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Monday, July 25, 2011

Peach Lassi Granita

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Call me lazy but given a choice between eating fresh summer fruits to baking with them, I'm leaping on fresh fruits. From apricots, peaches, cherries, mangoes, watermelon and sometimes the exotic rambutan, every meal is followed by a bowlful of summer fruits.

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Making summer drinks is a different story. First thing we want to reach out to drink after coming back from work is a fresh fruity lassi. The sweetness of the fruits paired with tangy yogurt is the most refreshing and satisfying thing to have. The lassi is accented by the subtle notes of cardamom, the alluring aroma of which awakens the senses and helps us fight the lethargy of a long day.

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This summer we are hooked on lassi granitas. Early morning, whilst still half asleep, the fruit and yogurt goes in the blender and then tucked in the freezer. M looks rather annoyed at me, for creating all that noise so early in the morning. Did you know morning hug can make the world a better place? I just wanted to let you know!

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Before leaving the house, I give the mixture a quick second stir. And that's it. We are back home when the sun is ready to set to some granita and M gives me a loving puppy look. Now, it's my turn. I beat him up for the annoyed face he made in the morning. Everything needs to be balanced out, even meanness!

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Since Indian mangoes are getting off the Kuwait's market as monsoon hits India, peach lassi is our favorite these days, but you can surely experiment with other fruits like apricot. 


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I'm also sending this as my entry for Monthly Mingle where the theme is stone fruit. Monthly Mingle is brainchild of the fabulous Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey  and the July edition is hosted by my dear friend Sukaina of Sips and Spoonfuls. Don't forget to checkout Sukaina's blog, which is filled with scrumptious treats for both your eyes and buds!

Peach Lassi Granita
Serves 3-4
Click here for printable recipe

Ingredients 
3 peaches, ripe, peeled, seed removed
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup cold water
Pinch of cardamom powder
Simple syrup as required**

Note

* Alternatively, you can  use buttermilk instead of yogurt. Just reduce the water to half.

** I have made this with honey as sweetener and even though I used a neutral tasting honey, you can quite taste the honey. Which is not to say its not delicious. Its a great alternative if you avoiding sugar.

Method

Put all the ingredients in a blender to form a smooth mixture.

Pour into a baking dish and freeze uncovered for an hour.

Stir the mixture with a fork and put it back in freezer. 

After two hours lightly scrap the top layer (which will be frozen) using a fork. Ideally you should repeat this scraping business every few hours of freezing till all of it scraped.

I just cover the dish after this and let it freeze for 5-8 hours and return to the scraping business when I'm back.

Once all of it has been scraped, it ready to serve. 

The best thing about granita is that it you can freeze it once its all scraped and it will remain as it is in freezer. You don't have to serve it immediately so you can easily make it in advance. 
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37 comments

  1. Aww Kulsum this Lassi Granita is perfect for summer. Love your photos as always!! Yum!

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  2. Perfect and healthy summer drink .Love your photos and the way you write.

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  3. very pretty. believe it or not it's quite got here this summer so this would be so refreshing. i love the texture of granitas-melt in your mouth.

    very nice photos-they look sultry/sexy. (can't think of a better word, hehe)

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  4. I like the addition of yoghurt to the lassi! Sounds rather delicious. And I applaud you for prepari snguch things before going to work! Thanks for taking part in Monthly Mingle!

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  5. Like the yogurt in the Granita and what lovely color it has! Looks exotic and delightful.

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  6. Oh my! Why didn't I make this?! I adore peaches... Gorgeous shots Kulsum

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  7. Looks delicious! Granitas are great instead of ice cream, a lot healthier but taste just as good!

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  8. I think P will go crazy over this one..he is a peach/nectarine/plum (all stome fruits) and lassi fiend! Totally bookmarking for someday when I wanna pamper him :) Looks amazing!

    P.S- Yes, I m so with you on balance out the scales, particularly in the "being mean" deptt ..LOL

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  9. I feel the same about eating fresh fruit over baking them. I shall try to save some peaches though between me and son, tough job.

    Monsoon season indeed, and oddly enough, I miss monsoon rains sometimes.

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  10. So gorgeous Kulsum! I love the idea of a lassi granita. You know, I've never had lassi. I will have to rectify that.

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  11. "Did you know morning hug can make the world a better place? I just wanted to let you know!" - best quote EVER! I'm all about peaches lately, they are so sweet and juicy, I'm gobbling them up before the season is over.

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  12. Peaches and berries are two things I just can't get enough of this summer and any recipe I can find using them that makes me a happy happy girl! This is a fabulous recipe as usual from you Kulsum. Just wondering how the heck did I not think that I can make lassi out of those peaches! Thanks fo rthe idea :-)

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  13. i was wondering what to do with peaches. this looks great ! will try it out :D

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  14. this looks absolutely delicious! pity is bloody freezing here in Melbourne - will wait till summer to enjoy making this recipe and then eating it!

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  15. Wow this is so interesting .....looks great

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  16. I enjoy reading your post as much as the photos! :-)

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  17. Such an interesting post.. so you are out of kuwait and I can imagine how drained you and your hubby would be feeling after coming back from office. I have to tend to a drained hubby each evening here in Bahrain. The lassi granita idea is super!!

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  18. So that's what I can do with the rest of my peaches?! YES!! Thank you! :)

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  19. Nice clicks and healthy drink for the summer

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  20. Hi Kulsum,
    I only recently found your blog through Tastespotters'.
    Great blog!
    What a fantastic eye for color, composition & design you have! Love your humorous writing style also. I hope you can share these talents in the career you are working towards.

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  21. Thank you everyone.

    @Bibi Thank you for that very kind comment. Welcome to the blog :-)

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  22. wonderful fusion of Indian and Italian ideas: lassi and granita! and what lovely colors...

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  23. Love the idea for Monthly Mingle & these frozen Lassi's look great. Peach is a summer favorite over here too.

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  24. I have never had a lassi but it sounds so exotic and delicious. I enjoyed reading about how its made hearing about the impending monsoon season in Kuwait. I just try to imagine what this is like...

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  25. Sweet golden peaches like this is almost non-existent here. Am so jealous with your abundance!

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  26. I've been having that problem too - I keep eating my peaches before I can bake them.
    Making a granita out of lassi - that's really original and innovative. And sounds pretty delicious.

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  27. I am with you- the fresh fruits just keep calling my name. I have never done peach with granita but seeing as how much i love my peaches and anything frozen with them I would love this! Thanks for another great recipe. Excited to try it

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  28. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  29. Summer dessert perfection! What a brilliant way to showcase peach at it's best during summer :)

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  30. I pick fresh fruit too, okay second to baking them, but only because I have a sugar addiction. :)

    Geez, are your photos just gorgeous! Love the lighting.

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  31. I am all over summer fruit right now...it's so tasty and so healthy! Just like this wonderful recipe.

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  32. Really beautiful clicks, Kulsum! And I'm dying to try this refreshing treat =)

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  33. I love fresh summer fruits and love this granita...I need one actually :)

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  34. gosh the colour and granita looks so delicate and gorgeous i can sit with face palm for next couple of hours seeing ur pic!

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  35. Peach is what I want now.. making peaches and cream today. In this extreme heat, I could spoon in that entire cup in minutes. So good!

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  36. as we'd say in Urdu- this is an 'aala tareen' post! gorgeous photos, K. and i love how you have mixed east with west in this one- perfect. muah. shayma

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  37. Before leaving the house, I give the mixture a quick second stir. And that's it. brown hair with blonde highlights

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