Back home during summer, my dear mil is very fond of getting “Chiabbad” ,the musk melon.Of which we make this soothing dessert called the harshale.Traditionally the harshale is made of the fruit cut into tiny pieces and mixed with jaggery and coconut milk,but the way my MIL does and which is the way my family prefers is the use of Sugar and Milk in place of jaggery and coconut milk respectively,for a more healthier and easier version.
Though here we do get musk melon,I decided to try this with Honey dew melon which is of the same genre as the musk melon,There fore carries the same characteristic aroma as the regular musk melon.Also the very interesting fact is that the honey dew melon being the sweetest of the family of melon ,does not need the sugar additive unless one has a strong Sweet tooth ;-).
- Honey dew melon
- cardamom powder.
Please not I am not giving any measurements for this as it is totally upto you how u want to handle the sweetness and liquid amount.I got a very juicy melon from the store,there fore it could not hold much milk and being sweet as is I didnot put much sugar either.
I used little more than 1/2 of the melon,which I deseeded,skinned and chopped into small pieces.To which I added about 3tsp of sugar and 1/4 cup of milk.Refrigerated this till it was time to have it.When it was time to eat,filled every serving cup half full with this milk and poured 1/4 cup milk into it and garnished with cardmom powder.