22 Apr 2012

Watermelon Slush Ice... Summery pink treat...


Personally I am not a big fan of icecreams but this time I had to try something cold and sweet but minus the cream /eggs / chocolate / flavourings  and all the hard work. Watermelons are a huge favourite every summer and they decorate the road side stalls in  small mountain heap.

Something about watermelon reminds us of summer in a big way ..:)

Of all the melon varieties, watermelon has a more photogenic presence with its pleasant red watery flesh rimmed with green skin and studded with black seeds.


Actually the watermelon plant is a vine like creeper which finds its way around on the ground and it needs a firm support to grow.

It is believed to have first grown in South Africa and then migrated to other places. As we all know they are 92% water, so grows well in dry arid places.

The fruit itself is a berry , can you believe it???? Yes, it is a berry and referred by the botanists as "Pepo"...:)) A very cute name, isn't it..!!!

There are almost 1200 varieties of watermelon, some are bland and bitter too. Personally I have not come across any of those other varieties.


For the Ice Slush:
Fresh watermelon : 1 kg [red flesh part]
Caster sugar: 100 gms
Cranberry juice: 60 mls.
Lemon juice: 30 mls.

Garnish:
Fresh mint sprigs
Basil seeds : 1 tsp soaked in a little water


1.Mix the sugar and cranberry juice in a pan and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
2.Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Leave the sugar syrup to cool.
3.Remove the seeds from the water melon flesh and cut the flesh into small pieces.
4.Process the watermelon flesh into a smooth puree.
5.Stir in the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Pour the red smooth puree into a freezer proof container.
6.Freeze for 2-3 hours or until it has as slushy texture.


7.Remove from freezer and whisk to break up the ice crystals.
8.Return to the freezer for another 30 minutes, remove and whisk again.
9.Return to the freezer and freeze until solid.
10. Remove 10 minutes before serving time from the freezer and scoop out small portions into individual glass bowls.
11. Garnish with sprigs of mint leaves and a drizzle of basil seeds.


Note: Add more sugar if you have a sweet tooth or drizzle more sugar syrup or honey if you fancy some.You can make this any other fruit that your heart yearns for .... musk melon, cantaloupe, berries, lime, apple, mangoes etc... The basil seeds doesn't add any flavour but adds a pleasant feel to the slush itself.

Enjoy...

Scribbled by Reva 

29 comments:

Shobha said...

Awesome clicks..
Cool cool ice slush .. reminds me of Juhu Beach wala barf ka gola.

Krithi said...

The pink just pops out in the stony background... awesome clicks Reva... I too have to make something like this in the watermelon I have in my fridge... I bought a huge one and can't able to finish on my own.. hee hee..

Srimathi said...

Beautifully presented. I love basil seeds.

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

wow awesome and adorable clicks..cool simple

Akila said...

Wow wow so yummy n cool cool ice cream.. Seein the picture first thought it is just crushed watermelon... But after seeing the ingredients just want to lick the taste... He he he....

Sravs said...

So beautiful and wonderful clicks !! So refreshing one !!

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Rosh said...

Fantastic clicks and a great recipe. Perfect to beat the summer heat!

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Perfect seasonal item with perfect clicks.....

Poonam Borkar said...

so refreshing..fabulous pictures!!
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Biny Anoop said...

wow reva..clicks are superb and its so perfect for the weather....r these the seeds we put in faalooda...didn't know these are basil

preethi said...

loooks yum...pass it pls..

Tina said...

beautiful clicks dear..So tempting and refreshing.

Chandrani said...

Beautiful click. Refershing and cool cool slush. It looks so inviting..

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Prathibha said...

nice clicks wid this awesome summer treat

Shama Nagarajan said...

awesome dear..ongoing event : http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/fruit-of-month-grapes-event_02.html

Priya said...

Omg, mindblowing clicks, wat a super prefect guilt free frozen beauty..

Priti said...

In this weather how I wish I can have it ..fab pics gal

Suparna said...

wonderful treat for summer...hmmm love the gola like slush!!lovely clicks

Zari(Nilam) said...

Thanda thanda cool cool........beat the heat.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Cant be any better..perfect for summer. Beautiful clicks

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Lovely virtual treat, looks awesome.

simran said...

the gorgeous pink!!!!!!!!!super clicks.......and lovely recipe!an absolute must to for the summer.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

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deep krishna said...

Cool recipe for the summer..!Nice clicks too..

Anzz said...

Awesome pics. Love the little tukmaria eggs on top... perfect summertime drink

asiyao said...

Wow! nice clicks.LOOKS FRESH.
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Mano Saminathan said...

Awesome snaps and a fine recipe!!

kala said...

This is reallyyy a gift for this summerrr awesome clicksssssssssss

ANU said...

wow awesome slush dear....never liked watermelon...but this looks so inviting!

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