Into the city
Achecklist on what to shop, where to eat and what to lookout for.
Not many are aware of ponkh. Don’t confuse it with pork; it is a completely vegetarian tender millet seed that’s passionately snacked upon by Gujaratis. Available only from November through February, ponkh is traditionally eaten with limbu-mari and teekhi sev. The sharp taste of sev off-sets the sweet and slightly succulent ponkh flavour very well. The snack is usually washed down with glasses of chhaas or lassi. Ponkh is sometimes eaten raw and sometimes slightly roasted, with sakkar-dana (sugar granules) or green garlic chutney and cream. Die hard lovers of this delicacy in Surat even attend ponkh picnics. Many ponkh centres spring up in the city during this time of the year. Some ponkh delicacies are ponkh-pulao, ponkh-vada, ponkh samosas and even ponkh barfi. You can buy it (at about Rs 200-220/kilo in the season) from the ‘Surti’ vendors of your local market. It is also available on the Ahmedabad-Surat highway and at Varachha and Adajan in Surat.
Head to Café So South to try interesting fusion dosas including their signature chocolate cone dosa. At 101, Sapphire Complex, Old Padra Road, Vadodara Cost Rs 100