Monday, September 25, 2017

Watermelon rind curry

My sister once told me about watermelon rind curry. She told me that, one of her friends told her that, watermelon rind can be used as a vegetable, and the curry can be tasty. Her friend learned that recipe from her mother-in-law. It is long chain, huh? Anyway, when I went to stay with my sister, she wanted to cook that curry specially for me. However,the watermelon she bought had rind of orange rind like thickness. So, she couldn’t make that curry for me. After coming back from there, one day, while I was cutting watermelon, I got very thick rind from that very watermelon. I promptly called my sister  for the recipe. She told me, but I didn’t have prawn in my refrigerator. She suggested me replacing prawn with soy nuggets. You can you use prawn or ground chicken, or soy nuggets. If you want to use soy nuggets, you can get them any Indian store. 
Anyway, here is the recipe.

Watermelon rind (I used half of the rind, from a small watermelon)
One and half cup prawn or ground chicken (Or one cup soy nuggets soaked in hot salted water)
One inch cinnamon stick
Two-three clove
Two-three green cardamom
One small onion
One small tomato
Two tsp. ginger-garlic paste
One tsp. garam masala(you can get it any Indian store, or you can mix cinnamon powder, clove powder, green cardamom powder, and nutmeg powder)
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric powder
Two-three tbsp. of oil
Chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing

rind the green part of the watermelon rind. Cut them into small cube. Finely chop onion, and tomato. Marinate chicken or prawns with salt and turmeric powder. Heat oil in a wok in medium. Fry the prawns or the chicken pieces. Take out the prawn or chicken, keep them aside. Heat two tbsp. of oil in another pan. Keep the temperature in medium. Add clove, cardamoms, and cinnamon stick. When the fine aroma starts coming, add onion. Fry the onion in medium heat, covering the pan, stirring occasionally. When oil starts oozing out, add ginger garlic paste. Slightly sauté, and add tomato. Fry the tomato until mushy ,covering the pan. Add the watermelon rind cube. Mix well, and let it cook. The watermelon rind is watery. So, you don’t need to add water, unless it starts sticking at the bottom of the pan. Add salt, and turmeric, and cook, covering the pan. Stir the curry, occasionally. When the rind becomes tender, add prawn or chicken. If you need, add one or two cups of water. Cook the curry until the desired consistency reaches. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.Serve hot with steaming rice.


Nancy Chan said...

I have never tasted this curry before. Sounds very interesting and I wondered how it tasted like.

Annie's Journal said...

We eat a lot of watermelon in Bulgaria to cope with the summer heat. This fruit is very cheap too. We never waste the rind. It's a treat for our chickens and we also cook it for ourselves...simple stir fry or as pickles. It's nice that you share your curry recipe for this. I will remember to try that for next year when watermelon comes into season once again:)

Carolina G. Ticala said...

Looks Good! Thanks for sharing! 😋😋😋

mamasmercantile said...

It looks delicious. I have never come across this before, so most interesting.

Rafa Oliveira said...

Great recipe.

Beauty Unearthly said...

Looks delicious!!! Thank you for recipe :-)

Linda Starr said...

how unusual I might have to try this, dh doesn't eat watermelon so I might have to use the actual watermelon for something else

Prims By The Water said...

Interesting. We always put our rinds in the compost. On the farm, the chickens got them. Janice

shwet said...

I heard about this but never tried, i will try this.

rita said...

Wow dear, thank you for sharing!

Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

That is a fun recipe!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this looks like a tasty recipe. I would have never thought to use the watermelon rind. Thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Beauty Editer said...

Nice post! Have a great day.

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Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Krishna, that is an interesting dish and sounds good. Thank you for your visit and I hope you start to cool down..Happy Wednesday..Judy

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

these are magnificent.
Greetings from Poland.

Sandi said...

This sounds so good! I had no idea you could eat the rind.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Dear Krishna,
Your recipe looks delicious! I have never used watermelon rind, but I've seen recipes for pickling it, too. I love all the spices in your recipe. Thank you for sharing. xx Karen

NanaDiana said...

I have never heard of anything like this, Krishna. It really sounds interesting. You use lots of spices, etc. when you cook and I really like that. I did not know the rind was edible at all.
Thanks for popping into my blog and leaving a comment. You're a sweetie. xo Diana

martinealison said...


Je ne connaissais absolument pas. Je suis certaine que cela doit être délicieux.
Merci pour le partage.

Gros bisous ��

Regina said...

I would never have thought to use watermelon rind this way. I want to try it but there is no way my family would eat it. That is unless I ban them from the kitchen while I make it. Now that's an idea!

Carolina G. Ticala said...


Cynthia said...

I've had watermelon rind pickles but never a savory dish with them. We eat a lot of melons in the summer. I just might try it.

Cynthia said...

I've had watermelon rind pickles but never a savory dish with them. We eat a lot of melons in the summer. I just might try it.

R's Rue said...

Never had it.

Luana said...

it seems delicious!

Guria do Século Passado


Aww... never seen this recipe with the watermelon rind and it sure sounds great!
Thank you for your sweet visit, you made my day!

Julie said...

Thanks for the wonderful recipes you share with us all Krishna ... I would love to give this a try when watermelons are in season over here. Usually I always think of watermelon as a sweet dish, not a spicy one. Thanks for your visit to my blog also ... hope you have a great week Krishna. Julie Xx

Reckless diary by Anya Dryagina said...

Wow!!! that's an interesting recipe!
Have a happy Sunday!

Cielo said...

Great post! That looks amazing! :)

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Kathy Leonia said...

i am hungry now;)

rita said...

Nice post, dear.

I have add a tranlator :)

Have a good day

Prunella Pepperpot said...

What a great use of rind that would otherwise be thrown away! Looks delicious!
Have a wonderful week :)

white and vintage said...

This looks so yummy.
Nice greetings,

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