Cantaloupe. Thats Jamhannu/Banaspathri in Kannada and Chibbad in Konkani. It is seasonal like most fruits, grown in cool places and available in plenty in places like Bangalore and Mysore. These days it is available here in Manipal though not of a very good quality. We normally add a little sugar to it and mix it with other fruits like the Banana, Pappaya or Chikoo. We also mix it with coconut milk and jaggery which would be little different in taste yet yummy for sure. People in Bangalore add a few pieces in Panak (Sharbath) during Ramnavami when it is served as prasadam.
What you need to have:
1. Chopped Cantaloop -2 cups
2. Chopped Banana – 1 cup
3. Milk – 1 and 1/2 cup
4. Sugar – As per taste
5. Cardamom powder – 1 Teaspoon
6. Beaten Rice – 2 Tablespoons
Fresh Cantaloop Fruit
Chopped Cantaloop pieces
Ingredients of the dish
What you do with what you have:
1.Wash, peal and chop cantaloop into pieces and keep it aside as shown in image 2. Peal and chop ripe cavendish bananas as well.
2. Run half the quantity of chopped cantaloop in the mixer without adding water so that it gets properly mixed up when done.
3. Transfer the crushed cantaloop from mixer bowl to a serving bowl. Add the left over cantaloop pices and the chopped Banana pieces from step 1 to it. Add milk, sugar and cardamom powder to it. Wash beaten rice in water , squeeze out the water and mix it to the dish.
Ready to serve Cantaloop in sweet milk