Watermelon and Ginger Sharbat

Indian and Moroccan sharbats are distantly related to the sherbets which are familiar to Westerners. They were introduced by the Moghul emperors who invaded India over the North West Frontier in the 16th century. You can buy ginger puree in supermarkets, but if you can't find it, just peel fresh ginger root and puree in a food processor with a little water or lemon juice, then freeze in small quantities for future use. 

 Watermelon and Ginger Sharbat


Quantity Ingredients
1 watermelon
1 tsp fresh ginger
water and sugar (optional)
1 cup crushed ice


1. Cut the watermelon into wedges, remove and discard the rind and seeds. Blend the flesh in a food processor with the ginger. Add water if the mixture is too thick. 2. Taste and add sugar if needed. Serve over crushed ice. 

Source: Smoothies and other blended drinks by Elsa Petersen-Schepelern, Ryland, Peters & Small, 1997.