Don't you love watermelons? I mean, just looking at that luscious red slice of this humble fruit, sitting on a heap of dark green watermelons at a street side vendor, just makes me feel cooler in this scorching heat.
A piece of red juicy hydrating sweetness of the watermelon in the mouth is the best way to beat the heat.
But not the only one. Every summer season, when my kid gets bored of eating the watermelon, I make this Watermelon Granita. And of course it can be one of the best ways to finish off those last few slices of watermelon on the verge of getting overripe in the refrigerator.
Just 3 ingredients - blend, stir, freeze, and voila - you have a sweet icy fruity treat that everyone will love.
Watermelon - 2 cups pieces of deseeded watermelon
Sugar - 1/4 cup (Substitute this with 2 tablespoons of honey for a healthier version)
Lemon juice - 1/2 teaspoon
1. Place the watermelon pieces in the blender and blend well until smooth.
2. Add sugar and lemon juice and blend well. You might have to adjust the quantity of sugar and lemon juice depending on how sweet or ripe the watermelon is.
|The granita mixture is ready to go in the refrigerator|
3. Pour this mixture in a metal pan or a glass baking dish and freeze. Cover the dish / pan in order to avoid any smells getting absorbed into the mixture.
4. After an hour, the surface and the edges will start to freeze. Remove the dish/pan from the freezer and scrape the edges and the top layer lightly. Stir to incorporate the crystals and return the pan/dish to the freezer.
5. Repeat this process after every hour until the mixture starts looking like shaved ice.
|Watermelon Granita - ready to be served|
6. It might take 4-5 hours, before you scoop up a perfect Granita in your dessert cups or bowls.
It can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. So if you are serving it to your guests at a dinner party, you might as well make it the previous day.