Watermelon the summer coolent has started showing up at every nook and corner of the city now and we are eating it regularly to beat the heat.But are we only using the inner red part of the fruit ?? Are we throwing away the entire rind of it ???…STOP…this thrown away thing is full of lycopene and beta-carotene which is very essential to maintain our eye health.So from now start jucing up your watermelon along with the rind.Also try this simple curry recipe made of rind.
Watermelon Rind : 250-300gm [ rind of a 2kg watermelon]
Onion : 1[finally chopped]
Ginger : 1/4tsp[finally chopped]
Garlic : 6-7pods[finally chopped]
Green Chillies : 2-4[finally chopped]
Tomatoes : 2 medium[finally chopped]
Cumin Seeds : 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida : a pinch
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder : 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/4 tsp [as per taste]
Salt : 1 tsp
Mustard Oil : 1tbsp
Thinly peel the rind and take the dark green portion off.This portion is very hard and takes too much time to cook.Chop the peeled rind into 1/2 inch pieces.
Heat a wok. Put mustard oil in it and heat.Add asafoetida and cumin seeds.Add garlic and let it cook.Once the the garlic is half done add onions and cook till it becomes golden brown.Add tomatoes, red chilli powder and salt. After 1-2 min add remaining powder spices and ginger.Cook till this mix starts leaving the sides of wok.
Add rind pieces . Mix them well with masala.Cover it with a lid. Cook it up for 15-20 min
.The rind will cook in its own water.Still if you want a little extra curry u can add a cup of water.
Serve hot with chapaties.