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Bengali Gondhoraj Ghol

A Thirst Quencher in Scorching SUMMERS….

Bengal’s very own version of buttermilk, Gondhoraj Ghol (গন্ডোরাজ গোল) is a refreshing concoction of home-set curd, sugar, black salt, iced water, and the main star of the drink (Ghol) is the pulpy juice of the heavenly Gondhoraj lemon.. “The King of Lemons” … King of Fragrances. This oblong-shaped lemon has mid-boggling aroma and an unusual amazing flavour similar that to the kaffir lime.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 4

Ingredients and Quantity:

Home-set curd , refrigerated after setting- 1 ½  cup

Sugar- 4 tbsp. / or more as desired

Ice cold water- 450 ml.

Gondhoraj Juice- 2 Lemons

Zest of Gondhoraj -2 tsp.

Black salt- 1/2 tsp. / or more as desired.

Ice cubes / Crushed Ice- 16 / or more, as desired (Optional)

For the Garnish:

Zest of Gondhoraj Lemon- 1 tsp.


With the help of a blender, blend the curd, sugar and black salt.

After a minute, add the chilled water and the zest of Gondhoraj.

Whiz it again until the Ghol is frothy.

Add the Gondhoraj juice, use a stirrer and stir.

Do not blend it, as the ghol has to be frothy.

Add the Ice cubes in serving glasses / Kulhads.

Pour into serving glasses / Kulhads, top it with the zest.

Served chilled.

Chef Tip:
You may cut a leaf of the Gondhoraj into thin strips and add to the drink (Ghol) , to further enhance its flavour and fragrance.


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