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1 of the top 5
most sexy things
you can put in your mouth

March 10, 2007

Holi golgappa at the Doors9JUICE Holi party in Delhi

Try to imagine all of the sexy things that happen in your mouth. Now try to imagine a food that embodies these sensual experiences. You are imagining the Indian street food golgappa, unquestionably one of the most exciting things you can do to your body with food in public, a molecular gastronomic snack avant la lettre.

Eating golgappa is like a sweet and salty deep kiss exploding in your mouth, inside out and in slow motion.

golgappa closeup at Evergreens in Delhi's Greenpark

Golgappa is a delicate pastry bubble, one side of which is ‘double dipped’ and sturdy enough to transport some tangy liquid from hand to mouth for a 3 second maximum of non-bodily fluid exchange.

Golgappa at Evergreens in Delhi's Greenpark
Wet and sticky, salty, sweet and tamarindily tangy

Golgappa is a snack most often served in a streetfood setting by a vendor who gets off on tweaking what normally is considered an acceptable relationship between server and snacker. You keep swallowing, the vendor keeps ‘em coming and you have to beg him to stop serving you.

Golgappa at Evergreens in Delhi's Greenpark
Tik, tik, tik…

With your finger or the end of your fork, you poke a hole in the frail side. Fill the pastry with spicy tamarind juice and whatever else happens to be on your plate, put the entire bubble into your mouth, crunch and swallow. At the Doors9JUICE MediaWalla event, bartenders had spiked the tamarind juice with Northern European levels of vodka. Nasfuqndrovja!

golgappa at Evergreens in Delhi's Greenpark
Scooping up juice with a golgappa shell

Constantinos eats golgappas at Evergreens in Delhi's Greenpark
golgappa orgasm
Normally I look more composed when sexy things explode in my mouth, but on a hot day devoted to urban agriculture there’s only so much composure a girl can muster up…

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  1. Hey, great way to show this amazing eatable! The Golgappa is a much-loved dish with its spicy and tangy flavours. The pictures that you have taken depict exactly what a person looks like when he is eating one. My favourite however is the one available only in KGF near Bangalore city in India - the Golgappa water is transparent - looks like plain water - and so heavenly.

    Comment by pritya — March 14, 2007 @ 17:11

  2. that IS some sexy food! does it puff upon frying, or is it made like glassblowing? it seems pretty neutral tasting, like a crêpe… so it could be filled with salty or sweet? The tamarind could go either way.

    I’m thinking ganache and raspberry puree.

    or finely minced chicken with a bsteeya-inspired sauce

    or chai flavored pastry cream with a light caramel sauce.

    ok, maybe it’s time to go eat something in real life, instead of fantasizing over food I can’t figure out how to make!

    Comment by MisChef — March 16, 2007 @ 2:07

  3. the pastry puffs in the frying, but don’t ask me how. It is extremely neutral in flavour, but not in texture. it is delicate but it is reminiscent of a bubble popping in your mouth - amazing fun to eat.

    sometimes you get thinly sliced (and cooked) potatoes with another sweet/sour/spicy mixture to put inside along with the tamarind water - but for me the mixture of pastry and essentially tamarind juice, is amazing, because of the surprise factor of being able to eat something so watery from a pastry shell never ceases to amaze me.

    you want something ‘thin’, not more substantial although the shell would go great with any of the things you name, the coolness factor would be cancelled out I fear.

    Comment by debra — March 16, 2007 @ 9:28

  4. Oh, and MisChef,

    You CAN eat it. Just git yersself on a plane and go to India and enjoy!

    Comment by debra — March 16, 2007 @ 9:29

  5. Hello
    Eat Golgappa at Bengali market Delhi and even better ones in Punjab.
    If you like Golgappa…come to

    Comment by Pat — March 18, 2007 @ 22:08

  6. oh just the title of this post caught my attention… I’ve never heard of this sexy food before, it sounds so good!

    Comment by sandy — October 11, 2007 @ 18:15

  7. Nice article and good pictures….

    Golgappa at Bengali Market, Delhi are the best.

    Comment by Anurag — November 27, 2010 @ 9:05

  8. Like eating a flower.

    Comment by jeff Pool — May 16, 2011 @ 5:35

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