We are already on day 5 today. As usual, Ramadan seems to be flying in full speed. The summer is at its best – really hot and humid at times making the time spend in the kitchen very uncomfortable. I haven’t been frying anything off late, just the fruits and the dinner, nothing more. Alhamdulillah, so far it’s been good and hoping that it gets better. The kids and I am really excited that my parents and my sister will be joining us soon by end of this month, InShaAllah… 🙂
This is a hardly a recipe I am posting today. Just another way of having your watermelon! I thought this was the way done in my house, especially with B – he loves to scoop out from a big bowl and have it this way rather than bite into a big slice of watermelon. I seriously don’t understand the difference… seriously… 😕 But I was surprised when I saw watermelon being served this way in a family friend’s house for Iftar a few years ago. This is when I realized that maybe B must have got this idea from his friend’s house and since he loved it, he came and insisted umma makes it for him. 😀 Umma would make it with a happy face, but once it became my turn, I would just grumble while making and tell him, “You have teeth, why don’t you bite and eat?” 😉 Yeah, sibling rivalry doesn’t cease till your grave, I suppose. 😀 Unlike the fruit chaat, the kids do love having their watermelon this way as well so if they see B is having his share, they would immediately complain, “Ummi, why only for maamanu?” Mostly, I have seen it being made plain with only sugar to taste, but I love to add some lime juice and even a dash of rosewater for flavor and aroma. Do try it if you need your watermelon to look different on your table…
Bathakka Edichathu ~ Mashed Watermelon
- 1/4 of a large watermelon chopped
- 2 tbsp sugar
- A squeeze of lime juice
- A dash of rosewater optional
- 3-4 mint leaves minced
- Put the watermelon into a large bowl. Mash up with a potato masher roughly. We need some bites to remain and some juice.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Serve in glasses topped with mint leaves and a spoon! Scoop and enjoy.