Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Watermelon sherbet a gift of summer

Last week I made a promise to you. This post is the fulfillment of it. I am going to share with you the recipe of a sherbet my mother made when I was growing up in India’s heartland, a region of unrelenting summers. This sherbet is made best with a watermelon that is dark red inside. The watermelons I pick in Mumbai – these have never disappointed me – are light green, with dark green stripes. These are unspeakably red and luscious inside, with small, sparse seeds.

½ of a small (3 lb) watermelon
3 tbsp castor (superfine) sugar
1 lemon or lime
3 cups water
A few mint leaves for garnish
Ice cubes


  1. Cut watermelon into wedges.
  2. Grate them roughly over a flat grater placed over a large bowl (choose a size just large enough for the grater to rest on the edge of the bowl) to catch the juice and pulp, discarding the seeds from the top with a fork.
  3. Stir in the sugar and water.
  4. Squeeze a slice of lemon or lime and stir.
  5. Put ice cubes in tall glasses and pour the sherbet. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime, or mint leaves.

Makes four glasses.


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Hi Vincent:

Thanks for your compliment. I tried adding my blog to your portal, but didn't get confirmation.


jim said...

Hello Angshuman, I enjoy reading your blog. Watermelon is also delicious cut in cubes with feta cheese, sliced red onion, and a light dressing made with balsamic vinegar. I also have a blog. It is about Italian wine. www.theitaliancellar.blogspot.com

Angshuman said...

Hi Jim:

Thanks. I too visited your blog. I read a post with interest -- I am a wine lover as well. I will try to browse your blog further during leisure.