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Posted date:  March 21, 2009

Phuchka, crispy breads stuffed with beans, at a restaurant in Dhaka

Undoubtedly my favourite dish I encountered in Bangladesh was phuchka (known elsewhere as panipuri), tiny crispy poori-like breads filled with a delicious mixture of spiced beans, chunks of potato, diced shallots, chopped fresh chili and cilantro (illustrated above, at the top). The phuchka are spicy, fresh, sour, and are small enough to be consumed in one go. The beans used were most likely a type of chickpea, but actually reminded me of the tender gula ärtor Swedes traditionally eat in their ärtsoppa every Thursday.

A variation on the dish, consumed in Khulna, southern Bangladesh, did away with the act of stuffing altogether and simply served the crumbled bread over the bean mixture, which also had slices of hard-boiled egg:

Phuchka at a restaurant in Khulna, southern Bangladesh

I believe this version is called chatpati, which was also the name of the shop. Regardless, an essential part of this dish appears to be a sour tamarind-based, watery sauce/dip, which was served with both types.

3 Comments for Phuchka

I am from Calcutta, West Bengal, India. And I love Phuchka. But these Bangladesh versions look much better than the street types we get everywhere in Calcutta.

This is Indian StreetFood – Puchkas (in the east), Pani Puri’s in the west, Gol Gappa’s in the north! They are not Bangladeshi! ( Dont forget, Bangladesh was a part of India!

Thank you much for the pictures of mouth watering phuchka..it still reminds me of my days in Dhaka.
Nina we were part of India a little over 50 years ago.And our phuchka are very different of phuchkas from Kolkata , panipuri of Mumbai or golgappa from Delhi.

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