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  • In the streets of Dhaka, couples meet after dark by parks where they sit and talk over some tea and Puchka. There's a place in Jackson Heights, Queens called Bombay Chat that serves puchka. A little bit of Dhaka in New York City. Puchka isn't just for Bangladeshis, but Pakistanis, Indians and other south Asian countries enjoy the same burst in your mouth snack. It's known by different names in different places. Some call it gol goppa (water balls), Indians call it pani puri. Other names include gup chup , pakodi, phulki, patashi, pani ke patashe; you get the idea.

    It's like a thread connecting people of south asia and now you can grab on to it too.

    The recipe is simple:

    1. Shell made out of flour
    2. Chickpeas
    3. Potatoes
    4. Tamarind sauce
    5. Mint sauce
    6. Onions, peppers (optional)


    1. Put chickpeas and potatoes into shell.
    2. Drown shell with spoonful of tamarind sauce and mint sauce
    3. Put the whole thing in your mouth
    4. Close your eyes and let it burst in your mouth

    (Voice: Shajia Kawser)
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