Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paloodeh Garmak (Iced Watermelon with Rosewater)

Like all fruits in the Middle East, watermelons are most often enjoyed fresh as a snack or part of a desert fruit plate.The best watermelons are reputed to be grown in Iran although they have also been known to be cultivated in Egypt before 2000BC. The following recipe is often served during the summer months in Iran as a chilled desert lightly scented with rosewater.It's quick to make and doesn't require any special equipment but you can use a ice cream maker if you prefer.

Yield:2-4 Servings
1 medium sized watermelon, cubed seeds removed
2 Tbsp. rosewater
1-2 tsp. sugar
rose petals, for garnish

1. Put the watermelon pieces in a medium ceramic bowl and crush it lightly with a fork till it has a granita-like consistency.
2. Add the rosewater and sugar and mix and then continue crushing till sugar and rosewater are evenly distributed throughout.
3.Put watermelon mixture in freezer and freeze for few(3-4)hours.Every half hour with fork break up ice crystals to create granita-like consistency.
4.When ready to serve,garnish with rose petals.
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