Friday 21 September 2012

Watermelon Rinds Kootu / Watermelon Rinds Sabzi

Water melon has a whitish fleshy layer right below the skin i.e., between the red sweet fleshy part and the hard green outer skin. This fleshy white portion is known as the rind, tastes a bit like cucumber and can be used for making stir-fry, curries and side-dishes. It is less sweet than the fleshy red portion of the watermelon, but has the watermelon flavor and when cooked gives a nice flavor. Here I have made a mild spicy side-dish using these watermelon rinds and coconut milk. It goes well as sides with rice accompanied with spicy gravies or curries. My preparation is not much spicy, you can make it spicier if you wish, also you can replace coconut milk with water to make this kootu. It will taste great and if you are a lover of watermelon flavor you will love this too.

To know how to chop the watermelon rinds click here!! 


Makes sides for 2 people
Total Preparation Time - 30 to 35 minutes
  1. Chopped Watermelon Rinds - 250 grams or 1 big cup full (To know how to chop watermelon rinds click here)
  2. Big onion - 1 medium sized (Mine weighed 65 grams)
  3. Curry leaves - Few
  4. Coconut milk - 100 ml (or) Water - 100 ml 
  5. Red chilli powder - 1/4 spoon (2 grams) 
  6. Pepper powder - 1/4 spoon (2 grams)
  7. Turmeric powder - Few pinches 
  8. Cumin seeds - 1/4 spoon (2 grams)
  9. Mustard seeds - Few (2 grams)
  10. Skinned whole black gram - Few (2 grams) 
  11. Salt - As per taste (2 grams)
  12. Oil - 3 spoons 


  • Heat a pan add oil and after it heats up add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add skinned black gram and saute. 
  • Then add cumin seeds and curry leaves saute for few seconds.
  • Now add chopped onions and saute until the raw smell leaves and seems translucent. 
  • Then add salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder and saute well for few minutes. 
  • Now add the chopped water melon rinds and stir well for few minutes. 
  • Then add coconut milk or water and stir well. Close the pan with a lid and let it cook well for 20 minutes on low flame or else it will get burnt. 
  • Open the pan and cook until the water content reduces. 
  • Remove from flame and serve. 

TIP 1: The watermelon rinds will take some time to get soft and cooked but it will still have a crisp nature even after it has got cooked well. 

TIP 2: If you need to prepare this kootu in few minutes, then pressure cook the chopped watermelon rinds for 10 minutes along with a 1/4 cup of water and little salt. Then use it to make this kootu. 

TIP 3: You can also make it look white by avoiding the addition of turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Instead of red chilli powder you can use chopped or slit  green chilly. 

Delicious and mildly spiced Watermelon Rinds Kootu is now ready!! Goes well as side-dish with rice accompanied with spicy gravies and curries!!

Click here to check out how to chop watermelon rinds!!
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  1. Lovely subji Divs, i have never tried this totally new to me... you always do something innovative :) love it and nice step-by-step pics

    Cook like Priya

  2. first time..never heard..looking good

    1. Thanks Preethi :) Do try it sometime you will love it!!

  3. wow very useful...I'll try....very nice pictures step by step...

  4. oh dear i never knew we can make a dish with watermelon rinds

    this is totally new dish for me

    looks a lot like sabzi my in laws make and i forgot the name of that fruit

    Today's recipe

    dudhi with chana dal

    1. Thanks Meenu.. try using these rinds next time Meenu :)

  5. I made halwa, dosa, chutney, paniyaram with rinds. I never made subji. Looks yummy.

    1. Wow I know you really make interesting recipes...Thanks Shailaja :)

  6. Very new innovative kootu your recipes...

    1. Thank you so much dear :) Glad to know you like my recipes :)

  7. Love this healthy kootu,looks inviting dear!!

  8. nice use of rinds lookingdelicious

  9. wow..i never heard about making subzi with watermelon rinds...good one Divya..

  10. Wat an innovative recipe dear sooper

  11. I love your style of posting step by step pictures..

  12. wow very innovative recipe...looks so tempting

  13. Spicy yummy kootu...Loved the clicks...

  14. Very innovative and interesting recipe Divya. Very new to me, will try it. Sabji looks really inviting dear.

    Today's recipe:

  15. Intresting dish .Sabji looks delicious

  16. Watermelon rind amazing never know can do kootu with it...

  17. wow Divya! What an effort for the picturization. looks delicious and new to me

  18. a new healthy subzee..will try next time..

  19. Thanks a lot for sharing this step by step method of the subzi. Looks very delicious and comforting.

  20. Nice and delicious..never tried adding coconut milk in this curry..will try next time:)

    1. Thank you so much Anjana ji :) Yeah do try it you will love its creamy flavor!

    2. Innovaive n interestinggggg....
      Love the step by step presentation


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