Paloodeh: A Persian Sweet Cantaloupe Smoothie

This is a refreshing and nutritious drink made with ripe and sweet cantaloupes and is a superb thirst quencher. Cantaloupes are great especially when served in the morning for breakfast. It is also wonderful to set up a beautiful tray of sliced cantaloupe and honey dew along with watermelon during scorching hot summer days or any other day of the year while they are in season. In our home, like the homes of most Iranians, having fresh vegetables and fruits on a daily basis is a must and cantaloupe is one of the fruits/vegetables that we buy in large quantities when available.

Paloodeh, not to be confused with faloodeh (Persian  frozen dessert), is made with pureed cantaloupe, sugar, water, and an optional rose water served chilled.


Serves 4

4 cups of pureed cantaloupes
1 cup of cold water or crushed ice
2-3 tablespoons sugar (depending on your taste, increase or reduce the amount of sugar), honey or any other sweetener may also be used instead of sugar
2 tablespoons rose water *optional
Lime/lemon rind *optional

  1. Wash and clean the cantaloupes, cut them in halves, remove the seeds, peel the skin off and cut into small pieces. 
  2. Place the pieces of cantaloupe into a blender, add sugar, water and rose water. Cover and blend until smooth. It would be nice to leave some little pieces in to give it some texture. 
  3. Pour into a pitcher and chill for an hour or two. 
Serve chilled or with crushed ice.



  1. Paloodeh sounds perfect for the last of our summer days. I'm not normally a fan of cantaloupe, but as a drink, it sounds so intriguing.

  2. I love cantaloupe melons.
    The plate underneath the smoothie glass is so cute!

  3. We love all kinds of smoothies and would love this delicious smoothie with cantaloupe!

  4. My roommate and I just accidentally got a cantaloupe from our grocery order! This seems like the perfect way to use it.

  5. Good source of Vitamin A & C, antioxidants rich and good tasting! Thanks for the idea. Nice variation on my standby strawberry banana!

  6. Neil, thank you for stopping by and enjoy the last of your warm summer days!
    Maninas, thank you and the cute plate is from Iran!
    5 Star Foodie, thank you so much!
    Joanne, sounds great!
    Chow and Chatter,thanks!
    e2dietitian, thanks for the info and for visiting!

  7. Lovely and refreshing recipe, beautifully presented as always!

  8. So refreshing! I love the addition of rosewater...



  9. Azita jan, it is just the sort of thing we need during these grey, cold months up North. a burst of colour. love it. as always, x, shayma

  10. Peanutts, Thank you.
    Benobird, You are too kind, as always.
    Roas, I love the addition of rose water too.
    Shayma jan,Thank you. I'm SO ready for Spring!x

  11. Thanks for sharing this recipe, its not often you see a smoothie with a Persian twist to it.

  12. Beautiful photo and wonderful dessert!