A summer specialty

The colourful Indian gola machine at Dishoom. photo: Anuradha Mojumdar

 Anuradha Mojumdar recently went to Dishoom’s Southbank pop up and as a Mumbai native explains one of the pop-up’s unique summer coolers.  (first guest post!)

The Bombay Gola

A summer treat which is a favourite at the beaches of Mumbai, Gola is an instant cooler made out of shaved ice with sweet flavoured syrups poured over it. A large solid block of ice is crushed using a manual Indian Gola machine.The ice is pressed into a glass before the syrup is added, then a wooden ice lolly stick is placed in the centre for you to pick it up and slurp away.

A Kalakhatta Gola in the proccess. photo: Anuradha Mojumdar

There are Golas available for Londoners to sample at the Dishoom Chowpatty Beach Bar on the South Bank. The flavours to choose from are orange and ginger, strawberries and cream , bubble gum and the classic Kalakhatta, a tangy Indian flavour.

Barman Dwane McCormack, who has been making Golas for about a month said: “ Making Golas has given me a newfound appreciation for Indian culture.”

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