There are so many chaat and snacks in market but pani wali phulki is the combination of 2 or 3 recipes with a unique and amazing taste. One may also call it pani wale pakode as deep fried fritters are dipped in spiced water in this recipe. In northern India it is very popular recipe and commonly made for iftar during Ramadan. Generally the fritters or pakora used for this recipe are made with gram flour (besan) but you may use any type of fritters for this recipe. Also i used baking soda for developing air in the batter of fritters but you may use curd or yogurt for this purpose as well. This is a Ramadan/iftar special recipe and you will love it. So do give it a try this Ramzan.
Put a strainer on a bowl and strain besan (gram flour) well.
Now add salt, red chili powder, turmeric, pinch of baking soda in the gram flour and combine every thing.
Gradually add the water in the besan and make a dough. Add a tablespoon more water if required for kneading.
Beat this batter with hand whisk or electric beater for as long as it changes its color to light shade and air developed in it. For checking this take water in a bowl and add a drop of beated besan in it, if it floats on top that means batter is ready and if not beat it more.
Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
For preparing the sour water, in a blender jug add soaked imli, sugar, chaat masala, salt, black salt, cumin seeds, red chili powder, chopped green chili, chopped mint, chopped fresh coriander, chopped ginger.
Add 1/2 cup of water in the jug and grind all these things in a fine paste.
Take 4 cups of water in a large bowl and add this grind paste in it.
Add chopped fresh coriander, chopped mint leaves for garnishing in this water mixture and combine everything well. Taste the water and if required adjust all the spices as per your choice.
Heat the oil on medium heat, oil should be of medium high temperature.
Take the batter in a spoon and add it in this hot oil, turn the sides of the pakoda after 1 minute.
When all the pakoras (fritters) tun golden brown take out of the oil and directly add in the prepared sour water.
Repeat the same process with complete batter.
Let the pakodas soak in this sour water for 5-10 minutes.
Finely add chopped onions in this water and our pani wali phulki or pani walay pakode are ready to serve.