Fuchka is a vegetarian snack relished by a large population of Indians. This spicy and tangy snack comes in tiny, hollow, pillow-shaped, puffed crisp wheat balls, stuffed with a mixture of boiled potato, boiled gram and roasted spices and filled with sour water of tamarind. It has its origin in Varanasi, where pudina and roasted red chili powder is a special addition. One can find the same thing with a difference in the stuffing in Panipuri of Mumbai, Golgappa of Delhi, Fuchka of West Bengal and Gupchup of Jharkhand.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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