Pani puri is one of the most popular street foods in India. Cripy puris with chane, aloo, and sweet and tangy water make our mouths burst with flavour. Doesn’t it? However, recently, the humble pani puri took a whirlwind trip around the globe, all thanks to the creativity of Aditi Nevgi, a participant in MasterChef Australia Season 15. Aditi decided to give pani puri a Mexican makeover. She went all out and stuffed avocado and salmon roe inside those crispy little puris. A fusion of flavours that’s enough to make any foodie’s heart skip a beat! Aditi’s Mexican twist on pani puri had the judges of MasterChef Australia jumping with joy, but back in India, the reactions on Twitter were like a rollercoaster ride.
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First up, we have a person who couldn’t resist taking a playful jab at Aditi’s creation. The user wrote, “You should be thankful that they didn’t put prawns in it. Otherwise, its name would have morphed into prawni-puri!”
You should be thankful that they didn’t put prawns in it. Else its name would have morphed to prawni-puri! :D— George Anto (@georgeanto) June 22, 2023
On the other end of the spectrum, we find an individual singing praises for the audacious twist. He exclaimed, “Probably the best thing that has ever happened to pani puri.”
Probably the best thing that has ever happened to Pani puri— Bharani CL ???? (@Barani002) June 23, 2023
But hold on tight because not everyone was ready to join the pani puri fiesta. In fact, one disgruntled user took offense to the creation and dramatically declared, “She should be imprisoned for this offense.”
She should be imprisoned for this offence.— Shubham Sakhuja (@ishubhamsakhuja) June 22, 2023
Amidst the chaos, there was a voice of reason in the digital crowd. A user commented, “If you think this is bad, then you clearly haven’t seen some of these food vlogger reels on Instagram.”
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If you think this is bad, then you clearly haven’t seen some of these food vlogger reels on Instagram— Sarvesh Kedia (@sarvesh_is_wow) June 22, 2023
So, what does Aditi Nevgi have to say about the discourse around her dish? Well, she will happily continue to experiment, she declares in an Instagram post. She has even shared a list of innovative pani puri variations that she would like to explore. She wrote, “I would like to try Taiwanese Pani Puri (bubble tea-inspired), Dessert Pani Puri (dunked in chocolate milk), and Dance Floor Pani Puri (a shot of vodka).”
What are your views on this Mexican pani puri? Do let us know in the comments section below.