I don’t know about you, but I crave ice cream ALL THE TIME in the summer! Crazy, right? It’s an obsession that I have to keep under check, but honestly, this relentless summer gets the better of me. While I’m not really one to fall for the concept of a ‘healthy dessert’ I will say that a fruit-based granita comes close to being a healthier alternative.
The amount of sugar you add to this granita, depends entirely on how sweet the watermelon is. There are times when I haven’t had to add any, but this one needed a dash. The lemon juice adds so much depth of flavour. If you feel like adding a pinch of ‘kaala namak’, I reckon that would be great too! There’s a reason why our Indian summer coolers always have a dash of it… because we lose a lot of salt from our bodies when we perspire, and a dash in drinks such as these helps restore it.
You’ll be surprised at how filling this granita is. Because of how chilled it is while eating, you’re forced to eat it slower than you would eat, say, a scoop of ice cream. And that helps fill you up. Don’t let this be the only granita you make this summer, you can try variations with any of the summer fruits, or even a mixture. And when you do, please tag us on social media so we can have a look too!
Time taken – Prep time 20 minutes, hands off time – 8 hours
– Watermelon (cubed): 5 cups
– Lemon juice: 3 tablespoons
– Raw sugar: 3 tablespoons (adjust this according to the sweetness of the watermelon)
– Place the cubes of watermelon in the jar of Pro Line® Series 5-Speed Cordless Hand Blender. Attach the S-shaped blade to the hand blender. You might be able to place only half the given quantity of watermelon in the jar, in that case, add half the amount of lemon juice and sugar with the watermelon and blend.
– Do this in 2 batches and pour the liquid into a shallow and wide pan like 9-inch round Pie Pan.
– Place the pan in the freezer, and every 2 to 3 hours, pull the pan out of the freezer and use a spoon or fork to scrape the frozen bits. It will start freezing from the sides, so those are the bits you need to start scraping with. Scrape every 2 to 3 hours until you reach the centre of the bowl and all the bits have been scraped up.
That’s when it’s ready to eat!