Don’t Throw Away Watermelon Peel, You Can Make Tasty Watermelon Rind Dishes

Did you know that watermelon rind that we usually throw away can be cooked? Here are some watermelon rind recipes for you.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: May 25, 2020 08:40 IST
Don’t Throw Away Watermelon Peel, You Can Make Tasty Watermelon Rind Dishes

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Eating a sweet and fleshy watermelon on a summer day is the ultimate pleasure. This fruit may now be available throughout the year but it is incomparable to the joy and taste that you get on a hot day. It takes only a couple of minutes to finish a watermelon but what about the rind? Do you throw away the watermelon peel? If you are a believer of sustainable eating then we can help you in utilizing watermelon rinds to make some unconventional and tasty dishes like watermelon chutney and watermelon pudding. These are super easy to make with high nutritional value and unmatchable taste. Without further ado, read this article and try out these lip-smacking recipes.

Watermelon Chutney

Give a break to regular coriander chutney and try this watermelon chutney recipe.

Ingredients Required

  • Watermelon rind (puree)
  • Mustard seeds
  • Cumin
  • Fennel seeds
  • Dry red chili
  • Oil
  • Ginger (chopped)
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • Regular white salt
  • Black salt
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar

Watermelon Chutney Recipe

  • In a pan, heat some oil and add dey red chilli.
  • Now add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Saute them.
  • Add finely chopped ginger and saute it for a minute.
  • Now add Kashmiri red chilli powder to the spices and then pour the watermelon peel puree. Stir it.
  • Sprinkle salt, black salt and sugar as per your taste.
  • Cook for 5 minutes and then add vinegar.
  • Stir it continuously until the water dries up.
  • Your watermelon chutney is ready.
  • Store it in a jar in the refrigerator.

Watermelon Sabzi

The next delicacy is we have watermelon sabzi. We all get bored of the same old vegetables and curries. Let us try this watermelon rind curry recipe.

You need:

  • Watermelon rind(diced)
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Chipped garlic
  • Chopped ginger
  • Green chillies
  • Dry red chilli
  • Chilli powder
  • Mustard seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cumin
  • Amchur powder or chaat masala
  • Turmeric powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Asafoetida or Heeng
  • Oil
  • Salt

Watermelon Rind Curry

  • In a pan, heat some oil and add dry red chilli to it.
  • Now add cumin, mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  • Add onions, garlic and ginger. Cook them for 2 minutes.
  • Now add all the dry spices as turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and salt.
  • Add the diced watermelon rind and cover the pan with a lid. Cook it for 15 minutes.
  • Add chaat masala.
  • Check if the rind is completely cooked and your watermelon sabzi is ready.
  • You can garnish it with fresh coriander leaves if you want and serve.

Watermelon Halwa

Since watermelon rind is tasteless, you can make both sweet and savory dishes out of it. Here is the watermelon halwa recipe.

You Need

  • Watermelon Rind
  • Semolina or Sooji
  • Gram flour or besan
  • Milk
  • Ghee
  • Sugar
  • Cardamom powder
  • Nutmeg Powder
  • Chopped nuts

Watermelon Halwa Recipe

  • Peel the green layer of the rind and chop the hard white parts.
  • Grind them to form a thick paste.
  • In a pan, heat some ghee and add semolina and gram flour to it. Roast them.
  • Now, add the puree of watermelon rind and cook it on low flame for about 10 minutes.
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and mix.
  • Now slowly add milk to it. Keep on stirring.
  • Take out halwa in a plate and garnish with chopped nuts.

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