Paani puris hold an allure cherished by youngsters, feared by moms. While repeated scolding may not have deterred you from paani puri, four engineering students want to ensure, your cravings for the round tamarind water filled crusts never go unmet.
Meet Sahas Gembali, Sunanda Somu, Neha Srivastava and Karishma Agrawal from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) of Manipal University in Karnataka. These fourth year students collectively called Electrofoodies have created a paani puri dispenser. The machine can punch holes in the puri, fill it with stuffing and dip it in water before serving you, much like your paani puriwalla but with a push of a button.
The innovation won the group the first prize at the Ink Makers, an inter-college annual competition. The prototype comes with a display screen which can be used for advertisements for additional revenue. While Electrofoodies imagines it to be used in malls, we prophesy that it may be seen in homes of all paani puri lovers. The group also advises that the dispenser would be perfect for multi-player paani puri challenges.
“We would like to develop the product in the future and bring in more options of customisation. Right now, only one flavour of paani can be served’” said Sahas. But then again much like any vending machine, it requires to be manually filled with the fried puris, stuffing and water.
This however, is not the first instance of India’s obsession with finding easier ways to eat and dispense paani puris for there are several other innovations like tamarind water dispenser much like an automated soap dispenser. Another innovation helps you punch out round puris from the dough.While it may be nice to have non-stop paani puri service, at the end of it, we all like to haggle for a free puri. Doing it with a machine may not be that interesting.