Cooking | Beat the heat #1 – Watermelon popsicles

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Summer is here with full swing and so are the summer fruits! What better way to beat the heat than to enjoy these luscious fruits in all possible ways?

Here is presenting to you, the 1st in the series #beattheheat – watermelon popsicles! These are not only made of watermelon but they look like a wedge of watermelon on the stick… πŸ™‚

Popsicles bring such amazing childhood memories for me! I spent my childhood in a small town. We had very few ice cream shops and eating ice cream every fortnight during summer was kinda ritual, though only after our annual exams are over!

But, there was no shortage of what we used to call “ice fruits”… there was one vendor who will come daily between 3 pm to 5 pm and I and my sister along with our cousins and friends would eagerly await his call. I still vividly remember that call which used to sound like “iceproooot”! πŸ™‚ The treats he used to carry in his small cart were truly “iced” fruit juice with hardly any additional sugar and no artificial colors or any preservatives at all.

This watermelon popsicle (and few other upcoming recipes) are my visits to those bygone summer vacations! I hope you make these and enjoy as much as we did! Do let me know in the comments or on Facebook, if you make these beauties. πŸ™‚

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Here is what you will need –

  1. watermelon – 1 cup, cut in chunks and seeds removed
  2. milk – 2 tablespoons
  3. powdered sugar – approximately 1 tablespoon
  4. juice of 1 lemon
  5. mint leaves – handful
  6. black sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon

Here is how I made these –

  1. Place the watermelon chunks (seeds removed) in the blender. Pour half of the line juice and blend till smooth. Pass through a sieve to get rid of any big pieces.
  2. Pour the watermelon puree in the popsicle mold to 2/3rd.
  3. Keep in the freezer till it starts to freeze. Now remove from the freezer and add a pinch of black sesame seeds. With the help of a toothpick or the popsicle stick try to move the sesame seeds to the bottom and sides of the popsicle mold. Return the molds to the freezer and freeze for about 2 hours. Again, remove the molds and insert the popsicle sticks in the center of each mold. Return to the freezer to completely freeze the popsicles.
  4. Now, prepare the milk mixture. Add the powdered sugar to the milk and mix thoroughly. Bring out the popsicle molds and pour the milk mixture on the watermelon layer. Make sure the that the watermelon layer is completely frozen before you pour the milk or the two layers will mix together and you will not get the white pith-like layer. Pour milk mixture as much to create a layer of approximatelu 1 cm. Once the milk mixture is poured, return the molds to the freezer until the milk layer is completely frozen.
  5. Lastly, prepare the green layer. Add the mint leaves and remaining lemon juice in a blender and blend till smooth. Its OK if you are not able to blend the leaves into a fine paste! Now, bring out the molds from the freezer and pour a 2 teaspoons of mint mixture in each mold. Freeze the molds until this last layer is frozen and the popsicles are ready.
  6. To remove the popsicle from the mold, simply immerse the mold in a bowl of tap water making sure that the water does not enter the mold. Remove the popsicles and eat immediately!

This recipe makes 6 popsicles with a small aluminium mold. The number of popsicles may vary depending on the mold you are using. Also, the exact amout of liquid needed to create separate layer will depend on the size of your mold, just eyeball the quantities and you should be good to go.

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I know there is still time to summer vacations, and currently many of the momsΒ  – not the kids πŸ˜‰ out there will be having exam fever, but do try these, I guarantee that you will not regret!

Happy cooking,

Prajakta

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