Summers are around the corner and it’s the time for cold coffees, smoothies, and granitas. Hubby dearest got a watermelon last weekend and I wasn’t sure if it would be nice and ripe at all as it’s still slightly ahead of the season. But the watermelon was so sweet that I couldn’t resist making a granita. Since this can be made and stored for a few days, it makes a perfectly refreshing summer treat. I have been going back to my freezer for a few spoonfuls each day until I finished it last night.

If you love granita recipes, then don’t forget to check out these other refreshing options:

  1. Aam Panna Granita
  2. Jamun Granita


  1. Watermelon – 3 cups, diced
  2. Sugar – 1/3 cup, or less
  3. Red chilli powder or cayenne pepper – 2 pinch
  4. Lemon juice – 3-4 tablespoons
  5. Mint leaves – for garnish


  1. Take a seedless watermelon and cut the red portion into chunks.
  2. If you can’t get a seedless variety, take the regular one but cut into smaller chunks and remove as many black seeds as you can.
  3. Adjust the sugar quantity as per the sweetness of the watermelon. Since my watermelon was very sweet, I had to add slightly lesser than 1/3 cup.
  4. Add sugar and lemon juice in a blender and add the watermelon chunks in small portions and grind until it becomes a smooth liquid.
  5. Strain the liquid into a baking tray.
  6. Finish blitzing all the watermelon and pour all the liquid in the tray.
  7. Add 2 pinches of red chilli powder and mix well.
  8. Place the tray in a freezer and allow it to chill for 3 hours.
  9. Take a fork and slightly scratch the frozen chunks. Don’t dissolve the entire frozen bit.
  10. Leave in the freezer for another 3 hours and repeat the process. The mixture will be slightly more frozen this time.
  11. Keep the mix in for 2-3 more hours and then it’s ready.
  12. Scratch the frozen granita with a fork and add it to your serve ware.
  13. Garnish the Watermelon Granita with mint leaves and serve chilled.
Refreshing Watermelon Granita