Slightly-spiced..Melony Ice

It’s the middle of a work week, school is closed for the day. Daddy is toiling away in an airconditioned cube, twenty miles away. But Mommy’s schedule surely allows for a picnic in the park. The sun is falling in a million shards through the gaps in the bright green canopy under a stately oak. And Mommy, as usual, is juggling scores of things..shooing the ants away, stacking up the sandwiches, leafing through the dear pages of Pomegranate Soup, watching over the chirpy six-year-old basking in the open sun while chasing butterflies, and shuffling her iTunes playlist. When Joplin’s voice pours out of the speakers, crooning, “…child, your living’s easy..” she decrees lunchtime. Glancing over her SPF-coated, freckled arms, she holds them out, to be rushed into moments later by the tautly tanned butterfly-chaser who, it appears, was also gathering a bunch of dandelions, all feathery and tickly, especially for Mommy. The sandwiches are then duly wolfed down, and while the remnants are picked up and directed to the trash can, Mommy unlocks a small cooler, bearing a special slushy treat. Shrilly, feverish giggles dissolve in the air around, with eyebrows dancing in sweet anticipation. And out comes the glass dish, its contents melony, peach-tinted, and spiced-up..enticing both the giggly, dessert-hungry mouths. Scoop after glossy scoop, it’s all relished and smacked down to the last crystals, and alack, there will be none left for the ants to feast on..unless they can crawl their way up to two sticky chins. And Daddy will quite possibly be sorry for what he missed.

Masala Cantaloupe Granita
(Serves 2)

1/4 Medium-sized cantaloupe, cut into chunks 
1/4 Cup water
1/4 Cup Sugar
A handful of mint leaves
Whole spices – 1 cardamom, 2 cloves, a small piece of cinnamon, a few peppercorns
A dash of salt
The juice of half a lime, plus 4-5 thinly sliced lime wedges

Puree the cantaloupe chunks and keep aside in a glass dish or baking tray. Make a simple syrup by boiling the water with sugar, mint leaves, whole spices and salt. Once it cools, strain it into the puree, add the lime juice and the wedges, and freeze for about 2 hours, forking through it every 25-30 minutes. Serve in sugar, salt or even sprinkle-rimmed fancy glasses or recyclable picnic cups (swipe the rims of glasses or cups with a slice of lime, and dip them in salt, sugar or your favorite color of sprinkles) and enjoy when it’s cool and slushy..before the heat gets to it and makes it all runny.

Out Melony Ice is being shared with –


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15 Responses to Slightly-spiced..Melony Ice

  1. That looks delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. perfect for a hot summer day (actually it’s still spring but feels like summer here) just looking at this makes me chill :)))

    • Tadka Pasta says:

      It certainly is perfect for those summery Spring days, what with the tang of lime and the zip of the spices in the folds of the cool cantaloupe. Thanks for the visit and the lovely note, Priya!

  3. Sandhya says:

    Thanks for dropping by with a kind note !!
    This is such a perfect summer slush … Well presented props..

    C u more often!!

  4. This looks wonderful! What a perfectly refreshing treat for summertime. Thanks for linking up with Friday Potluck.

  5. amanda says:

    Hey I host a blog hop and I’d LOVE if you came over and shared a recipe! Here’s the link 🙂

  6. Sounds just AMAZING!!! I have GOT to try this out!!!

  7. Amy says:

    What a lovely way to spend time at the park with your kid. This is such a perfect treat for a hot day. I’ve always wanted to make this dessert but never got a chance to. I love the way you add spices to it to make it more special. Thanks for sharing.

    By the way, I’m hosting two giveaways on my blog. One for $50 Thrive products and the other for baking molds and more. Please stop by to enter if you’re interested. Have a wonderful weekend.


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