My aunt Rita sent me these fabulous pictures during last winter. As I looked these pictures after pictures, I was reminded how diverse India is.Though i knew of sorghum(‘Jowar’ in hindi).I didn’t know the unique way it is consumed in this part of India.
So what is ponk?
It is green immature sorghum grains. It is local to the area around Surat, ‘economic capital’ city of the Western state of Gujrat.It is available during winter months only. End of November to February.
Ponk, sorghum stalks are ready for cleaning.
It is roasted at the bank of river Tapti.
Ponk grains are sorted out by the ladies.
This picture makes me very nostalgic.I see ‘soop’ ,’baskets’ and steel ‘Thali’. It reminds me how in villages, my grandmother and aunt would do similar kind of thing with rice or wheat crop.Notice what women are using with both of their hands.I don’t know what it is called in english.We call it ‘Soop‘ in our home. Its light, woven thing women in India use everywhere to clean and separate say tiny rock fragments,dirt or inferior small grains from rice or wheat or mustard etc.You see the women, second from the right; she is moving the ‘soop’ in up and down motion.By doing this, smaller grains come to the front edge of the ‘soop’ and it’s easy to pick out the unwanted grains.
Beautiful ponk, green and clean sorghum grains.
Ponk fritters, called ponk ‘vada’s and patties for yummy snack served with chutney.Yum.
Ponk Bazaar (market) at the bank of river ‘Tapti’ by the temple, in Surat.
Raw ponk grains are eaten with fine ‘sevs’, kind of like super thin and delicate vermicelli, available in India commonly.
Now i am craving ponk vadas with no possibility of eating this.