The culinary chaos of potato, onion, chickpeas, coriander chutney stuffed paani puri drenched in tangy, mint flavoured water is a strangely soul-satisfying experience. It takes our taste buds to heaven and every time you think about it, you automatically start wishing you could have some. Well, we have a good news for all you paani puri lovers! A group of final year engineering students have come up with a paani puri dispenser. Lord bless them! The group that calls themselves, Electrofoodies, study at the Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka. They also managed to bag the first prize at the national finale of Ink Makers held at T-Hub in Hyderabad for the same.
The students who came up with this unique innovative idea are Sahas Gembali, Sunanda Somu, Neha Srivastava and Karishma Agrawal. If you are wondering what made them think along the lines of coming up with the dispenser, you can stop here. They got this amazing idea when they saw that their favourite local chaatwala clearly did not have enough manpower. And you would agree that sometimes it may get a little tiresome for the one man behind the stall catering to all people. Sahas Gembali says in an interview with the Bangalore Mirror, “We had ordered our dishes, but he was busy serving everyone waiting in the line for panipuri. We realised that serving paani puri is a very repetitive and mundane task and this is something that needs to be automated and, in the process, we can tackle issues such as hygiene and sell panipuri anytime and anywhere”.
So how does the machine work? It dispenses the puris, punches a hole into them, fills it with stuffings and dips it in the paani. It can make a paani puri anytime, anywhere and if this gains popularity you can now forget the long waiting time in front of chaat stalls. It not only makes the work more efficient but it also takes care of the most common problem of roadside chaat stalls, i.e. hygiene. The innovation got mixed reactions initially but after winning the first position, Electrofoodies are ready to take it to the next level. They hope to launch it not only in India but globally for people who are missing out on the mouth-watering experience.
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