So, I received my much awaited MAITRI mystery ingredient yesterday!! Heather from GIRLICHEF had ,as she presents on her blog, put together the package so beautifully that it put up a smile on my face as I opened it. There was a pretty pink letter along with the mystery ingredient and also a spicy mango snack for me to enjoy and I just loved it!!!
My mystery ingredient was something I had never used for any recipe prior to this, so I was dying to find out what it was. I knew it was some kind of a flower and it took me a bit of googling and her clue to refer to her site to find out what it actually was! And it was dried Hibiscus flowers!
Dried Hibiscus is a delicacy in Mexico and often candied or used to garnish. I have also heard about the very famous hibiscus tea which can be taken hot or cold. They have a lot of medicinal properties which meant very good for health and that thrilled me. I have tried here to make a desert with the same and I call it the Hibiscus /Banana sorbet -as you can guess it is a fusion of hibiscus sorbet and banana sorbet.
What I used to make the sorbet :
1 large Banana
1 handful of dried hibisuc flowers
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
How to make the Sorbet :
->Boil water in a small saucepan.
-> Add the dried hibiscus flowers and remove from heat. Close the saucepan and let it stand for 15 minutes
-> Filter the hibiscus water and keep aside.
-> In a food processor, combine banana and sugar and puree until smooth.
-> Transfer the puree to an aluminium container and add the hibiscus water.Mix well, close with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hrs.
-> Serve the sorbet plain or with your choice of fruits or even vanilla ice cream .
Makes a nice treat for a hot summer afternoon and thanks to Heather for letting me discover this!
Also thanks to Reshmi an Priya for MAITRI .Looking forward to spread the joy :) .
PS: Will update the Weight Watchers points for this desert soon. :)
Also Submitting this to Kurinji's Healthy Summer Event :