Showing posts with label Muskmelon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Muskmelon. Show all posts

August 11, 2014

Kharbuja rasayana recipe - Cantaloupe rasayana recipe

muskmelon dessert
Kharbuja  rasayana recipe - Kharbuja rasayana is a delicious all season dessert, commonly made in Karnataka. Muskmelon in combination with  coconut milk make this dish an extremely pleasing dessert when sweetened with jaggery and induced with cardamom flavor. Traditionally, coconut paste is used to make the rasayana. But somehow, we like to have it in coconut milk rather than coconut paste.

Muskmelon, mango, banana and mashmelon (chibud) are most popular fruits to prepare this dessert. Muskmelon and chibud belong to the same melon family. Both have soft flesh with distinctive melon flavor. This kharbuja rasayana is alternative to chibud rasayana. I don't get chibud here. Chibuds are extensively cultivated in coastal parts of India. Both kharbuj and chibud are delicious fruits having a property for keeping the stomach cool.

In this dish, jaggery and coconut milk are team players. They both goes great in combination with muskmelon. The beaten rice ( poha)  is  immersed in the sweetened coconut milk to give a unique taste and texture to the rasayana. Then muskmelon pieces are added and induced with cardamom flavor. Even you can grind half of the muskmelon in a  mixer before adding it to the coconut milk. I make this rasayana specially on warm days.

To prepare a delectable rasayana, make sure to buy an oval shaped luscious muskmelon which has a distinctive  characteristic taste. There are many versions of traditional rasyana. All versions are so tasty. Rasayana prepared in combination with muskmelon and banana, mango and banana, muskmelon and mango are such a great dish to serve.  Serve this delicious rasayana as a dessert. It can be eaten as it is. It also goes well with pooris. Either way, this dish is fantastic.

Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 0 minutes
Yiled- serves 2

  • 1 cup muskmelon pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup jaggery
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1/4 cup beaten rice / poha


1.  Cut the muskmelon and remove the seeds. Peel and chop them into small pieces. Keep the chopped muskmelon in the refrigerator  for about an hour.
chopping muskmelon - preparing kharbuja rasayana

2.  Grind the grated fresh coconut with 1/2 cup drinking water to a very smooth paste. Pour the paste in a stainless steel strainer and extract thick coconut milk.
extract coconut milk - preparing kharbuja rasayana recipe

3.  Add the jaggery in the coconut milk and dissolve it with a spoon.  
jaggery added - preparing kharbuja rasayana

4.  Then add the poha and  immerse it. 
poha added - preparing kharbuja rasayana

5.  Mix well with a spoon.
poha mixed - preparing kharbuja rasayana

6.  Add the chilled muskmelon pieces. Add the cardamom powder. Slightly mash the muskmelon pieces with a spoon and mix gently.  Serve the kharbuja rasayana chilled. It can be eaten as it is. Rasayana  goes well with pooris.
musk-melonrasayana in a bowl

August 9, 2014

Kharbuja juice recipe - Muskmelon juice - Cantaloupe juice

muskmelon juice in serving glasses
Kharbuja juice  recipe - Chilled  muskmelon juice with a splatter of lime is the perfect refreshing drink to enjoy on a hot summer day. On hot summer days, we generally experience the feeling of dehydration and thirst due to over sweating . Musk melon juice prevents these problems. It cools the stomach and comforts the throat. Though its raining here, the atmosphere is still warm and I felt like having some sumptuous fruit juice. Therefore, I thought of muskmelon which is readily available.

Fruits are an essential part of our daily diet. They are really good to provide the required amount of vitamins and minerals. Muskmelons are low in calories, so weight watchers may eat this fruit regularly. It is  rich sources of dietary fibers and helpful in soothing the acidity and also keeps the stomach cool. Muskmelon has an abundant supply of potassium which helps to control blood pressure. It is a good source of antioxidants. It contains an excellent amount of  beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin A and C.

I have added lemon juice and sugar to the juice. Both are required to add an extra  taste to the juice. Well ripened muskmelon is more sweeter than the unripened melon. When you buy the muskmelon, make sure to buy  the  heavy weighing, oval shaped light golden colour  muskmelon. They have more succulent flesh and sweeter taste as compared to round musk melon which is less sweet. You can also make fresh fruit juice with watermelon, mango, strawberry, litchi, green grapes and black grapes. Besides the juice, muskmelon can be used for the preparation of delicious dessert like rasayana, kheer and payasa .

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time - 0 minutes
Serves 2

  • 2 cups  chopped muskmelon / kharbuj
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 lemon


1.  Keep the muskmelon in the refrigerator  for about 2 hours. Cut the muskmelon in half and remove the seeds.
cut the muskmelon-preparing kharbuja juice recipe

2.  Cut them into small pieces.
cut he muskmelon into long lieces - making kharbuja juice recipe

3.  Peel and cut the muskmelon into cubes
peel and cut muskmelon-making kharbuja juice recipe

4.  Put the muskmelon cubes, a cup of  drinking water and sugar into the mixer jar  and blend it to a smooth juice.sugar. Squeeze a lime in it and whip it once.
blending muskelon-making muskmelon juice

5.   Pour this kharbuja juice in the serving glass and serve chilled.
pour in a glass and serve - making muskmelon juice