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When I was young (er) and living in my batchelor pad in Tooting (Sarf London), I used have regular curries. Every week. Sometimes multiple times a week. Jeez, the very thought of it makes me sad – as my stomach just couldn’t stand it any more – very sad.
One of the restaurants I used to visit was a vegetarian one called Kastoori in Tooting – it was brilliant – and all bright and pinky inside.
I remember on my first visit there I ordered this starter that I had never heard of – it was Pani Puri… or was it Dahi Puri – which is a Pani Puri but with added yoghurt. The Puris are little popadum pockets stuffed with little potato pieces and chick peas and coriander and… and… and…. oh the memory!
So anyway, they arrive – six of them in a little circle on the plate, and I pick one read to bite into – when the manager races up to me yelling and screaming – hmmm…. must be a fire, I thought.
But no – he just noticed that I was eating them the wrong way. Y’see, you’ve got to stick the whole thing right in there – all in one go – Whammo! And then the tastes explode in your mouth. What a combination of tastes. If you’ve never had them, have them!
And then today I’m round at my buddy Kesh as his lovely wife Rita says the most incredible thing – she says, David, would you like some homemade Pani Puris?
Would I what? Eh, that’ll be a yes then.
And boy they were good. And now I know how to make them. So easy. And I’m going to do it!
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