Saturday, March 13, 2010
Lemongrass and Lemon Granita
Well I think you would call it a granita as sorbets also contain eggs and its definitely not an ice cream :) . Both kristy's and ancoo's blogs had me craving for something cold and refreshing as the past week has been blistering hot although the week end started with a nice breeze and its been pouring rain today.
The recipe is originally from an indian food writer , Tarla dalal's recipe. I saw it on one of her magazines and its called a lemon grass tickler. My family loved it ,especially when served with lots of icecubes. So this week I decided to freeze the whole thing and pulse it a couple of times with a blender and it turned out to this slushy drink. Or if you prefer a granita.
You will need:
1/2 cup chopped lemon grass( fresh) ,
1/3 cup water
Juice of 2 lemons
1/3 cup fine sugar
600 ml 7up or sprite or cream soda
1. Place lemon grass and water into a blender and pulse a couple of times .
2. Strain it into a bowl, and make sure to squeeze as much liquid out as you can. Mix in lemon juice and the 7 up or sprite and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar or pules a couple of times in the blender again.
3. Remove any froth on top and then pour into a freezer proof container with a lid.
4. Place in the freezer. Take it out after about an hour or so , it will start to form crystals on top, pour it into the blender and blend once and pour it back into the container and re freeze. Do this every 1 1/2 hours and then once its a thick slushy mix , you can either serve it now with a big fat straw or freeze it again and serve once its completely frozen . I think I prefer it more like a slushy mixture, rather than the lazy way of eating with a spoon.
Or instead of freezing it and going through the whole trouble of making the slush you can also serve like the original recipe like a drink with lots of crushed ice