. Add some salt and mix all the ingredients well.

*Take pani puri or puchka and burst it from the top to make a hollow. Add the Bechamel sauce filling.

*Garnish with some cherry tomatoes and basil leaves.


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