Gola Sherbet is by far the most fun Mumbai street food and my one of my favourites. Its nothing but shaved ice on a stick with a glass of sherbet to dip it in and suck on. These ices are available in mutli-hued flavours and variations. I dont really know the origin and history of this delectable sweet dessert, but all i remember is, a kid i used to save up every last paisa i had, to buy these in our lunch breaks from the hawkers selling them outside the school. A perfect treat for the summer, i know this post comes at a very wrong time for all my wonderful readers who are freezing in the cold weather … but hey look at the bright side, all you got to do is get some snow and drizzle it with some syrup ! Voila you have Gola ! haha alright that was’nt very smart … snow is not safe to eat … yeah yeah … i know … ! well its still damn hot here, i guess this part of the world will never see cooler days, but you can save this for when it gets warmer, and i know my readers from down under can get to it right away ! Its really simple, shave some ice, or just crush some in your food processor. Put in a kebab stick and pack the ice firmly around it. Drizzle some of your favourite syrup on it and some in a glass. The key ingredient here is some chat masala. Without which a gola is truly incomplete. There are versions of these. You can make these in a plate, drizzle some sweet condensed milk, some chocolate, some nuts … go wild with it, anything at all that you fancy. Can even go for the alcoholic ones … Grey Goose n cranberry juice … sounds nice doesnt’it ??
So you see the step by step picture guide of how to make a gola and eat it. I made some at home too, with 3 mouth watering flavours – Kalakhatta, Strawberry, and Khas. Mine were mini versions of the real stuff, but also more fun, as i get to eat more, in different flavours. If ever you make it to Mumbai , please do go to the Juhu Beach and try out our man Rashid’s golas. The most popular flavour for gola’s is Kalakhatta – literally translated to Black- Sour … n i really wish i could explain this wonderful flavour to you, but i can’t do it justice tro it. So what i’m doing instead is giving away 2 bottles of kalakhatta and some chat masala to go with, so you can make your very own gola at home, and enjoy the flavours of Mumbai. in your living room, or where ever it is that you plan on eating it :p . All you have to do is leave a comment here, and soon i’ll pick 2 lucky winners and let you know. Enjoy