Recently updated on July 26th, 2020
Lychee Granita|Lychee Sorbet, a frozen dessert, made with just 3 ingredients, gives you instant respite from the heat and even the ordinary air from the fan turns into a gush of a cool breeze.
In this vegan and fireless recipe, neither sugar is added nor Lychee juice is extracted. It is as good as eating whole seedless Lychee.
If you tried my easy MANGO SORBET recipe then this one is just like that, but unlike MANGO SORBET, even honey is not added to this Lychee sorbet.
Icy cool lychee granita with bite-size pieces of lychee is a dessert of its own kind. A spoonful of this granita gives you the taste of lychee juice with tiny pieces of lychee to chew at the same time. There are no ice crystals. All you have is some juice and some pieces.
This cool dessert gives you instant respite from the heat and even the ordinary air from the fan turns into a gush of a cool breeze.
By the way, just a second! How do you write lychee? Litchi or lychee or lytchi? Asked just like that, out of curiosity, nothing else :)-
Lychee And Summers
I look forward to summers because of the delectable fruits it brings along with it. After mangoes, Lychee is perhaps the second next fruit I enjoy whole-heartedly. Juicy-fleshy Lychee is my next favourite after mangoes. Had it not required peeling, I don’t know how much had I eaten at one go.
The only problem with this fruit is that… any guesses before I come up with my problem with it? Well, what I don’t like about it is that it is available for a very short period of time, maximum a month. Imagine, more than 6 summery months and lychee is there only for a month! Really unfair!
So, whatever little time I have, I try to make full use of it by eating as much Lychee as I can.
And this time I tried making Lychee Granita and loved that too.
Apart from mangoes, lychee and watermelon, I have tried desserts with almost all other fruits too. One of the other easy peasy dessert is CHERRY COBBLER. The name, as well as looks of this dessert, are highly conflicting with the recipe. Whosoever has tried it has agreed that its a very easy recipe. You try it too before cherries are out of sight.
What is Granita?
Now, some of you might be wondering as to what exactly Granita is?
Well, Granita, Sorbet, Gelato, Sherbet etc, all are cousins belonging to the same family. They have distinct features which give them their respective name but all these are fruit-based frozen desserts only.
Granita, originating from Italy is a semi-frozen dessert made from fresh fruit and water. It is blended, frozen and then scraped with a fork and then frozen again. Once frozen, it tastes like fruit ice, meaning as if you are eating a fruit-only but in a frozen state. No dairy product involved in making a granita. There is no fixed form of it and even in Italy, it is found in different forms at different places.
It can be made with any fruit whatsoever, be it mango or watermelon or grapes or any other. I have made it earlier with watermelon too.
Lychee Granita Or Sorbet
Having liked my MANGO SORBET and WATERMELON SLUSH, I thought of trying Lychee sorbet too. I was not comfortable in taking out Lychee juice and then freezing it, and probably that is the reason I did not try it all these years. And then suddenly, I got to see an altogether different way of making Litchi sorbet here and it immediately appealed to me.
So, taking the idea I made it my way and just loved it. But after I made it, it was not at all smooth or creamy. Rather, it was icy and flaky just like ice shavings. And it looked more like Granita instead of sorbet. Thus, I gave it the name, Lychee Granita.
So, call it Lychee Sorbet or Lychee Granita but it is no way Lychee ice cream!
Yes, if you are interested in making Lychee slush then you can make it with Lychee juice and freeze it partially, just like in WATERMELON SLUSH.
Sorbet Vs Granita
I have already discussed with you that these two forms of cold desserts vary from each other in my earlier posts, but still a recap for those who missed out that.
Sorbet and Granita are closely related in the sense that both are made using the same set of ingredients. Means, suppose you started making sorbet and later you change your mind and want to have Granita, then it is easily possible. And vice-versa too. How? This is because difference lies in their texture. Sorbet is smooth and creamy. On the other hand, Granita is rough and flaky. While freezing, the layers are scraped repeatedly and thus resemble more like ice flakes.
Lychee Granita Without Sugar
Some fruits are best enjoyed the way they are! All of you will agree with me that nature has made this fruit overly sweet. Your hands get sticky with its juice as if you dipped them in a sugar solution. Then, is there any need of adding extra sugar to it? Won’t this already ultra-sweet fruit become sweet beyond the limit and lose all its taste?
So, I just do not add sugar of any kind, be it honey or stevia.
How To Store Lychee In Freezer For Winters
Yes, with this recipe you can store lychees in your freezer and enjoy it when they vanish from the market. After peeling and deseeding lychees, first, freeze them by laying in a plate such that they are slightly apart from each other. Once frozen, put them in a ziplock bag and freeze it. The reason for first placing in the plate is that this way they will not clump to each other.
How To make Lychee Granita?
The only time-consuming thing in making Lychee granita or sorbet is peeling the lychee. Yes, it is the only pain some task. So, peel as many lychees as you want! And after peeling, deseed also, as we want only its pulp.
If you are peeling these in front of other family members then be prepared! Because then half the peeled lychees will be robbed by them only ;)-
Okay, so once you have the deseeded lychees ready with you then just lay them in a tray or plate. Try not to crowd these by putting one on top of the other. Squeeze little lemon juice over all the laid lychees. And then freeze it.
After a few hours once frozen, then take out and pop these directly in the food processor. Blitz the processor for 2 to 3 minutes or until frozen lychees are crushed and turns to flaky ice. it won’t get very smooth. now, you may serve it as it is or return to the freezer in an airtight container. Let it freeze again.
Take out , try to scoop out balls if you can, as it will be flaky and disintegrate. But that’s what it will be like. Sprinkle some mint leaves and that’s it! Do not skip mint, as it lends a very aromatic twist to this sweet sorbet.
Serve this Lychee Granita with love and only love.
Though this is an easy recipe but let’s have a quick look at the step by step pics too.
Lychee Granita Recipe With Step By Step Pics
Take out lychee pulp and keep it n a plate.
- Squeeze lemon juice all over it. Doesn’t matter whether you mix it or not. Lemon juice lends a slightly tanginess to the otherwise sweet lychees.
- Put this in the freezer until frozen.
- At this stage, you can put it in a ziplock bag and return to freezer to enjoy later when the season of lychees has gone. Remains good for up to 4 months.
- Or, take out and process it in the food processor. Use the chopping blade. In a short while, it will be like snow. Isn’t it?
- In the absence of a food processor, use the blender. But then wait for a few minutes before blending. Also, use the PULSE function or blitz it in spurts.
- Put this mixture in an airtight container and return to the freezer for a few hours or till set fully. Close the lid to avoid crystal formation in the freezer.
- Scoop out, sprinkle some mint leaves.
- Serve with love.
Variations In Granita
- You can make Granita with any fruit following the above method only.
- Mango Granita: Following the recipe of MANGO SORBET, once it is frozen, then instead of scooping out, scratch it multiple times using a fork and keep collecting in serving bowls. Your mango granita would be ready.
Here’s the Recipe of Lychee Granita
A guilt-free frozen dessert made with lychees.
- 500 g Lychees
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- Few Mint Sprigs
Take out lychee pulp and keep it n a plate.
Squeeze lemon juice all over it. Doesn't matter whether you mix it or not. Lemon juice lends a slightly tanginess to the otherwise sweet lychees.
Put this in the freezer until frozen.
At this stage, you can put it in a ziplock bag and return to freezer to enjoy later when the season of lychees has gone. Remains good for up to 4 months.
Or, take out and process it in the food processor. In a short while, it will be like snow.
Put this mixture in an airtight container and return to the freezer for a few hours or till set fully.
Scoop out, sprinkle some mint leaves.
Serve with love.
I hope you have liked this recipe for Lychee Granita and will surely try it out for your loved ones. I will be happy if you share your creations on Instagram and tag me #samirasrecidiary there.
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