Gola Danda Anyone?

Gola-Ganda.jpgIts been ages since I had one of these finest delicacies of Karachi found at Dhoraji roundabout. Late night we some how stumbled around the Dhoraji area which was again glittering with some god-knows-what celebration around the entire area, a celebration which the other parts of Karachi remain completely ignorant to.

With the couple of Gola stalls I somehow landed at purchasing the special version from Saleem Qadir Gola. Amid the shouts around me preaching me about the Influenza virus and Bird Flu making its rounds in Karachi, I as a faithful Karachiite choose to brave all hell and choose one of the finest available to devour.

A good five minutes later I was handed a huge cup filled with crushed ice garnished with the colors of the rooh afza rainbow. I probably don’t have to tell you how it tasted but this I can surely attest that I returned with a frozen mouth and am sure body sugar levels must have crossed a thousand with all the garnishing that were added onto the Popsicle.

For our friends not living in Karachi ‘wish you could enjoy this’ *snicker* – but for those residing in this beautiful city of ours, do visit and enjoy this delicacy slowly fading away from our streets.

30 Comments so far

  1. Akshay (unregistered) on March 30th, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

    Summer is here. We call them Bharuf ka Golas here in Mumbai, I especilly love the Kala Khatta variety. Just brilliant. Bharuf Ka Golas, Kesar Fallodas and cold Mangoes.

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    Doc, you of all the people…..shame..shame…:-)

  3. yo yo (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 1:16 am

    hmm for some reason i thought it was Gola GANDAA..not DANDAA

  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 1:23 am

    Yo Yo – I also thought that – but somehow I assumed I was mis-pronouncing it. But when you mention it I think I was saying it correctly ;)

    People whats the consensus on the issue is it Gola Danda or Gola Gandaa?

  5. umar (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 2:28 am

    its always been gola gandaa… i used to like it but havent had it for ages… not sure if i still like it until i try it again.

  6. danny (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 2:35 am

    It’s Gola Ganda — didn’t the signs on the stalls say that?

  7. subsepehlepakistan (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 2:45 am

    Gola Gandaa! Dhorajee … kia baat hai!

    Ayub bhai ki Chaat … Saleem bhai ka gandaa… Nasir (i think) ka paan … Miss all that big time!

    Teethy please do try the chaat… he used to be on a thela right by that exquisite looking furniture shop.

  8. Jay the big J (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 2:57 am

    I have seen the ice they make Gundaz from :( .. I don’t think it’s very Healthy :|
    But I can try the Chaat only if they don’t wash all the platters In one Bucket :|

    Besides you can make Gola Gundaz at home, the ones I make at home only Lack colors. ( any one needs Recipe ? ):)

    Waysay.. Someone should start selling nice and Clean Golla Gundas :)

  9. kunwal (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 3:22 am

    no doubt about the taste of theat GOLA GUNDA…!!anybody can tell me any private cenima’s in karachi like cafe blue etc?? how can i know which movie they are going to show??is there any site or phone number or advertisment???

  10. subsepehlepakistan (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 4:22 am

    Sheraton has a gola stand … or atleast used to have one… there’s a nice place Mr. Gola at Gizri (again used to) … but I was gonna say thats what all the taste from :)

  11. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 6:31 am

    Gola Ganda! not Danda!
    man….im very selective about these.
    i had a favourite spot for these back in Kharadar, opposite Quaid e Azams birthplace….
    havent been there in ages since i found out the guy doesnt come there anymore…..sad….

  12. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 7:10 am

    Continuing this debate over the name, I always called it Gola Ganda as well. It is the first time I read ‘Gola DANDA’ … and honestly, I think Gola Danda makes more sense than ‘Ganda’.
    ‘Ganda’ means nothing, while ‘Danda’ is a proper Urdu word. ‘Danda’ may represent the stick on which the ‘Gola’ used to be.

    But whatever, now it officially Gola GANDA. :D

  13. IllusionFS (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    The debate got me all confused, but I think I have been saying Gola Ganda all my life, but I have also heard people saying Gola Danda.

    Kanwal: I dont know what you mean by ‘private cinemas’ but if you are looking for a good place to watch movies, goto http://www.cinepax.com/

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    Gola Danda!
    is it not “gola ganda” ?:D,anyways yes this gola rocks,tried it many times :>

  15. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    @Kanwal: try http://www.royalrodale.com they show all latest movies as soon as there DVD prints r available in market..cafe blue shut down long time back…

    @TM: as far as i have been eating it, i suppose it was called gola ganda !!

    @Akshay: last time i went to india almost 3.5 yrs back i ate thm in Mumbai they were called “chuski”.

    uncle saleem’s is the best gola ganda in town also the guy at forum with gola ganda stall can be tried due to health reasons

  16. Jay the big J (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    @Moiz .. yum.. I will be giving Forum a visit Now, Thanx I dont know how i missed that.

  17. Zag (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    do have it from time to time…… also try Yousuf’s Bun Kabab if you are in Dhoraji….

  18. mansoor (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    For those of you who prefer an upscale gola ganda.. try it @ Millenium Mall… there’s a cart near the lift, and that gola ganda the guy sells are AMAZING !

    really good flavours too.

  19. khanana (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

    yaar kia hogaya hay… its gola ganda.. go and ask any gola ganada wala.. even at dhoraji its called gola ganda

  20. eluXzion (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    the celebration…. Rabi-ul-Awwal has just started today…

    now you know….

  21. kunwal (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    @ illusionsf & Moez..thanks a million :)

  22. Kaash (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of DANDA…Its gundda all the way….last time I had had when I was visiting Karachi in 2001 and I had fallen real sick the next day but I still miss it…actually I had it in San Juan, Puerto Rico…yes they do sell Gola Gandaas there but it was called something else…

  23. Razi (unregistered) on April 1st, 2006 @ 2:46 am

    AKSHAY: Thanks for reminding of the Kala Khatta in Mumbai (used to be Bombay when I last visited there). Had the pleasure of having this beverage on the footpath in front of VT station along with Pau Bhaji. Amazing food I must say.

    Back to my lovely Karachi. Kya yaad dila diya..Dhoraji ka Gola ganda!! Further down the road used to stand Yusuf Bhai bun kababwala. Folks do try it out….it was awesome. If someone does actually venture down to his shop…please tell him that Amrika wale Doc saheb jo pehle Aga Khan maen they salam kaha hae. His younger brother Siddiq used to have a Chole/Chaat cart near the intersection of Khalid Bin Walid Rd and Sir Syed Rd in PECHS. These place used to be a frequent haunt of mine. Miss Karachi like crazy :(

  24. danny (unregistered) on April 1st, 2006 @ 3:34 am

    @Kaash: It may have been called “Italian Ice” — that’s what it’s called in the U.S.

  25. Faisal (unregistered) on April 1st, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    It’s also referred to as a “sno-cone”

    But the dhoraji ones beat the rest hands
    down what with the little pieces of jelly
    and condensed milk. Worth taking the risk
    of contracting some gastrointestinal disease.

  26. DarthVader (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2006 @ 3:54 am

    Beware :

    don’t eat the yellow snow – Zappa

  27. Kaash (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    I know we call it “Italian Ice” in US but it was a Spanish name in San Juan and it was sold pretty much on every street.

  28. Kaash (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 12:26 am

    Ok Wikkipedia Rocks!!! Here is what a Golla Gandda is called in Puerto Rico.

    In Puerto Rico, they are named “piragua”, because they are made in pyramid shapes and “agua” means water in Spanish; hence the name “pir-agua”. Most Puerto Rican snow cone vendors are street snow cone car peddlers.

  29. Kaash (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 12:29 am

    For Danny:
    Snow cones are sometimes confused with “Italian ices” or “water ices”, but water ice purists distinguish between the two: snow cones are generally flavored after production, at the point of sale, whereas water ices are flavored as the ice is made.

  30. Dutch students (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    Best Karachiites,

    We are dutch students and have too design a Public space around Bararas chowk. We want to know from yoy, what kind of spaces you like, need or want in the city. What sort of activities do peolpe do during there free time. And what is special abouth banaras chowk.

    If you want to help email to Slakkehuisje@hotmail.com


    Jelmer & David

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