Tamarind Granita- A Simple, Sweet, and Sour Summer Dessert
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This dessert is so good, refreshing, versatile, cheap, and simple. All it requires are the ingredients, a shallow pan, a freezer, and a fork. I highly recommend my delicious recipe.
So far, this is my favourite type of granita. I love the freshly sour and sweet taste of tamarind and the pulp and extract are inexpensive. It is made very simply.
- Place about 3 teaspoons of *tamarind extract in a pot with 4 cups of water and 1 cup (or less) of sugar. Cook this on low until it dissolves. * I used Tamicon, which I got for under 2$ at a middle eastern store near me.
- Let it cool
- Freeze this is a shallow container or pan.
- Scrape the surface and eat.
- What you freeze is pretty much what you get, so adjust the amounts accordingly.
|Photo by Forest and Kim|
Tamarind pulp - (pretty inexpensive, I have found it at Indian, Caribbean, and general stores for under 2$)
- Place it in heat-proof container
- Add boiling water at 4 parts water to 1 part Tamarind
- Put it in the fridge overnight to cool and steep.
- Strain (In the link I provided above, they are using the pulp for their dish, so consider using the solid as well as the liquid)
- Freeze as above
If this tropical fruit doesn't suit your fancy, don't worry. There are a million granita recipes online (I'll also post a table for experimenting with your own granita recipes in the near future). I hope you enjoy and feel free to share your favourite flavours or comments on the recipe.
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