Gol Gappa or Panipuri or Pani Ke bataashe is a delightful and highly popular street snack in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. It's English name is "Crisp Sphere Eaten". It is a round hollow sphere filled with flavored sour water (usually tamarind water/chutney) and several other ingredients like onions, chickpeas, potatoes and chili etc. It is made with a size that could be easily fit wholly into eater's mouth, however at some vendors make it extra small or extra large to make it more interesting for people to eat. Regular gol gappa is inserted whole piece into one's mouth while large size gol gappay are eaten with spoon. Streets of several Asian cities are famous to feature the spicy Gol Gappay snacks. If you visit streets of Karachi, Lahore, Hyderabad, Dhaka, Chittagong, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chandigarh, you would find lots of stalls selling the Panipuri or Gol Gappa mostly in the evenings.
Gol Gappa refers to the crisp sphere which means Gol in Urdu which is put in mouth and eaten which means Gappa in Urdu. The term 'Pani' refers to Water in English and 'Puri' refers to a bread which is deep fried in oil. In Pakistan, Kashmir and North India, it is known as 'Gol Gappa' while it is known as 'Batasha' in Uttar Pradesh in India. In Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bangladesh, it is known as Phuchka. In Odisha, Hyderabad Deccan and South Jharkhand, it is called Gup Chup. Similarly, it has different other names in different regions like Pani Pataase in Madhya Pradesh, Gup-Chup in Chhattisgarh and Pakodi in Gujrat and Kutch.