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Ruby Red Watermelon Curry

Ruby Red Watermelon Curry

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  • Author: Prathima Rao
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4


A slight twist to a classic Rajasthani curry, that is bright and attractive on first glance, sweet to taste from the fruit with warm undertones from the whole spices.


  • Watermelon – 1
  • Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 small piece
  • Cloves – 2-3
  • Green cardamom – 2
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder (haldi) – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Juice of half lime

To serve

  • plain rice, saffron rice


  1. Cut watermelon into quarters. Cube and deseed the red portion. Puree half of the cubes.
  2. In a pan heat ghee, add mustard, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves. Let mustard start to splutter. Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for 5 seconds.
  3. Add the pureed watermelon and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add in the chilli powder, turmeric, salt. Continue to simmer for 3 to 4 mins. May add a tbsp or two of water if needed.
  5. Lastly add in the watermelon cubes, garam masala powder, stir for a minute. Add lime juice and remove from heat.
  6. Serve hot with saffron rice, coriander flavoured rice or just some plain hot rice.


Choose bright red, sweet watermelon for more depth, flavour and color. Do not substitute oil in place of ghee. Ghee gives the curry a more rich taste.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Side
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