Ponk / Paunk no Chevdo (Spiced, tender roasted sorghum grains) - typically a very Gujarati snack
If you are Gujarati or Indian, chances are you may have come across this extremely unique dish, Paunk or Ponk. Gujaratis wait every year for winter to delight in this most delicious winter snack. It can be eaten boiled however, it is most typically roasted and served with a generous squeeze of lemon, fresh coriander/cilantro chutney, sev (spicy vermicelli) and chaas.
Today, I will share with you the recipe for Paunk in chevdo form. Chevdo basically implies that the ingredient in question has been spiced and well roasted in a wok or other such similar vessel before being served with other delectable extras.
Paunk is one of my favourite Gujarati snacks and given the option, I would eat it at least twice a week, or more! However, as it is seasonal and not as easy to find in the UK (unless you go to Indian grocery stores in Leicester or Wembley - areas with large concentrations of Gujarati people), I savour it even more when I get my hands on it.
Here is what it looks like when served: