Pani puri/gol gappa - know your calories

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Pani Puri or Gol Gappa is one of the most, if not the most popular street snacks anywhere in the country. Every state has its twist to it, some stuffing it with spicy potatoes, while others use white peas, and some provide both. Puffed Semolina puris filled with Tamarind chutney and spicy water, this snack leaves many salivating and wanting more than just a single plate. Ever wondered how many calories a single plate of 6 puris contains? You've come to the right place.

Ingredients: Semolina and refined flour Puris deep fried to a crispy consistency till puffed, stuffed with white peas, with a sweet and sugary tamarind sauce and spicy water made using tamarind again, along with chilies, coriander, and mint leaves, along with a host of spices, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the calories are empty ones and have no nutritional benefits. Many roadside eateries are known to use dirty tap or contaminated water, thus increasing your risks of water-borne diseases and stomach infection as well.

Carbohydrates: Each plate of 6 Pani Puri contains 30 grams of Carbohydrates or 120 Kcal, which are derived from the refined flour puri. 15 grams or 60 Kcal are derived from the added refined sugar that is used to sweeten the tamarind chutney. If you've been following us for a while then by now, you'd know the effects that sugar has on our bodies. 

Fats: Each plate of Pani Puri contains 16 grams of fats or 144 Kcal. More than half of the calories are derived from fats, and that's quite shocking, as the snack itself doesn't feel all that heavy and filling. All of these fats are derived from refined vegetable or palm oil if you were wondering. Goes to show how easy it is to over-indulge in something that may appear light.

Protein: Protein content in a serving of Pani Puri is almost non-existent at a mere 1 Gram or 4 Kcal. It shouldn't come as a surprise, as most street foods are pitifully low on protein and high on unhealthy macros.

The Verdict: Like you, we are also fans of Pani Puri, and we understand how hard it is to say no to this tempting snack. If you absolutely must snack on this dish, we recommend limiting yourself to just one plate, which may sound difficult, but it's achievable, and most importantly, consume it only on special occasions, when you truly believe that you have earned yourself a cheat meal.

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