May 1st, 2009
What made me the happiest was the ease with which all the students accepted Gol Gappas.
A gol gappa or pani puri is a round, hollow “puri”, fried crisp and filled with a watery mixture of tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. Its size is small enough to fit in the mouth.
Gol Gappas are a bit of an acquired taste. Not like eating tripe or eyeballs kind of acquired taste, but definitely something that most people haven’t experienced.
And it requires a leap of faith – kinda – to try a gol gappa.
The fact that you have to put a ball full of spicy and tangy water into your mouth, and experience the explosion of flavors – can be scary to some.
I have nothing to back this up but I don’t think that 5 years ago I would have been able to find so many people willing to try something like a gol gappa and actually enjoy it.
Indian food has come a long way in America and that makes me so happy.
One of the students in my class, an Indian living in New York probably as long as me thought that my class was authentic (as in the food we made). That was a huge compliment because I will be honest – when I was planning to teach Street Foods of India, I thought I might not be able to replicate those authentic flavors of India. I didn’t want the food to taste watered down or inauthentic.
So Street Foods of India is going to stay on the schedule at Indian Culinary Center for quite some time to come.
What is your favorite Indian Street Food?