In virtually each road nook and throughout a number of eateries, there’s a individual cracking a gap on the floor of a small puri to stuff it with mashed potatoes and chickpeas, boondhi or peas and dunking it in a pot of chilled, spiced and tangy pani. Whereas we’re busy popping these pani puris into our mouth to maintain up with the pace at which they’re made, we ignore the hygiene concerned in making and serving this snack.
Again in 2017, when Aakash Gajjar and Devendra Avhad, managing administrators of the Ahmedabad-based Penguin Revolutionary Engineering went out on their break to get pleasure from a plate of pani puri, they fell in poor health and determined this was a problem for 2 engineers to unravel.
The answer: computerized pani puri filling and making machines. “These machines guarantee a zero-contact course of and final 12 months we additionally got here up with an computerized fryer to finish the cycle,” says Devendra.
The pani puri filling machines are harking back to the soda merchandising machines of yore the place a tank is full of liquid and a nozzle dispenses it. Solely on this gear, it’s activated by a sensor and is ready to fill the specified amount of the flavoured water.
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While being one of the in style snacks throughout the nation, it is usually private to every palette. “Whereas some would possibly like simply the spicy pani, some would possibly wish to add a little bit of the candy and tangy one too. So the amount of the water one would need could be customised and there’s a handbook button to start out and cease as effectively,” explains Devendra.
This machine begins at ₹12,000, is available in 45 variations with one to 16 nozzles and a container to retailer the puris. The coin-operated pani puri ATM machine, which is a well-liked alternative among the many firm’s purchasers has six nozzles, potato dispenser and offers out puris separately. It additionally makes ready-to-make pani flavour powders that can be utilized with mineral water. Some variants additionally come within the type of carts that may be pushed or hooked up to the again of a bike and are battery operated.
There are near 50 different machines that blend and knead the dough, flatten it into sheets, minimize them into puris, fry and retailer them. “We’re additionally engaged on a machine that may pack the puris into baggage that may maintain them from breaking,” provides Devendra.
Near 150 filling machines are bought each month and are additionally exported to Canada, Amsterdam and the UK. Whereas most of those machines are in style amongst start-ups, the one-nozzle mannequin has additionally been bought by a number of road distributors. “Traditionalists typically don’t choose these gear however we now have collaborated with a number of of them that use our machines to make round two lakh puris in a day,” says Devendra.
Alongside the strains of bringing a couple of hygienic approach of constructing and serving road meals, the corporate additionally manufactures a coin-operated computerized bhelpuri machine that premixes all of the elements earlier than a nozzle dispenses them at a pace of 30-40 plates per hour.
The bhel even is available in a variety of flavours, from Jain bhel, Sukhi bhel and particular bhel to a ‘Mexican’ bhel, and — maintain your breath — chocolate bhel.
The corporate additionally makes sugarcane juice machines, computerized tea machines, and robotic serving arms.