For the third day, I will share with you a recipe which is quite popular in Madurai. You can see this at every nook and corner. Street carts with sliced watermelons also have a large vessel in the side with crushed watermelon. And they make a delicious sherbet with it. Nannarai syrup is a sugar syrup flavoured with nannari/ sarsaparilla roots. This is what we used to drink during our child hood days. Whenever we went outing, my granny used to buy nannari sherbet. Just for the sake of the sherbet, I used to bear all those walk in the sun. Now with watermelon we get an improvised cool drink on the streets.
I bought two wedges of watermelon and made this sherbet for Sruti with one wedge and enjoyed the other myself.. The heat has become intolerable and I am craving for something cool daily. What better way to satisfy the cravings than watermelon. Unfortunately I couldn’t drink the sherbet but Sruti loved it to the core. I made it during her school days and when she came home exhausted, I served this and she was more than happy. The lemon is added to cut down the sweetness of syrup and it works amazingly. If you love sabja seeds, please add some after soaking it overnight in water. As I didn’t have it soaked, I skipped adding it.
Watermelon – a small wedge, cubed
Nannari Syrup – 3-4 tbs
Lemon – 1
Water – as needed
In a bowl take three to four cubes of watermelon and crush them with the back of a ladle. I used my pestle.
Pour the crushed watermelon in a tall serving glass.
Top it with syrup and lemon juice.
Add ice cubes and water and give a nice stir with a spoon.
Serve it immediately.