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Acheck­list on what to shop, where to eat and what to look­out for.

Street eats

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.

Fu­sion fun

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

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