KOCHI: Have you ever tried a panipuri doused in lichi or chocolate or a flavour of mango? If you can’t wait to try out the varieties of one of India’s most favoured street foods, you need not go very far. ‘Chatar-Patar’, founded by an Indore-based ex-Infosys employee Prashant Kulkarni has opened Kerala’s exclusive outlet at Kakkanad.
The story of ‘Chatar-Patar’ begins with a brainwave by a young entrepreneur who wished to bring hygiene during the sale of Panipuri and other chaat masala mixes being sold offhandedly in almost every street in North India. Also, the thought that variety was lacking in most of the stalls as often, they were selling a single type of panipuri -- small crispy puris soaked in tangy tasting water.
Thus was born the Gapagap, claimed to be the world’s first panipuri brand. Apart from the lichi and black current, the Maggi Gapagap which is a combination of regular Maggi and masala enclosed within the panipuri is a crowd-puller. Be sure to try the corn gapagap, which is a mixture of sweet corn and masala mix inside the panipuri. The Black current panipuri will tease your senses no end!
The Dahi panipuri- the lip-smacking sweet yoghurt completely doused in the panipuri should be eaten within half a minute or else you may have to continue licking them with your fingers.
Be it the Khatta meeta or the Kokkam or the Sauf panipuris, they are all in sale at this quint little shop here at Kakkanad. In total, there are at least 15 varieties of panipuris for you to savour. Prashant plans to introduce a total of 115 in the coming months.
Apart from panipuri, the shop also sells a variety of burgers and pizzas with a touch of ‘Indianness’. If you like the idea of round and crispy yet sauced up foods, be sure to try the Chaatizza, a name play on the Chaat and Pizza. The Szechwan Chaatiza is topped with onions, chillies, sev, grated cheese and ketchup over a dry Papad-like base called Khakra. Adorned with grated cheese, it looks like a rangoli and is a fun eat. When the waiter brings you the snack, you may look at him quizzically wondering how one eats the snack. No formalities, just dig into it with your fingers.
For those burger lovers out here, here is something safer and healthier which is completely vegetarian. Try the Indian Chowpathi burgizza which is a mixture of chaat masala, pomegranates, yoghurt, aloo masala, and chips. This is purely an Indian burger which has a chilly, tangy taste.
Whooper brugizza, which is a lipsmacking product of French fries and coleslaw mix, placed between two buns, deserves a clap. Leave the outlet only after trying them.
Apart from these products, there are bhajiya platters, hot chaatz and Kurkure chaats which could be eaten during this rainy season.