Where to get best gol matol gol gappay (گول گپے) in Karachi?

Sometimes called Pani-Puri, the innumerable chaats and snacks showcase a myriad of flavors and textures – sweet, salty, tangy, spicy, soft and crispy, that is the epitome of Pakistani snack/food

Also known as Gol Gappay in Pakistan (especially in Karachi) sometimes give a sense of “national food” given the amount of love people have for it, and sells like hotcakes as hotdogs are to America or Tacos are to Mexico.

Pakistani street food is vast, diverse, and delicious, but Pani Puri is the king. Whether you’re ordering it from a dubious vendor on a street corner or making a beeline towards the chaat stand at a wedding buffet, Pani Puri (Gol Gappay) will rarely leave you disappointed.

It is known by different names based on the region – Gol Gappa, Pani Puri, Puchka. This street food sensation is popular among all age groups as it is full of flavors. Each region or home have their own version of Pani Puri, in terms of taste and fillings.

“Some people love them but doesn’t indulge themselves into it because of the low hygiene practices.” USTAAD IN LIAQUATABAD

Every city I visit every culture I discover, I always get this itch that turns into a craving. Itch to find how the pani-puri tastes there, and craving to consume it. I think Pani Puri tells alot about people, culture, their customs. I think.

I'm mad about gol gappay and -- no -- I'm absolutely not a girl.

Gol gappay are small airy balls made of flour and semolina rolled out into very small puris (roti, bread) and deep fried to a golden shade. And then cooled and stored in air tight containers.

The puri hollow puri is then slightly crushed from the top and filled with the yummy ingredients, and the recipe changes from places to places and bring flavors that every time tastes different.

Sometimes mashed potatoes, chopped onions and sweet chutney, then dipped in a chilly-mint flavored tangy water mouth watering and eaten as a whole in one mouthful.

As you savor the pani puri, you can literally feel the explosion of flavors in your mouth, an assortment of crisp, tangy, spicy tastes.

Some people claim that girls like it more than guys, because its the pain/pleasure of the hot and spicy tamarind water and that mashed potatoes which almost burns off your tongue just enough for your taste buds to survive, and leave them in tears of joy and the tingling sensation of extreme ecstasy in the gastro intestinal tract (if that’s a thing you believe you have — to all those serial gol gappers).

Here however a new store (HNK Foods) is ready to provide you at your door step in Karachi. So, you can cook and enjoy at your standards and leisure.

Big Question

Where you get the best pani puri in Pakistan? You might ask. Not sure about Lahore, but when you are in Karachi there is a place in Liaquatabat (old lalukhet) thats at par.

If you want Gol Gappay made at home, and you do not know how to make Pani Puri (Gol Gappay) at home? Take a look at quick recipe to make your own Gol Gappay at home at your ease.

Enjoy!

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