Mango, Mint, Guava and Rose Sorbet - "Gola Ganda"

May  2, 2012
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4- 10 people, depending on portion
Author Notes

This had been inspired from a icy sweet Pakistani street food called "Gola Ganda", which is crushed ice topped with fruit juice or rose syrup. This version is inspired from my memories of consuming that treat on hot summer days in the markets of Karachi, my version of the memory is brought to life with recollections of the gorgeous Pakistani mangoes and their refreshing fragrant aroma , luxurious local roses and sweet tangy taste of guava which all lends well as use as a palate cleaner to a spicy meal or eaten as a sorbet on a sweltering day. —Sumayya Usmani

What You'll Need
  • 1.5 cups mango puree, either tinned Alfonso mangoes, or the pulp of 2-3 fresh Alfonso mangoes
  • 1.5 cups Guava juice or Guava nector
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid glucose
  • 3-5 drops Rose essence
  • 3-5 leaves of mint, chopped
  1. Add the ingredients (except the mint leaves and rose essence) and bring to the boil in a saucepan, skim any scum of the surface of the pan. Now at the liquid glucose.
  2. Take off the heat and add the mint leaves and rose essence. Allow to cool completely and transfer either into an ice-cream machine and follow instruction to make a sorbet.
  3. If not using an ice-cream machine, pour into a freezable shallow dish, cover and freeze until half frozen. Take out and whisk completely and return to freezer. Repeat at least 3-5 times and then allow to set.
  4. Serve either as a sorbet at the end of a hot meal or in between as a palate cleanser. Refreshing, fragrant and astonishingly delicious!

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    Sumayya Usmani
Sumayya is a food writer and cookery teacher who grew up in Pakistan, but has now found home in Glasgow. Sumayya is passionate about sharing the flavours of her homeland with a view to highlight Pakistani cuisine as a distinct one. The author or two cookbooks: Summers Under The Tamarind Tree (Frances Lincoln) and Mountain Berries and Desert Spice (Frances Lincoln, out April 2017), her writing reminisces about food and memories growing up in Pakistan. She writes for many publications, appears on television, and co-presents BBC Kitchen Cafe weekly, on BBC Radio Scotland.

5 Reviews

Devangi R. May 4, 2012
I agree with you panfusine..night outs to gola walas' and now new type of golas with mineral water..hahhaa..
Devangi R. May 4, 2012
Love the use of rose and mint..
Sumayya U. May 7, 2012
Panfusine May 3, 2012
wow, reminds me of the 'gola walla' carts in Bombay.. except this would be molded on a bamboo skewer.. Will it be a sacrilege to add a dash of shikanji or chaat masala before scarfing this down?
Sumayya U. May 7, 2012
why not, let you imagination go wild! the flavours go with chaat masala i would think! enjoy!