Mango Cardamom Granita {Pass the Cookbook Club}

May 23, 2013
Still annoyed that I missed Pass the Cookbook Club link up last month - Oh Mexican inspired food.. I blame my age for all the forgetfulness. Anyways - this month' pick was Slushed - a book with more than 150 frozen, boozy treats. Need I say more?

I was very impatient to see different options from the book. We had Cuba Libre Granita, Strawberry Basil Gelato, Frozen Key Lime Margarita Pie but sadly none of those recipes worked for me due to the ingredients (I am not a rum or coke girl), lack of ice cream maker, and dislike for pies.  


...I almost did not participate this month but a ripe mango sitting on my counter top inspired me to create a granita with cardamom-sugar syrup. I have confessed my love for cardamom here before and pairing mango with cardamom felt very natural to me because while growing up I ate a lot of mango-lassi & mango-kulfi infused with cardamom. The granita was sweet and subtle warmth from cardamom made every bite luxuriously delicious. To fancy things up a little, I garnished it with fresh basil leaves from my little patio garden.

Granita is a very simple frozen dessert somewhere between a sorbet and a snow-cone. I love how it does not require any special equipment and only calls for fruits (or other ingredients like coffee, alcohol, soda etc), simple syrup, and a lot of room for your creativity.

Mango Cardamom Granita
serves: 2-3

Ingredients
1 ripe-mango (peeled and pureed- it yields slightly more than a cup)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar (use less or more depending upon your preference)
2-3 teaspoon cardamom powder
2 fresh basil leaves (for garnish, optional)

Directions
- In a small sauce pan, heat water and add sugar, cardamom together. Allow it to simmer until it dissolves completely. It reduces a little. Remove from heat and allow it to cool completely. 
- In a blender, pour mango puree and cardamom-syrup. Blend them until it is well mixed together. 
- Taste the mixture, adjust sugar/cardamom and put in a freezer safe container, cover it, and allow it to freeze completely. See notes for details on freezing.
- Use fork to scrape the granita and enjoy. 

Notes: On the Cuba Libre Granita recipe, it mentioned raking the granita mixture every 30 minutes to create icy somewhat granular texture before it freezes completely. I stirred only twice and the result was pretty icy and granular.  


Gather your friends, families and enjoy mango cardamom granita as a snack or dessert!
 
Are you a granita, gelato or pie person?

Don't forget to check out what other PCBC members are slushing this month.

April Pass the Cookbook Club: Pots de Creme



23 comments:

  1. Oh no you di'in't!! This sounds fabulous!! I love granita. This sounds like a perfect treat to enjoy on the patio on a hot summer day.

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  2. I am a cardamom-fanatic, too. This looks delicious!

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  3. Cardamom is a favorite for me. Love the color and the combination of flavors.

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  4. I'm obsessed with granitas right now. Especially this vibrant yellow colored one!

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  5. I am a pie person but this has convinced me to try granita. I love mangoes and cardamon just sounds like a great blend.

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  6. Yum! I've been on a mango kick lately and this looks SO refreshing!

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  7. You come up with such great recipes Dixya. This looks great, especially when avoiding butter and oils.

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  8. Mango and cardamom are one of my favorite flavor pairings! I love how you made this work even though you didn't love the recipes that were chosen. WIN.

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  9. That looks so delicious! It would be perfect for the long weekend ahead!

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  10. Wow, that is the best looking dessert I have seen in a long time. I love mango and this would be perfect for the summer.

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  11. Dixya! Your blog looks awesome!! Lots has changed and I like it ;). I LOVE granita and mango is my fav fruit so this sounds heavenly. I've never tried mango and cardamom together before though. I'm intrigued!

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  12. I have never heard of a granita! Looks good though!

    I have had korean shaved ice before which combines shave ice with green tea ice cream and azuki beans. Truly is a treat

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  13. Okay I'm going to come across like a crazy Indian but I am not a huge fan of mangos...I find them a bit sweet! HOWEVER, I do appreciate them in dessert form, especially gelato! I've never had a granita but this sounds super refreshing- perfect for a scorching summer's day!

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  14. Slurrrrrp!!!! Now you re making me miss mangoes!!!

    http://www.voguewagon.com

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  15. WOW! What a great recipe. I am certainly glad you participated this month. My boyfriend (don't judge) loves a mango Rita's Water Ice. He is guilty of stopping there on the way home and hiding the evidence. I may have to whip this up and bring him back to the light side. ;D Sorry none of the recipes worked for you this month, but I think what you made sounds pretty awesome.
    Love the characture in your header at the top of the site too!

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  16. This looks so refreshing!!! Perfect for this weather.

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  17. I am so glad you felt inspired, because this granita sounds fantastic! I am a huge fan of cardamom, and love the idea of combining it with mango! Yum, hugs, Terra

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  18. This looks great. I love mango...a perfect summer treat :)

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  19. I have not played with cardamon enough but I love everything I've made with it

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  20. Yummy! Love the addition of cardamom and basil here :)

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  21. I just joined the #Pass the Cookbook group and was going through the FB page. I saw this and just fell in love with it. It's exactly the kind of dessert I love. Now I need to figure out if I can squeeze it into a dinner party I'm throwing on Sunday! Love it!!

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  22. Dixya! I really love mangoes now. Especially after trying several different varieties in Guam. Must I say that tree ripened mangoes are absolutely delightful, :-) The tree bats eat most of them in Samoa but a few can be found here and there, :-) Looking forward to trying this!

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