Have you wondered about a refreshing snack which satisfies every kind of flavor craving that you might have? This sweet, spicy, tart, refreshing and mouth-puckering flavorful version of traditional pani puri made with cranberry juice is the one to enjoy this season as well as any time! With Halloween right around the corner, these are ideal to serve as "vampire blood pani puri".
Pani puri is a traditional snack that is made with bite size semolina puri (puffed fried bread) loaded with potatoes, sprouts, garbanzo beans filled with a pani(water made with tamarind, mint, cilantro, jaggery, chaat masala, black salt etc). This snack is absolutely divine and can be made with a seasonal flair to the flavor. Instead of the traditional tamarind based pani, use the store-bought cranberry juice. And another advantage is that it saves time making it easier and quicker to fix a yummy snack with less effort. Don’t you want that?
Having these cranberry pani puri provides you a unique flavor experience. The loaded puri popping inside your mouth releasing the sweet, tangy, spicy, refreshing cranberry pani and toppings results in a flavor explosion chain reaction. This will prompt you to pick the next serving! Trust me, it is that delicious! Plus the sprouts, sev, and garbanzos give proteins and the cranberry juice adds to the health benefits. This is amazing in all possible ways.
To make these, puffed semolina puris that are crisp but with a hollow inside is a must requirement. These are available in Indian groceries. Black salt gives a unique and piquant flavor that extends a one of a kind flavor profile to all chaat recipes. Along with this, chaat masala and pani puri masala mix are also used in this recipe and these are also available in Indian grocery shops.
Sev, onion, and pomegranate are optional but I highly recommend those. Sev are fine garbanzo flour noodles, and are available in Indian stores. This adds to the crunchy texture as well as protein profile.
Canned garbanzos can also be used. I make sprouts often at home and this not only adds to proteins but also a crisp texture bite as well.
Mint and cilantro add to the aroma and extend a perfect refreshing flavor balance to cranberry or regular pani puri. Do not miss these amazing fresh herbs.
These bite-sized panipuri are great to serve any day. These can be great snacks as well as appetizers. These cranberry pani puris will be a great choice to serve during fall entertaining. This can be set up like a bar wherein people can add their toppings as desired, fill with cranberry pani and pop into their mouth.
Alternatively, serve the pani in shot glasses with a filled puri on top and this would be a huge hit.
Since the cranberry pani looks red, this is also a great idea to have on the menu for Halloween parties, making this an ideal and scary “vampire blood pani puri”.
With addictive flavors, and a wide array of serving options, these cranberry pani puri should be the choice to make for any occasion.
Fall is the best season according to me. It brings with it lovely colors in nature, great weather, as well as great produce. I wait for fresh cranberries to make this spicy savory Cranberry Rice or Cranberry Rasam. Have you tried my cranberry apple salsa. I highly recommend this with a few chips for the best snack you could ever dream of. Check the blog for more cranberry recipes as well as the links below where my fellow bloggers are sharing cranberrylicious recipes.
Welcome to #CranberryWeek where we celebrate all things made with those tastily tart, red berries! This is the third year for this event and I can't wait to see what the other 8 bloggers are sharing this week. We have over 15 recipes to share on Monday and Friday so make sure to follow #CranberryWeek to see all their delicious goodness.
More Cranberry Recipes:
- Cod and Cranberry Stuffing Bake from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Cranberry Apple Cider from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Cranberry Lemon Bars from Cheesecurd In Paradise
- Cranberry Orange Oat Muffins from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Cranberry Vinaigrette from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Festive Cranberry Tart from Art of Natural Living
- Cranberry Turkey Meatballs from Palatable Pastime
Cranberry juice - 3 cups
Cilantro - ½ cup
Mint - ½ cups
Black salt -½ tsp
Cumin powder - ½ tsp
Chat masala - ¾ tsp
Pani puri masala - 1 and ½ tsp
Thai chili - 1 to 2
For potato mix:
Potato - 1 cup, cooked and mashed
Salt - ½ tsp
Black salt - ½ tsp
Chaat masala - ½ tsp
Cumin powder - ½ tsp
Cilantro - 1 tbsp, chopped
Puris - 25 to 30
Sprouts -½ cup
Garbanzo beans - 1 cup, cooked
Onions - ½ cup, finely chopped
Cilantro - ¼ cup, chopped
Sev - ½ cup
Pomegranate arils - ⅓ cup
Blend cilantro, mint, black salt, cumin powder, chaat masala, pain puri masala to a coarse texture. Add 2-3 tablespoons of cranberry juice and blend to a nearly smooth puree.
Add this to the cranberry juice to make cranberry pani or water.
To the boiled potatoes, add cumin powder, chaat masala, black salt, salt, and cilantro. Mash together to a coarse texture.
To Assemble: Poke a hole in the puri. Add half a teaspoon of potato mixture, a couple of garbanzos, some sprouts, onions, and top with sev, pomegranate and cilantro. Repeat with the rest of the puris.
Pour about quarter cup of cranberry pani.