Homemade Tutti Fruiti made using natural colours, without any refined sugar and using watermelon is a healthy and economical treat.
Caution: Make at your own risk. These taste so good that mine got reduced to half as everyone just popped up one or two while these were drying!
Healthy Tutti Fruiti
Colourful Tutti Fruiti adds life to any dessert be it taste or looks. This method of making Tutti Fruiti is really easy and once you will make it you will definitely not feel like buying from the market. You will just fall in love with this healthy and guilt-free Tutti Fruiti. It tastes great without any taste of watermelon nor of any natural colour.
Watermelon is eaten in every home and its rind goes into the bin. Today, we will be making Tooti Fruiti with this waste part only. I do make Kanji (fermented water) with this white rind and now this candied fruits. With this recipe, I am sure watermelon consumption is going to rake up in your family.
Tutti Fruiti At My Place
Tooti Fruiti is my favourite. Be it simple Tutti Fruiti ice cream or biscuits or a healthy fruit cake, I just love it. It is also favourite as it is the main ingredient in my Fruit cake which is one of my popular recipes and is liked by all age groups. Till now, I have been buying Tooti Fruitti from the market only and there have been times when I deferred making fruit cake in the absence of this colourful beauty. Though the cake tastes good with dry fruits too but the look it gets with Tooti Fruiti is matchless.
During the on-going lockdown, when my husband came to know that I would be making Tutti Fruiti with the watermelon rind, he didn’t believe it and had apprehensions about its good outcome. But finally, when he got to eat it, he just couldn’t believe it, was awed by its taste and just said one word, it’s magical! And this made my day!
It was much better than store-bought one as it was less sweet and not sticky too.
What Is Tutti Fruiti?
Though many of you are very well aware as to what Tutti Fruitti means but if you are calling it by some other name or have any confusion regarding this, then Tutti Fruitti is nothing but candied fruits which are available in various colours like red, yellow, green, orange etc. and is mainly used for cake decoration and in ice creams. Do you like Tutti Fruitti ice cream?
Why Make Tutti Fruiti At Home?
Tutti Fruitti is easily available and in various colours too. Then what is the need to make it at home? You will understand its answer best when you make it yourself or taste homemade tutti Fruitti, the way I have now.
- Store-bought Tutti Fruiti are loaded with sugar, they are like sugar candies only. When making at home, you can not only control the quantity of sugar but also use healthy alternatives. Like, I used Boora sugar in this recipe.
- They are coloured! And you are not sure as to what type of colours are used. Though I have not used any artificial colours in this recipe but even if you do, you will be using of the best quality, chemical-free colours. But when store-bought, you are just not sure of anything!
Why Make Tutti Fruiti With Watermelon Rind?
Tutti Fruiti is ideally made using raw papaya. Just visualize raw papaya and watermelon white rind. Don’t they look the same?
Tutti Fruiti makes from watermelon rind, no doubt, tastes good but the fact that you are making best out of waste is what gives you immense happiness. Why waste anything, be it peels only if we can use them in some way or the other. Agreed, that every peel/rind cannot be used but whatever can be, should be. I have already shared a post on using lemon peels. Similarly, orange peels are so much full of fragrance and are used beautifully in Orange cake thus avoiding the need for any artificial essence. Coriander and spinach stalks make the worlds best lemon coriander soup and Spinach soup respectively.
Why I Prefer Making Tutti Fruiti With Watermelon Rind?
One of the main reasons is to be frugal! Watermelon rind comes free with the watermelon whereas raw papaya is to be bought. Isn’t it? Just joking but making Tutti Fruitti with the rind is one of the many ways the rind can be used. So, why buy raw papaya especially for making this candied fruit.
Though both raw papaya and watermelon rind are very nutritious but the former has a slightly bitter taste and thus needs to be boiled first to get rid of that bitterness. Whereas watermelon rind is tasteless and can be used as we like.
Tutti Fruiti With Natural Colours
Looking at the pics, you must have guessed by now what all things I have used to colour these. Beetroot of course for the lovely red colour and turmeric for the yellow. Green was a difficult one and as seen in the pics, the colour has not come up very nicely. But then again, there are different viewpoints and this is a different colour in itself. I used spinach puree for it.
If you are thinking that these must be tasting of spinach or turmeric then let me tell you that there is taste of none of these when dried fully. Though, while making, when in moist stage you will feel the taste of turmeric/spinach but once dried its not at all there.
Making Tutti Fruiti At Home A Lengthy Process
When you make tutti Fruiti at home then though it is an easy process but it does require up to 2 days. Though actual time used is not much but drying time is a lot. In addition, chopping watermelon white rind into small pieces is also a laborious process. Thereafter, making beet and spinach puree and similarly, some other steps make it a lengthy process. But, whether you are making Tutti Fruitti with raw papaya or watermelon, it is a lengthy process, so be prepared!
Brownie Points Of My Homemade Tutti Fruiti
|No Artificial colours used. Made with only natural colours.|
|No Refined Sugar is used.|
|Very moderately sweet unlike store-bought sugar-loaded tutti fruiti.|
|Best Out Of Waste, as made with watermelon rind.|
|Not sticky like the storebought ones.|
Tips To Make Tutti Fruiti At Home
- Do not chop very small pieces. After boiling and then drying the pieces shrink in size and thus if chopped in very small pieces, they become even smaller after they are ready as Tutti Fruiti. I did this mistake, as chopped some of them very small. So, a lesson learnt and thus bringing it to your notice.
- After adding colour, dry them on a kitchen towel or some other cloth. But avoid paper napkins as these may stick there and it becomes difficult to remove.
- When drying on towel, toss them off and on to avoid sticking there (though can be removed easily)
- Dry them completely else the moisture in it will spoil these.
- The quantity reduces to almost one third after drying. Like I started with 3 cups of chopped pieces and finally got less than 1 cup of it.
- The green colour of spinach is seen fully when dried completely. Otherwise while making and till a few hours later too, it looks very pale and light green colour. So, have patience!
- They taste good only when completely dried, otherwise, you will feel the taste of turmeric, spinach etc which is not up to the mark. So, again have patience!
How To use Homemade Tutti Fruiti
You can use homemade Tutti Fruiti in any bake or dessert just to add colour and brightness. You may use these in:
- Fruit cake
- Karachi biscuits
- Ice cream
- As a garnish over Mango Shake, vanilla icecream.
- In Fruit Cream, custard etc.
How To Make Tutti Fruiti From Watermelon Rind
- After eating the red flesh of this juicy fruit, we are left with rind which comprises of two colours, green and white. Green is the hard part whereas the white one is soft. We need this white part only. So, remove the green part and chop this white part in pieces. Hope you remember not to cut it into very small pieces. Wash this in freshwater.
- Then we boil these pieces till they soften up a little. After about 10 minutes of boiling, instead of rinsing and taking freshwater to make sugar syrup, we use the same water only. This is because, unlike raw papaya, watermelon rind is sweet and the water in which these are boiled is perfect to be used for making sugar syrup.
- So, once the watermelon pieces have softened up a little, add Boora sugar and continue cooking for 10 more minutes. Boora sugar is powdered cane (a type of unrefined sugar in powdered form) and is not just powdered sugar as many people think it to be. If you can’t get of Boora sugar then use any other type of sugar or maybe stevia. Avoid brown sugar as it will affect the colour of Tooti Fruiti.
- If you are wondering as to why not add sugar in the beginning only so this is because, sugar hampers cooking process and also if cooked for so long then it will thicken up too much and may turn into a 4 or 5 thread consistency sugar syrup
- By the time, these are boiling, you prepare beet and spinach purees. Put peeled and chopped beetroot in the grinder along with very little water. Grind it and then pass it through a strainer. Beet juice is ready.
- Similarly, grind washed and roughly chopped spinach and strain it. Avoid adding water unless very necessary.
- And now, when the watermelon rind pieces have turned translucent then turn off the flame. Divide these in 3 bowls and add natural colours, namely beet puree, spinach puree and turmeric powder. The colours may not look good at this stage and if you try tasting it then you will not like it at all. But don’t worry. Leave it overnight. It is left overnight so that pieces absorb the sugar syrup as well as the colour added to them fully.
- In the morning or after 6 to 8 hours, put them in a strainer first, so that excess syrup is drained. And lastly, spread these on a kitchen towel and let them dry completely. This may take one or two days depending upon the weather. Avoid drying in sunlight to avoid discolouration.
- Yes! a lot of steps! But all easy, isn’t it?
Detailed Method Of Making Tutti Fruiti At Home With Step By Step Pics
- Chop the white part of watermelon rind into small pieces.
- Boil these in water for 10 minutes. Avoid using more water as we will be making sugar syrup using this water only. Like for 3 cups Tutti Fruiti, I used just one and quarter cup water. This is just for an idea that use as little water as possible.
- Once pieces have softened up a little, add Boora sugar and continue cooking for another 10 minutes till the pieces turn translucent.
- Turn off the flame and divide these into 2 or 3 bowls depending upon of how many colours you want to make it.
- Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of beet puree in one, spinach puree in the second and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder in the third bowl.
- Cover it and let it remain like this for 6 hours or overnight so that sweetness and colours are absorbed fully.
- Put these in the strainer to get rid of excess water.
- Dry these on a kitchen towel under the fan.
- Once completely dry, fill these in airtight containers and better to keep in the refrigerator.
- Use as required.
Recipe Card Of Homemade Tutti Fruiti
(Measurements are just to give you an idea. This post is more about the method rather than the recipe, so use any quantity as you may like)
My Cup Measures 240 ml
- 3 Cups Chopped Watermelon Rind (The White Part Only)
- 1.5 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Boora Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Beet Puree
- 1 Tbsp Spinach Puree
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Chop the white part of watermelon rind into small pieces.
Boil these in water for 10 minutes. Avoid using more water as we will be making sugar syrup using this water only. Like for 3 cups Tutti Fruiti, I used just one and quarter cup water. This is just for an idea that use as little water as possible.
Once pieces have softened up a little, add Boora sugar and continue cooking for another 10 minutes till the pieces turn translucent.
Turn off the flame and divide these into 2 or 3 bowls depending upon of how many colours you want to make it. You may add vanilla essence at this stage, if willing to. Though, I didnt add.
Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of beet puree in one, spinach puree in the second and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder in the third bowl.
Cover it and let it remain like this for 6 hours or overnight so that sweetness and colours are absorbed fully.
Put these in the strainer to get rid of excess water.
Dry these on a kitchen towel under the fan.
Once completely dry, fill these in airtight containers and better to keep in the refrigerator.
Use as required.
- I have used Boora Sugar and that too in very little quantity. You may use sweetener of your choice and may increase its quantity depending upon your taste.
- After straining the beet and spinach you may use the leftover in the strainer while kneading flour or making your pancake batter.
- Instead of beet, turmeric etc, you may use food colours.
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