Half a small watermelon

4 garlic cloves

1 pinch turmeric powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp hot chili powder


1 lemon

1 pinch sugar


Peel the watermelon and cut the flesh into bite-sized cubes. In a mortar grind together coriander seeds, salt, turmeric and chili. Add the crushed garlic and a cup of watermelon cubes to the spices. Mash everything to a pulp. Fry the cumin seeds in a little oil in a deep frying pan. Wait until they start to smoke before moving on to the next step. Pour the watermelon-spice mixture into the frying pan. Reduce heat and let it thicken a bit, 3-5 minutes. Taste and add a bit of sugar if needed. Watermelon look very sweet but they are not. Add the watermelon cubes to the sauce. Cook for 3-4 minutes, gently tossing the watermelon cubes until each is fully coated with sauce. Season with a little lemon juice.


Serve as a side dish or as a light and refreshing evening meal with rice or naans.