Watermelon Granita


It is Halloween time and it’s still warm here in East Coast, which makes me crave for cool treats. Ice cream is the first thing that comes into my mind. I had a left over watermelon lying in the fridge. None of us wanted to eat or drink the juice anymore. Then a thought came across – Granita. A very easy and delicious icy treat made with fresh fruit.

Granita is a popular Italian dessert. It is semi-frozen treat made with water, sugar, lemon juice and flavorings which can be made pretty much with anything sweet and any kind of liquid right from juices ( fresh or canned) to fruit puree’s and even with Italian sodas and doesn’t need any special equipment to prepare. For me it’s the best treat available anytime and all year round.


1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 cups 1-inch watermelon cubes (seedless)
1 ½ tbsp fresh lime juice
Mint leaves to garnish


dsc04469.jpgIn a small saucepan, combine the sugar with water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Allow this sugar syrup to cool down to room temperature. Puree watermelon cubes along with lemon juice until smooth. Strain the mixture into a large bowl through a coarse strainer, using a wooden spoon to push the puree through. Combine the sugar syrup and this puree. Pour into a chilled tray and place this tray in the freezer. Scrape the mixture every 30 minutes with a fork, Make sure to scrape evenly. Repeat the process and continue to freeze and break up ice crystals until completely frozen, about 3-4 hours. Spoon the granita into tall glasses or bowls and garnish with the mint leaves.

Enjoy it anytime!!

Notes and Tips.

The granita can be frozen for up to a week. Stir & scrape with fork before serving. You can use all kinds of fruits both fresh and frozen for this treat.


18 Responses to “Watermelon Granita”

  1. October 25, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Yum! I love watermelon and I love granita so I know I will love this! Love the new look of your site, Padmaja!

  2. October 25, 2007 at 8:18 am

    Shiva……Lovely granita Shiva….but u know…I will use any other fruit except watermelon….U know it right I have an antipathy towards it 🙂
    Nice presentation 🙂

  3. October 25, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Looks delicious! I love the watermelon color!:))

  4. October 25, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Lovely looking granita Shivapriya, those pictures are really breathtaking! and I love that color

  5. October 25, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Hey Shiva….Yup I know Worldgate dr…its very closeby….Do u stay there by any chance…? if u do….YIPPEEEEE 🙂

  6. October 25, 2007 at 10:36 am

    excellent pics and mouth watering one …..excellent color choice

  7. October 25, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Thanks Nicole, I remember ur post on Granita.

    Yes Sirisha, I read it in ur MEME. You can make Granita with any kind of fruit or even with juice. Oh and I live near worldgate, close to KOHLS.

    Thanks Asha, its my fav too.

    Padma & Deepa, thanks for ur sweet compliments.

  8. 8 bee
    October 25, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    thanks for dropping by, dear shivapriya. is your blog on food blog desam? if not, could you please get it on there by contacting indira? (foodblogdesam@gmail.com). it helps lazy bums like us keep track of recent posts by fellow bloggers through their RSS feeds.


  9. October 25, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    very beautiful and fabulous looking granita! nice pic!

  10. October 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    What a beautiful color!

  11. October 25, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Though the climate is not very favourable here, I wuld love to have a bit of that.

  12. October 25, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Bee, I have not registered yet,

    Thanks Sharmi & TBC

    Pushpa I made it last week, even its cold and raining at my place now.

  13. October 26, 2007 at 6:50 am

    does ur blog show up on food blog desam? i donno why i keep missing ur posts 😦

  14. October 26, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I came to know aby this in Suganyas tasty palettes first and instantaneously fell in love..
    Looks lovely Shiva..perfect for the halloween..
    the blog template is awesome with all the beautiful pics..
    Love the aratti poovu pics and recipe..:D

  15. 15 jeenaw
    October 26, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    I love water melon great recipe lov ethe pic. 🙂

  16. October 27, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    This looks awesome. Great photos! I love granita and sorbets. And here, watermelon is just coming into season. Thanks SivaPriya for posting it.

  17. October 28, 2007 at 9:14 am

    No Sia, its not.

    Thanks Bharathy. She has a nice blog.

    Thanks and good to see u back Jeena.

    THanks Vegeyum.

  18. October 29, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Hey Shivapriya
    It got real cold here over the weekend, everyone in the house is coughing or sneezing. The weather realized it was too warm for fall after seeing your lovely granita 🙂

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