Joshi Vadewale
Organic Food Outlets and Resources in India-updated March 2012

Gol, Gol, Gola

 

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Golas are all over the place now. Colourful redi gadi's (push carts), are visible on every street displaying tall bottles with jewel like juices waiting to be sprinkled over a lolly of crushed ice. The welcoming ring of the brass bell draws children out of their homes.

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Is there a human heart that does not thrill to the herald of the ice lolly man ?

What an exquisite quandary to have to choose a flavour. Kala Khatta (made with black rock salt), Orange, Lemon, Mango, Pineapple, Gulab (Rose), Wala (Khus), Katchi Kairi. Forming_gola_1

And then to watch the ice being crushed into crystals and formed into a lolly around a split bamboo stick.

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Then sprinkled liberally with the syrupy fruit squash of one's choice; to be sucked and drawn out with much relish, until the ice crystals have become compacted and colourless once again.

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It would be great if sorbets ,(which is really French for Gola), could be offered in between courses at Indian restaurants with Indian flavours like kala khatta, katchi kairi , kokum or even paan. It would provide that touch of freshness to cleanse the palate of heavier flavours and prepare the tongue and taste buds for more to come.

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