Watermelon is a summer time favorite around my house. I love to serve up watermelon treats during the summer. Sometimes just a watermelon all by itself or other times I like to whip up something extra tasty. I make fruit salads, salsas, and desserts. Other times, just cold popsicles. Watermelon is by far, one of the most powerful, body-healing fruits out there! The amazing health benefits of watermelon cover everything from your brain all the way to the cells in your feet. Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy. It contains only 46 calories per cup, but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.
Here’s delicious and easy to cook recipes for summer with watermelons… This watermelon recipes is another delicious way to enjoy summer watermelon!!!! So let’s get started for Watermelon Treat!!
(A) Watermelon Salsa
The watermelon salsa is so fun when served in bowls made up of watermelon!! It’s easy to make and delicious….
1 personal size watermelon (1 cup of diced watermelon and the watermelon bowl, needed for recipe)
1 finely chopped cucumbers
1 finely chopped (kacchi keri)
½ finely chopped onion
1 cup promegranate
1 cup finely chopped peppers (any combination of green, orange, yellow or red )
Jaljira powder or Chat masla for taste
2 tbsp lemon juice
Cut the personal size watermelon in half, cut slices in the watermelon and scoop the slices out. Hollow out the watermelon so that it can be used as a bowl. Dice enough watermelon to measure one cup. Save the remaining watermelon for another use.
Drain the watermelon juice out of the cup, put the diced watermelon in a bowl and add the onion, cucumbers, peppers, lemon juice and Jaljira for taste.
Mix everything together and taste salsa. Add Jalira and additional lemon juice, if needed. Drain any excess liquid from the bowl and then scoop the salsa into the hollowed out watermelon half.
Serve the watermelon salsa directly from the watermelon bowl.
Tip: Don’t throw away excess liquid of watermelon, use that water to make watermelon pani puri… If you guys want to know how to prepare it let me know…
Yyyuuummmmyy!!! Summer Watermelon Bhel… Do try it…
(B) Watermelon Green Tea
We Indians just love having tea and coffee all day round. But, in summers its really very difficult to have our favourite elaichi tea, masala chai or brewing coffee. Warm days call for a sweet and refreshing drink and unfortunately most cocktail-inspired beverages contain little more than empty calories Here, I have came up with something different, this Watermelon Green Tea Refresher is made from unsweetened green tea, fresh, ripe watermelon and a splash of lemon or lime juice so it’s thirst-quenching and full of summery goodness without all that sugar!
1 1/2 cups green tea, brewed and chilled
4 cups watermelon, cubed and seeded, chilled
1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (use lime if you’d prefer)
Some lemon slices for garnish (or lime, if you’d prefer)
A few hours in advance (or even the day before), steep a green tea bag in
some freshly boiled water. Set it aside to cool to room temperature and
then stick it in the fridge to chill (adding a few ice cubes always
Once your green tea is chilled, add 1 1/2 cups of it to your blender. Add the chilled watermelon cubes and lemon juice.
Blend on high speed for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until the mixture is completely blended.
Pour into glasses and serve with a slice of lemon!
Tip: If you’re serving this delicious mocktail to friends it looks great in mason jars with a cute straw.
(C) Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
We all love to have ice creams during summer… but fear to put on those extra kilos… Now, no need to worry about putting those extra kilos… Want to know how? Read the recipe below…
3 cup Watermelon cut in cubes
2 Kiwis peeled and cut in cubes
18-24 Raisins (optional)
Honey for extra sweetness (optional)
Blend watermelon and kiwi separately until liquefied.
Pour watermelon juice in popsicle molds or small paper cups about 2/3 full.
Add 3 or 4 raisins to simulate seeds (optional).
Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to firm.
Pour kiwi juice in popsicle molds or small paper cups to fill.
(D) Watermelon Lemonade
Lemonade is everyone’s favourite and age old recipe. I have given a little twist to it. This is amazing refreshing drink for summers… with tangy taste.. do try it ..
For lemonade you”ll need: (double this recipe to make the 12 cups you will need)
1 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3/4 to 1 cup Honey or Sugar. (You can add more or less depending on how you like it!)
6 cups water
Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. If using honey, boil water and add honey and mix it.
Add in the fresh squeezed lemon juice and pour into a heatproof glass pitcher.
Refrigerate until cold.
For Watermelon Lemonade you’ll need :
12 cups lemonade
5 cups watermelon juice
Cut chunks of watermelon and blend until almost liquid.
Pour 5 cups watermelon juice in the drink dispenser with 12 cups of lemonade.
Add slices of watermelon and lemons and top with ice.
Tip: Serve the yummy drink in 24oz plastic cups with lids (perfect for outdoor summer parties) and jumbo straws so you can sip up watermelon chunks.
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