I had almost given up on participating in the AFAM event this month. Its because i dont like watermelon- period. And thats putting it mildly. But then Nupur of OneHotStove left me a comment on one of my posts. And what she said struck a cord in me - It just takes one delicious recipe to turn a veggie-hater into a veggie lover. Thus i started on a journey of discovery in search of a recipe that would make me love watermelon. I kept browsing through different recipes on the internet, trying them out, tweaking them a little to suit my taste until i had the ultimate recipe. I started out trying one recipe from the National Watermelon Oraganisation called Watermelon Smoothie (in my opinion, it tasted like watermelon lassi) when it occured to me that lemon juice, some Indian herbs and spices would blend in smoothly with the watermelon while still retaining its taste. And thus was discovered a very refreshing drink.
This recipe is very healthy since it doesnt require either salt or sugar.
This drink can be served as an appetiser or beverage before or after meal or simply as a cooler.
Serves 2 (Makes 2 cups)
2 cups watermelon
1 inch piece ginger
6-7 mint leaves
1/2 tsp cumin powder
Jaljeera powder to taste (optional)
1. Finely chop the ginger and mint leaves and put them through a blender with the watermelon chunks.
2. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into the watermelon juice, add cumin and jaljeera powder.
3. Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.
This will be my entry to AFAM: Watermelon at Jai and Bee's of Jugalbandhi
P.S.- Yes and now i do like watermelon. I would be willing to give any watermelon recipe a try from now on. Its as good a start as any. Now, wouldnt you agree?