I like the trend of these food inspired days popping up. Not sure how these have come into being or what even inspired their creations but they are definitely something that unite the world. As an example, last week was “Popsicle week”.
Now, who would have created something absolutely bizarre like that but then hey, it did get people from world over converge towards a common purpose – to create or eat or find out their favorite versions of these frozen dessert. Someone said it right, “Food unites people” and day’s like these get everyone together, especially when you have access to social media. I cannot tell you the countless posts I would have caught on Instagram or twitter about #Popsicleweek and believe me, they were absolutely brilliant. You can actually learn a lot – like the inventive flavors that can exist in popsicles or that how extremely simple it is to craft your own popsicle dessert or maybe the finer nuances of capturing these frozen desserts on camera and sharing them with the world out there.
I caught up with the “Popsicle Week” wave late last week and decided to make my own frozen popsicles with fresh fruits. A watermelon that had been sitting lonely in the house was my rescue fruit (I was lazy to go hunting in the market but I absolutely wanted to make the popsicles too). A bit of creativity and some punchy natural ingredients led to the recipe of these showy fruit pops with a special dose of Chaat Masala – which is an Indian flavor spice mix that brilliantly compliments the flavor of the fruit popsicles.
PS: It was World Chocolate Day yesterday and while I couldn’t make anything around it yesterday, the weekend plans call for it. Watch out next week for a Chocolate inspired creation.
WATERMELON, LEMON – MINT POPSICLES WITH INDIAN CHAAT MASALA
FOR THE POPS
Watermelon – ½
Lemon – 1 no.
Fresh Mint leaves – 3 tablespoons, finely chopped
Sugar – 5 tablespoons
Water – 3 cups
Lime leaf – 1 no. [Optional]
Popsicle Molds – 6 nos.
FOR THE CHAAT MASALA
Raw mango powder – 1 tablespoon
Freshly ground cumin powder – ½ tablespoon
Yellow chilli powder – ¼ tablespoon
Rock Salt – ½ teaspoon [Optional]
FOR THE WATERMELON
- Using a scooper tool, scoop out round balls from the cut watermelon.
- Cut each round in half and leave aside till needed.
- In case you do not have a melon scooper, you can always cut the melon in small ½ inch cubes and use. It’s perfectly alright.
- Add the water in a pan and add the sugar.
- Heat the mixture on a medium flame till the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Tear the lime leaf and add at this stage and let infuse.
- Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool.
- Once at a stage just warm enough to touch, add in the lemon juice from the lemon (sans seeds). Let the mixture completely cool.
- Once cooled, add in the mint leaves and stir well.
- Take the Popsicle mold and first, add in the cut watermelon rounds till the top of the mold.
- Don’t squeeze them to fit inside the mold. Let there be spaces left between them.
- Add in the lemon- mint syrup now to completely fill the mold till the top. This syrup will find its way between the gaps between the watermelon in the molds.
- Freeze these in the freezer for about 7-8 hours.
- Unmold and serve with the Chaat masala sprinkled on it for an additional punch of flavor.