Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WaterMelon Rind Curry

 WaterMelon  Rind is used here to prepare the curry. Curry is one the side dish and we can prepare different types of curries. Normally the fruit part of water melon is eaten and the rest part is thrown out.It is said that water melon's inner part is also should be consumed and it is full of nutritious and filled with good qualities. 
I have used toor dal, black channa and spices to prepare this curry. Watermelon curry goes well with plain rice, chapatis, rotis, dosas and almost all main dishes.
No onion or garlic is used in Watermelon Rind Curry.
Lets see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Moong Daal :1/4 cup
Water Melon  Rind : 2 to 3 cups.
Sambar powder or Rasam powder : 2 to 3 teaspoons
Tamarind Pulp : 1 Table spoon
Salt : to taste
Coconut : 2 to 3 Table spoons( Fresh and grated ).
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Oil : 1Teaspoon
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urd Daal :1/2/ tea spoon
Ingh : 1 pinch
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6 leaves.

 Method :

1. Wash and pressure cook moong dal and black channa. (better to soak channa at least 4 to 5 hours before cooking). .
2. Wash watermelon rind nicely, remove the top green part slowly and cut it into small pieces. (Pressure cook along with moong dal).
3. Grate coconut and grind it with little jeera. Use very little water to grind it.
4. Soak tamarind (a small marble size) in hot water.  Squeeze out the pulp and keep the pulp aside.
5. Now keep a big pan on the fire. Heat and put mustard seeds, jeera and 4 to 5 grains of methi seeds. Let the mustard seeds splutter.
6. Add curry leaves and ingh. Add cooked dal and cooked water melon pieces.  Add a  pinch of turmeric and sambar/rasam powder. Mix it well and let it cook for 2 minutes.
7. Add salt and ground coconut mixture. Mix it nicely and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Shift the ready curry to a serving dish. Add cut coriander leaves and serve with main dish.
8. Add a spoon of ghee when the curry is hot.

Note : 

You should use pressure cooker to cook watermelon rind. (The pieces turn hard after cooking it. (It is better to pressure cooker).
You can also use a pinch of garam masala to give a good aroma and adds to the taste. Adding ghee to the sambar is optional. Using more or less jaggery is optional. You can cook this curry with out black channa . Adding different types of beans is optional.
To get fresh rasam powder, fry  1/4 Teaspoon of methi seeds, coriander seeds, red chilly and add jeera. Fry nicely . Dry grind it in the mixi jar and allow it to cool.
Time :Cooking time :30  minutes +  soaking time 4 to 5 hours.
Serves : 3 to 4 .


  1. Hi...
    Thanks for the recipe will try it when Ibuy watermelon please add other recipes to try with watermelon rind....

    Will youplease post some cooling recipes for summer...

    Thank You...

  2. Hello Visku...
    your interest of trying out recipes will surely boost my interest on writing on what I try and surely, with the traditional touch..is better and healthy....