Ask any Golgappa lover and they would not know its rich history. According to a legend, when Draupadi came home after getting married to the five Pandavas, her mother-in-law Kunti, assigned her a task. As the Pandavas were in exile at that time, they had to live their lives with less and scarce resources. Therefore, Kunti wanted to test them and see whether her new daughter-in-law would be able to live in such conditions or not.
So, Kunti gave Draupadi some leftover vegetables and enough wheat flour to make Poori, and asked her to make something that could fill the stomach of everyone. Draupadi was quite surprised at this behaviour, but didn’t mind the test. In fact, she chose this time to invent a dish that no one could think of! The new bride made a tangy water, a spicy filling and prepared some small puris. Everyone loved this new invention. Thus, it is believed that Golgappa was first originated in Magadha.
However, there is no exact mention of who and how it was invented in any scriptures. Two things play an important role in completing Golgappa, potatoes and water. Without them, this dish is completely tasteless and incomplete. Since both these ingredients came to India about 300-400 years ago, historians believe that the dish was originated in Magadha, which is present-day South Bihar.