Hot Pink Puris and Onion Pakoras – The Brightest Snack You’ve Ever Seen?

By Mark Wiens 7 Comments
Street food in Kathmandu
Street food in Kathmandu

If there’s one way to make your street food product stand out… make it pink – HOT PINK!

While walking around Kathmandu I kept noticing restaurants and street stalls selling bright pink little deep fried discs.

They looked sort of like an Indian paratha and sort of like a Mexican corn tortilla, only pinker than anything else I’d ever seen.

My curiosity couldn’t take it any longer, so on the outskirts of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, I found a friendly man serving his deep fried greasy goodies.

Sitting in a little room that looked like a closet with open shutter doors, he sat in the dark while rolling out and deep frying bright pink circles of dough as well as something more recognizable to me, onion pakoras.

Pink balls of dough
Pink balls of dough

As soon as I stopped and inquired, he informed me that the pink snacks were in fact pink puris.

A puri is basically an Indian fried bread.

I had quite a few of them in India, specifically in Delhi where I enjoyed many meals and snacks of chole bhature – bhature being a variation of a puri – but none in India were pink.

The balls of divvied out dough sat upon a clean metal counter top, waiting their turn to be slapped into discs and tossed into the oil.

Freshly fried pink puris
Freshly fried pink puris

A few moments on each side and the puris came out crispy on all sides, oil soaked, and still as pink as ever.

Pink puris wrapped in newspaper
Pink puris wrapped in newspaper

When you order pink puris in Nepal, just like ordering jhal muri or other Indian street foods snacks, they are wrapped up into yesterday’s newspaper.

The oil immediately penetrates the paper, and my hope is that the ink doesn’t bleed onto the edible puris, but that’s just the way it is!

I’m not totally sure how local Nepalis eat these pink puris, but since I was so curious, I ate one immediately on spot.

It was greasy indeed, and didn’t have much flavor other than oil and crunchiness. In India as I mentioned I ate puris with chickpea curry and various forms of dal, but at this stall he was just making the deep fried side of things.

These hot pink puris would have definitely been tastier paired with some curry.

Pakoras draining
Pakoras draining

Along with pink puris, the vendor also had a metal colander full of onion pakoras.

These deep fried fritters are basically onion little pancake bites deep fried into chips. They are crispy, oniony, and salty through and through.

Onion pakoras in Kathmandu, Nepal
Onion pakoras in Kathmandu, Nepal

Though the onions pakoras were extremely greasy, they were also extremely tasty.

A big newspaper bag full of pink puris and onion pakoras cost only 40 Nepalese Rupees ($0.41).

Having successfully satisfied my curiosity for the pinkest street food I had ever seen, I continued my exploration of Kathmandu!

Have you ever seen a pinker food than pink puris?

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  • Vishal

    2 years ago

    Amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing dude!!

  • Namasya

    4 years ago

    These pink puris are generally used for offering to Hindu gods and goddess.

  • Mary

    8 years ago

    Looks funny))) But I wouldn’t taste the pink variant 🙂

  • Franca

    8 years ago

    I’d definitely buy some of those, my curiosity always wins when it comes to food. I can’t believe how bright they are!

  • Anwesha

    8 years ago

    Haha, even I have had these at Kathmandu. Once. That was enough. Just for curiosity’s sake.:)

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Ha, glad you tried them too, once I think is enough!