Chill with Mango Granita

June 25, 2011

In another life, we were an innocent bunch of kids, who lived a stress-free and tech-free life. We literally lived in our neighbours' homes and loved to play cricket & scrabble.  Many years (or is it light years?) later, we have no inkling of who stays in the house next door, forget about the one down the lane. Now my 8 year old nephew send me an invite on Facebook. Seems like this real world has been taken over by the  virtual world of social networking and internet surfing. For quite some time, this had been disturbing me, as it would to anyone who comes to a new unknown country. I felt bad for my son, for not getting a friendly neighborhood to play and grow in. I used to crib about the virtual life becoming more real than the real life. But then how can you complain about what's becoming your lifeline? And I got to experience this blurring line of real & virtual world, in an interesting way, which literally proved a slice of life!!

While the routine blog-hoping, I came across this lovely blog, and left a comment on some posts. Soon the blogger was visiting my space too and leaving her feedback. After a few such notes exchanged, we discovered that she and her husband are friends of my husband, staying right across the road. Now since we are new in Bahrain and they had not been around for a while, my husband didn't get to introduce us, until today. Finally the two bloggers hopped out of their screen to meet face to face. And had a good laugh over the antics blog can play. So time I rest my anxiety to rest and relive my childhood with mango granita, which is an instant reminder to the "chuski", we enjoyed so much in summers. I really want to recreate that, but maybe next time, till then a simple granita. Hope you had enjoyed the Mango Fool too!!

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various types of flavourings, quite similar to sorbet, but has a more crystalline texture. And this is what I failed to capture in my clicks. The summer heat of Bahrain, ensured that the granita was melting faster than I could click. Did I mention I was clicking in the mid afternoon - right next to the window sill, with ac setting on 'not so cool". Thanks for the compliments to my intelligence!! So I would let your imagination crystallize it. This recipe was adapted from here.

Mango Granita Recipe
Ingredients:






Ripe Mangoes: 2, medium sized
Lemon Juice - 1/2 tbsp
sugar: 2-3 tbsp
water: 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
Mint Leaves - 4-5


Method:






  1. Boil water with sugar, till sugar dissolves. Add lime juice and cardamom powder and let it cool
  2. Peel, chop and puree mangoes. Add sugar syprup and blend it well.
  3. Transfer to a chillded bowl. Cover and place in the freezer until nearly set, about 1-2 hours,
  4. Now break this semi set mixture with a fork, vigorously. Repeat every 2 hours for at least 2-3 times, till it starts resembling ice shavings or granular.
  5. Serve chilled, but not frozen with mint leaves as garnish

Sending it as my entry to Mango Recipes and Serve it Chilled events.

16 comments:

{ Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal } at: June 25, 2011 at 2:36 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks superb !!!

{ DD } at: June 25, 2011 at 3:49 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

wow that's super combo!!!!

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{ Sobha Shyam } at: June 25, 2011 at 6:40 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Thats a visual treat to eye..looks very tasty n yummy :) ..I too feel that the younger generation is not enjoying their life like how we used to!!

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{ Taste Junction } at: June 25, 2011 at 7:33 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sobha Shyam I completely agree dear! And I just hope we can keep them grounded...maybe such coolers might help:)

{ sliceofmylyfe } at: June 25, 2011 at 7:46 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks superb. Sounds easy. Or maybe its just you.:-)
I am super delighted that we connected offscreen as we did onscreen too :-) ( making it sound like we are movie stars)

Wonder why we weren't served any chuski yesterday ???:-(

{ Taste Junction } at: June 25, 2011 at 8:22 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

@sliceofmylyfe Thanks dear...it all vanished day beore itself. I just posted yesterday. But there;s always a next time!!

{ Raksha } at: June 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes the generation has changed now. It's more of a virtual world. SO nice that u got a friend in a blogger. You are lucky. The granita is also very yummy.

{ SinFoodie } at: June 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

When you mentioned behrain and another blogger, I instantly thought of Anita@slice of my life, And bingo, it was she !!! :D:D

Love your pictures at foodpixel, the spinach sphagetti was too good.

{ ashish Dixit } at: June 25, 2011 at 6:38 PM said... Best Blogger Tips
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{ Priya } at: June 25, 2011 at 7:16 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg, cant take my eyes from those incredible granita, feel like finishing it..Younger generation got hooked with electronic gadgets now, seriously am so sad for it..

{ Taste Junction } at: June 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

@SinFoodie Thanks dear for your lovely comments. Grt that you already know her, world is actually small!!

{ SravsCulinaryConcepts } at: June 26, 2011 at 3:08 PM said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks wonderful and lovely presentation !!

{ Vardhini } at: June 27, 2011 at 1:11 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect Anamika and tell me about the heat .. my granita started melting too and I managed to get some decent clicks :)

Never thought of spinach masial to be a chutney, it helps to post simple recipes to get a different view :). I am sure it would be good for chutney or may be even pasta .. should try it next time.


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{ Hari Chandana } at: June 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this recipe a lot.. Yours looks so tempting and delicious.. Love the recipe and presentation !!
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{ Amritha Kalyani } at: July 1, 2011 at 1:01 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

Love ur write up. Made me think about this changing world. Granita is agreat welcome for summer. I love mangoes. Will def try this recipe one day.

{ bakerbynature } at: July 3, 2011 at 4:29 AM said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so refreshing, perfect for these Summer days ahead!

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