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Homemade Carrot and Orange Granita
Homemade Carrot and Orange Granita! A welcome way to beat the heat!
My summers start with “Hello Summer! “
Because summer means no school and I can sleep till 7 am, mangoes, watermelon, no cooking but basically the girls have holidays. We work at a more leisurely pace.
Then the heat starts and living in Goa means the humidity soars up, even as I type this post the humidity is 75%. So it just zaps you up.
So we start looking for foods that cool you down. The most loved being “Masuru Anna” Curds rice, then buttermilk, various mocktails like Cranberry Sangria~A mocktail, shakes and how can we forget ice creams or Phirni.
There was a time I emptied the freezer and made ice creams at home. The girls had a gala time many times because of the heat they skipped meals and the nanny took the easy way out and gave them ice creams.
I used the CMS power and alginet powder until I started thinking do I want these chemicals in our tummies. Now we go out for ice cream we may buy a tub and that is okay with me, portion control.
The other day, Apeksha shared an image with me and then told me she had this carrot, orange sorbet topped with coffee ice cream.
She said she was told it was carrot orange gelato but I felt it was a granita. Then it can also be called a carrot orange sorbet.
As we discussed the tastes I was intrigued enough and I made it the very next day. Confusing?
If you too are wondering what are the difference between granita, sorbet, gelato, ice cream, and sherbet. Remember in India Sherbet is a drink!
Let’s take a look...
|Main Base||Water and fruit||Water, wine and fruit||In the USA Fruit with milk||Dairy-based||Dairy-Based|
|Differences||Ice crystals give a granite texture and are crunchy.
A granita is not churned
|No milk is used.
Flavours with herbs and spices.
Whipped to lighten the texture.
The flavours are very intense.
Used as palate cleansers.
| Sherbet in India is a drink of fruit juice (commonly lemon) with sugar and salt.
Creamier than sorbet and lighter in texture and flavours are less intense.
|Texture as more milk than cream the fat content is lesser.
Lesser air is churned in.
Freezing temperature, lesser.
the Sugar content is higher.
A good gelato is best consumed within a few days of making.
|The texture is smoother as more cream is used.
Fat content is higher than gelato but the amount of air churned in is also more hence is softer and smoother.
Stored at low temperatures so can be stored for months.
|Main Ingredients||Water, fruit and/or liquor||Water, wine, liqueurs, fruit, chocolate, herbs and spices||Fruit and milk||Sugar, milk, eggs, fruit purees||Sugar, milk, eggs, flavourings|
|Storage||-||-||-||Stored at a higher temperature so softer, melts easy but is smooth||Stored at low temperatures so can be stored for a longer period.|
It is The World Carrot day on 4th April and thanks to Poonam I have already posted Oven Roasted Carrots. the rest of my group members of FoodieMondayBlogHop shared out carrots recipes do check them out they are really innovative.
With Ugadi/Padwa round the corner I wanted to make something festive but nothing too sweet. I am the only one who enjoys sweets and can eat them. Rest of my family are either not allowed sweets or do not like them. So I have made this Carrot, Orange Granita.
Carrots are popular in juices and being naturally sweet are ideal for granita and sorbet. The Orange season is coming to an end in Goa so using the last of the oranges I made this delicious granita. I have avoided using mint while crushing the carrots as my Father-in-Law does not enjoy mint. But do add it as the flavours are intense and enjoy a refreshing dessert.
You can also use liquor like vodka to flavour your granita.
Homemade Carrot and Orange Granita
- 500 grams carrots
- 7-8 oranges
- ½ teaspoon lemon adjust as per taste
- 4 cups water approx
- 3 teaspoon
- Mint a few springs
- Wash and peel the carrots.
- Cut in roundels and transfer to a bowl, add a cup of water and pressure cook in the cooker for 2 whistles.
- Let the pressure drop naturally. Remove the carrots and cool them completely.
- Meanwhile, peel the oranges remove the segments slit open, discard the membrane and seeds. Better to do this in a wide bowl this way the orange juice is collected too.
- To a blender/mixer, add the carrots, sugar and the water that you have used to boil the carrots.
- Blitz till the sugar is well mixed and all the ingredients are well crushed.
- Adjust the sugar, add the lemon then add water as needed. The amount of water you need will depend on the orange juice you have.
- Transfer to a flat container and set in the freezer till the juice freezes.
- Actually, you have to remove from the freezer and use a fork to scrape and stir the granita. Transfer back to the freezer. Do this at least 2 times. I did not I just scooped the granite and shaped it into these cute balls.
- Serve immediately.
Few of us who have on the occasion of the International Carrot Day on 4th April posted carrot recipes. Do check it out.
- Carrot Soup by Nayana
- Carrot cake with Olive oil by Shobha
- Carrot or Gajar Sandesh by Sujata
- Simple Carrot Tagine by Melanie
Poonam Bachhav says
I love both orange and carrot flavors and this easy granita looks absolutely fabulous di ! Perfect treat for the weather here at present !
Very nicely explained the differences between various frozen desserts!! The granita looks so tempting.. perfect for summers.. lovely share Archana!!
Sujata Roy says
Wow Archana granite looks so beautiful, refreshing and delicious. I wish I could grab from the picture. Awesome share.
Thanks, Sujata. 😀
Priya srinivasan says
Wow arch! This is awesome! Can imagine the citrusy punch! Nice idea to add carrots! What not to love about this colorful dessert! Perfect
For the weather here!❤️
Chef Mireille says
what a great guide to frozen treats and a novel idea to include carrot in this version! - Looks delicious!
Shobha Keshwani says
Such a lovely and refreshing dessert for summer.. I can almost feel the fragrance of the orange by looking at it..
Heidi Roberts says
This sounds really refreshing - all we need now is some nice weather!!
I have both carrots and oranges at home… so you know it will be made soon ???? such a delicate yet interesting mix of flavours…
Mayuri Patel says
I love the combined flavours of orange and carrot so am sure this interesting granita will definitely be pleasing to my palate. Easy to make, a great way to get kids to enjoy carrots and nutritious too with all natural flavours. Homemade carrot and orange granita is a must try recipe.
We are heading into peak summer in sometime and I am looking to stack my freezer with this sorbet. I love the citrus flavour with carrots.
Priya Vj says
Delicious granita. I often make orange granita in summer . So this time will make it with carrot orange combo . Love the vibrant organge color
😀 thanks, Priya.
Amrita Roy says
Though the heat has been settled down in Bengaluru I won't mind having this flavorful sorbet. The color is so attractive. Will definitely try this recipe
Jayashree T.Rao says
Lovely one Archana. It looks delicious and a good way to beat the heat during summer. Its on my to do list now.