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How to Make Baraf Ka Gola: Indian Snow Cones

July 26, 2016

You guys…I’m one of the strangest people I know. Seriously, I have more weird quirks and habits than anyone I’ve ever met. One of my trademark habits – trying to cook/recreate foods I’ve never eaten or seen anyone make. Usually followed by lots of freaking out and cursing. Enter: baraf ka gola aka the Indian […]

You guys…I’m one of the strangest people I know. Seriously, I have more weird quirks and habits than anyone I’ve ever met. One of my trademark habits – trying to cook/recreate foods I’ve never eaten or seen anyone make. Usually followed by lots of freaking out and cursing. Enter: baraf ka gola aka the Indian snow cone.

So I saw this video on YouTube and figured ‘I could do that’. Mistake number one; never assume you can do anything an Indian street vendor can do. Jokes apart, after much trial and error, I did finally create this delicious & refreshing beauty.

how to make baraf ka gola

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How to Make Baraf Ka Gola

Ingredients:
Shaved ice
Flavoured syrups (I used store bought, but you can make your own if you like)
Food colouring (Optional – see note below) 

Tools:
Small glasses for shaping and serving golas
Spoon
Popsicle stickshow to make baraf ka gola pink chai{These Monin syrups are delicious, but they were not bright like a traditional barf ka gola, so I did end up adding a 1/2 drop of food colouring to the golas. You can see the colour difference in the pics below}.

Procedure:
how to make baraf ka gola, pink chai

Start by packing the shaved ice into your glass about 3/4 of the way to the top. You need to work quickly and really pack the layers hard. Once the ice is packed in, add a popsicle stick to the centre and place in the freezer for 30-40 seconds.

how to make baraf ka gola
Remove your gola from the glass and add flavoured syrup in different layers and combinations. 

how to make baraf ka gola

how to make baraf ka gola

As you can see I wasn’t getting the vibrancy and intensity of a traditional gola so I did add a 1/2 drop of food colouring to each section. Be very careful (and stingy) when you do this or you will end up with a mess all over your lips and tongue! 

how to make baraf ka gola

Serve immediately – enjoy the chuski!how to make baraf ka gola

how to make baraf ka gola

Text: Raj Thandhi
Photography: Aziz Dhamani

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