Saturday, 24 July 2010

Tomato and Salted Plum Granita

Recently hubby and I went to a Japanese restaurant that serves an awesome array of sashimi and sushi. At the end of the meal, we were served with granita as dessert. The flavour was interesting, and I knew that it's made of ingredients that I'm familiar with, but I just couldn't figure out what went into the granita. It took me a few nights of tossing and turning in bed, recalling the flavour over and over again, and I finally realised that it's made of tomato and salted plum!

I bought some tomatoes and a pack of dried plums the next day and try to make my own granita. I experimented by slowing adding the amount needed for each ingredient until I get the right combination. Here's the recipe, give it a try and I hope you will like it too!

Tomato and Salted Plum Granita Recipe

Ingredients:
8 salted plum
4-5 tomatoes
500ml water
3 teaspoons sugar (add more if you want your granita sweeter)


Method:
1) Cook salted plums, sugar and water for about 20 minutes. Turn off heat, discard the salted plum and leave to cool.
2) In the mean time, roughly chop the tomatoes.
3) Put the tomatoes and salted plum syrup into a blender. Blend to a pulp.
4) Pour the mixture into a shallow container. Freeze for two hours, or until partially frozen. Remove from freezer, use a fork to break the frozen pieces into smaller pieces and mix well into the liquid.
5) Continue to freeze. Stir the mixture every 30 minutes until there's no liquid left in the mixture.
6) To serve, scrape shavings off from the frozen block of granita with a spoon. Serve immediately.

7 Comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a unique granita! A very unusual combination. Deicious I'm sure.

Cheers,

Rosa

Y said...

Love it! It sounds so incredibly refreshing. I love the flavour of salted plum. Really must try this some day.. maybe when the weather isn't so cold!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Hi! I was at Tastespotting and your granita immediately caught my attention. Not just the gorgeous colour but the combo of tomato and sour plum! That's an interesting combo. Must try! Thanks for the recipe.

Stardust said...

Woah... you 神 ah you! I believe you that it must be a keeper for summer! =D

ovenhaven said...

I would've never thought of such a combination, but it certainly sounds refreshing!

karmologyclinic said...

Interesting recipe! Where I live there are not salted plums (I didn't even knew they existed). Do you think I could use natural dried plums and add some salt to the mixture?

Anh said...

Absolutely stunning. This combo is so new to me. I’d try. But like Y, I will wait until the weather is a bit less cold