Watermelon Curry

by | May 15, 2020 | Gluten Free, Mains, Nut Free, Recipes, Soups & Stews

Photo by Hannah Burne

A watermelon curry? Wait, what?! This is not a typo, but rather a lovely surprise for your taste buds – a traditional dish from the state of Rajasthan, and a great conversation starter. Get your family or friends to try and guess what the main ingredient of this dish is!


Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Serves: 4

Nut free Gluten free


  • 7 cups watermelon cubes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tea sea salt
  • A pinch of cayenne


Place 2 cups of watermelon cubes in a blender and process into a sauce.

Heat a medium saucepan and add the oil. Sear garlic, coriander, cumin, and mustard seeds on medium heat for 3 minutes.

Add watermelon sauce, paprika, chilli powder, and turmeric. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add 5 cups of watermelon cubes, lime juice, sugar, and salt. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.

Serve over rice.


Pairs wonderfully with a dollop of Raita or Cashew Yogurt.


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