I love granitas and the best time to savor granitas is undoubtedly summertime. The hot weather makes you want to eat something cold and what better than easy to make granitas.
Granita is originally made in Sicily, it is more coarser than sorbet and is a scraped dessert with no fat in it hence it is ideal for those who don’t want calories from fat. The ease of making it is another bonus. It is perfect as a palate cleanser between courses or you can add some booze to make it as an after dinner dessert.
It is made with water, fruit puree and some flavorings. Since I used alphonso mango puree to make this dessert the flavor was so great that I didn’t need to use any extra flavoring.
I have a little tale to share, every year since the last few years Indian grocery stores sell alphonso mangoes but this year we didn’t find any. This must be because of the global pandemic. I tried the organic mangoes available in Costco but every time it was a disappointment. The mangoes were either sour or not ripening at all. So I had to rely on readymade mango puree which is not my first choice but hey once in a while it doesn’t hurt I suppose.
By now you must be brimming with ideas to make fruity granita. Let’s get started!
- 1 ½ cups mango puree
- 4 cups water
- Few pinches of salt
- 4 tbsp sugar, optional
Combine all the ingredients in a pan and stir well. Let it come to a slight boil.
Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool. Pour into a flat tray (about 8 by 8) and place in the freezer.
After 2-3 hours remove and with a fork scrape the granita and return to the freezer. Repeat a couple of times every 2-3 hours.
To serve scrape and scoop to a bowl or cup.
If you are using fresh mangoes check the sweetness of the mangoes (you can add more sugar) since I used canned puree I needed about 4 tbsp sugar.
This can be stored in the freezer for 3-4 months.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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