Diet, Low-carb, and Healthy Pani Puri

healthy panipuri


Pani puri doesn’t need an introduction. This famous street food has many names in every region of India. While some enjoy this tangy, spicy, sweet and salty pani puri occasionally, there are many (just like me) who don’t need an occasion to enjoy this dish. Well, although I avoid the traditional ones, I can eat my healthy panipuri for lunch, snacks and dinner. And with this super healthy panipuri recipe, I don’t worry much about my caloric goals or dietary needs.

Diet Low-carb panipuri made with healthy cucumber cups and spiced chickpeas with a tangy wate. A quintessential Indian street food in its best healthy avatar!

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Well, the dish itself is very complex considering the amount of ingredients goes in preparing one. What makes this dish so popular and palatable is its complexity of flavors, diverse texture and an assortment of flavors that bursts in your mouth each time you take a bite. Spice lovers always enjoy this dish without any sweet chutney. However, it’s your personal preference to add the sweet chutney or enjoy this famous Indian snack as it is.

If you have read my first post, then you must know that I had gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy. Pani puri was a strict no-no in my diet back then.


diet panipuri


That’s because the dish is carb rich and loaded with unwanted calories that a diabetic person may not be able to digest while keeping his/her blood sugar levels sane. Keeping that in mind, I came up with this simple, yet satisfying healthy panipuri recipe that ditches the fried, carb-rich puris and high-glycemic potatoes.

Calories and nutrition of Healthy Panipuri:

A Regular serving of pani puri (6 puris) is close to 480 calories, which include the calories from potato stuffing, fried puris and other ingredients used. The carb in a single serving of pani puri exceeds 50g, which include minimal dietary fiber and loads of calories from fat. Unlike the traditional pani puri, this healthy panipuri has only 220 cal per serving, and only 36g of complex carb out of which 25g comes from the low glycemic vegetables used in the recipe.

cucumber panipuri


diet panipuri


High dietary fiber in this healthy panipuri will keep your hunger satisfied and blood sugar controlled too. Plus, this dish has a crunch in every bite, loaded with fibers and all green goodness that you can expect to eat while on a diet or any time if you wish. Without any further discussion, let’s jump into the recipe.


Diet, Low-carb, and Healthy Pani Puri
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
These yummy pani puris are made from organic cucumber. All you need to do is wash and peel the cucumbers, core them to remove the seeds and stuff them with the pani puri stuffing and they are ready. The pani or the tangy and spicy water for the diabetic pani puri is made from the cucumber pulp, cilantro, mint leaves, ginger and green chili. Unlike the traditional potato stuffing, I have used boiled and smashed chickpeas with a few toppings.
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 2 servings
For the puri and stuffing
  • 2 cucumbers peeled, cut in to 1 inch discs and cored to make each one like a cup
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas pressure cooked with salt
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 carrot grated
  • 1 small tomato finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chaat masala Add salt in the end as chaat masala has salt in it
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp thin sev
  • 1/2 tbsp savory bundi
For pani
  • 1/4 cup cucumber pulp
  • 1 cup cilantro washed
  • 1/2 cup mint washed
  • 1/2 inch ginger washed and peeled
  • 2 green chilis
  • 1 tbsp chaat/pani puri masala
  • 1 tsp black salt
  • 1 lime juice only
  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp optional
  • 1 glass water
  1. Wash and peel the cucumber. Cut them into 1-2 inch disks depending on the size of the cucumber. By using a small spoon, core the cucumber disks from one end to create a cup.
  2. Be careful while doing it, as we don't need holes in the base of the cucumber cups. In that case, the puris will not be able to hold the pani when you add it.
  3. For the stuffing: Smash 2/3 of the boiled and cooked chickpeas finely with a potato masher. Keep the rest to use as a topping. If you want, you can add some black chickpeas or kala channa too, In addition to the white ones.
  4. Now mix in the chopped onions, tomatoes, grated carrot, chopped green chili, and the spice powders listed.
  5. NOTE: chaat masalas are available in all Indian grocery stores. You can, however, make the roasted cumin powder at home just by dry roasting a spoonful of cumin in a skillet under medium it and then coarsely grinding them to a powder. Now add the thin sev and bundi, and adjust the taste of the stuffing by adding salt or extra spices as per your need.
  6. For the pani: Take all the ingredients in a blender and blend them with half a glass of water to make a smooth paste. Now add the rest water to make it to thin and watery juice like consistency.
  7. Add some savory bundis to finish. Adjust the taste by adding more salt, sugar(or sugar-free if diabetic) and your pani is ready.
  8. Assembling the pani puri: Add a spoonful of the prepared stuffing in each cucumber puri and serve it with the tangy and spicy pani. Enjoy this healthy pani puri recipe on a hot and humid day or any time if you wish.
Recipe Notes
  1. Use fresh and young cucumbers.
  2. Make the cucumber cups fresh each time for this recipe.
  3. Storing the cups will make them lose water and become soft.
  4. Adding tamarind pulp is always optional. I like my pani very savory and tangy, so I always add it.
Nutrition Fact: Calories per serving 210 Serving per recipe 2 Calories from Fat 40 Total Fat 4.5g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Total Carbohydrate 36g (Carbs from vegetable 25g) Dietary Fiber 10g Sugars 12g(no added sugar) Protein 10g
Allergen information: Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free Possible nutrition claims: Low Calorie and Low Fat (only if recipe is considered a meal), Saturated Fat Free, Cholesterol Free, Excellent Source of Dietary Fiber, Good Source of Protein, Excellent Source of Vitamin A, Excellent Source of Vitamin C, Excellent Source of Calcium, Excellent Source of Iron Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist. All these information mentioned here are based on my personal experience while I was on a low-carb diet. Because, each individual’s dietary requirements and restrictions are unique, he or she should take an expert-advised approach to reach his/her fitness and dietary goals. Information provided in this recipe is the best of my ability. Readers are, however, responsible for all decisions they take pertaining to their health.  

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