Mango Ginger Granita

4 Jul

Another one of the desserts we attempted  to serve at the Italian Dinner at the Yoga Center recently was a Granita…

 The granita name might transport you to Italy, but we have our own versions all the same.   In Puerto Rico we grew up eating “limbers” and “piraguas”. Limbers are basically sweetened and frozen juice and you eat it directly from the small plastic cup in which you freeze it in. Piraguas on the other hand is the traditional shaved ice with flavored syrup on top served on a paper or plastic cone. In essence, granitas are a hybrid of these two local Puerto Rican treats.

I use the help of my trusty food processor to help with the shaving… I am just too anxious to shave the ice by hand. Technology exists for a purpose… let’s take full advantage of it, no??



3 cups mango nectar
1 cup water
½ cup raw turbinado or brown sugar
3-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  1. We make the ginger simple syrup first… just bring the water, ginger pieces and sugar to a boil in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves completely. Let the ginger steep in the simple syrup while the liquid cools off.
  2. When the simple syrup has come to room temperature, strain the ginger pieces. Mix together the ginger simple syrup and the mango nectar in a glass 9 x 11 container.
  3. Place in the freezer for about 6-8 hours for it to fully harden.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, remove the frozen mango juice mixture from freezer and using a sharp tool, pry it away from the mold and break it off into pieces you can fit into your food processor. Pulse a few times and process until you have a slushy.

Serve in individual cups and enjoy.

If you’d like a more pronounced ginger flavor, I suggest you peel the ginger before steeping it in the simple syrup and do not strain the ginger pieces before mixing in the mango nectar. This way, you can process the frozen ginger pieces together with the rest of the frozen juice and you’ll get a very interesting prominent ginger flavor.


12 Responses to “Mango Ginger Granita”

  1. Cristina-Una colombiana en California July 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Que delicia! Se ve tan refrescante. Ya me imagine sentada en mi patio, saboreandolo y disfrutando este manjar. Gracias por la receta.
    Saludos desde California!

  2. Jeannette Quiñones-Cantore July 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    que rica se ve! y para estos calores insoportables que están haciendo no viene nada mal una granita, aunque debo mencionarte que se parece un poco a nuestra piragua, Mmm! pero esta es mas rica porque es de frutas naturales…

    • KarmaFree Cooking July 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      LOL!!! Jeanette, esto es como una piragua hecha en casa. pero más fácil porque usas el food processor para triturar el hielo. Nada de tener que raspar hielo a mano. no, no, no!!!! Madelyn.

  3. Cool Chill mom July 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Wow! Totalmente impresionada que delicia!!!

  4. Karina Fernández July 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    El mango me fascina. Esta receta se ve super deliciosa. Perfecta para la temporada.

  5. Alejandra July 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Delicioso. Me encanta el mango en todas sus variedades. Una nueva manera para prepararlo.

  6. Notas de Mamá July 24, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    Qué delicia! cae perfecto con este calor! Y muy fácil de preparar

  7. Helena July 24, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Que rico se ve! Y refrescante para estos calores. Yum

  8. Lennie July 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Se ve muy refrescante.

  9. Naturalmente Mamá (@NaturalmentMama) July 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    mmm.. se ve riquisimo!, la verdad que me llama bastante la atención la combinación de mango con jenjibre..

  10. Mayra July 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Me encanta la combinacion del mango con el jenjibre….debe saber riquísimo y picantito.

  11. Comiendo en LA July 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Se ve super refrescante! Ideal para el verano.

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