Watermelon Rind Halwa | Tarbooj Tokku Halwa

>>  Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I love watermelon and forward for the season to set in. Years back the season starts during March or little later. But off late you can see the fruits by February itself. There is a street near our home, where people sell these in huge piles on both sides of the road. It's almost like you literally ride through a watermelon field. Daddy, whenever we pass that street, calls it the melon street, a tribute to the Milan City.

When the season is on, you won't find anybody eating anything else. The roads will be full with people on their way back home, and whatever they do, standing on the roadside carts, eating those smartly chopped slices. And during such seasons, Athamma starts thinking what new dish she can make with those watermelon. Of course, she did that spice powder with the seeds. She wanted to make something with the rind. She once made a curry with it, unfortunately she didn't remember the ingredients that went in and I have just the picture.

Anyway coming to this recipe, she saved up those rinds when we ate the red fleshy part. Finally when she had enough, she made this halwa. Halwa is something we make quite often with various ingredients. I have about Halwa Recipes. And I so glad to add another to the list.

Ingredients Needed:

Watermelon rind - 1 cup
Watermelon juice - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 2
Cashew powder - 2 tsp
Cardamom a pinch

Method to prepare:

Make watermelon juice with the red flesh.

Grind watermelon rind using very little water.

Heat a pan with ghee and fry cashew powder. When it gets done in couple of minutes, add the watermelon rind paste, roast well for couple of minutes in high flame. Keep stirring well.

Once the paste is cooked well, add the sugar and stir everything together. Then add the water melon juice and bring it to boil. When it starts to thicken and leaving the sides, reduce the flame and simmer for 5 minutes. Make sure you stir the halwa well.

The halwa is done when you see that glossy look on the top.

Notes: I did not use the hard outer green skin, I scooped all the white portion almost digging into the green part, leaving out just the outer green skin.

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Champa May 11, 2011 at 7:35 AM  

Your write up brought me memories of my secunderabad stay. There used to be tons and tons of watermelon. Nice dish.

Usha May 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM  

Your athamma is very creative.. I never heard of watermelon thokku halwa.. Looks delicious!

Now Serving May 11, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

using the rind is a novel idea! looks great!

vaishali sabnani May 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

i wud have never ever dreamt of such a lovely innovative halwa!!...a must try with this wonderful fruit!!

Reshmi Mahesh May 11, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

This is a innovative idea...halwa looks awesome..

harini-jaya May 11, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

The older generation used to recycle without actually knowing it :)
Hats off to her creativity.
Would love to try it out the next time I have watermelon on hand!

aipi May 11, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

That is indeed a new dish for me, love the idea :)
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Aarthi May 11, 2011 at 9:08 AM  

Watemelon Halwa..Sounds really different...But it looks so good...Using the rind also is a good idea because i have heard that rind has lot of minerals in it..thanks for sharing..

Mom Chef May 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

a great way to use up the rind as well ! and the halwa looks cool too :-) only my waist wouldnt agree ! :-)

Andy May 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM  

Did u really make it with that green stuff we throw into the dustbin...really not kidding? Amazing!!

Raji May 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

Very innovative halwa...wonderful way of utilising the rind which otherwise gets discarded.

Kurinji May 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM  

Really gr8 idea and mouthwatering halwa.
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Prathima Rao May 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

Such a new & interesting dish!!!
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Chandrani Banerjee May 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

Nice innovative halwa. Halwa looks delicious.

Vardhini May 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

Halwa looks delicious..


Priya May 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

Droolworthy halwa, marvellous and super delicious..

divya May 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

This is a innovative idea...halwa looks awesome..

Sunanda May 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM  

This recipe is absolutely new to me.. looks delicious..

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Krithi's Kitchen May 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

Loved the idea of sweet dish using watermelon rind! good one!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal May 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM  

Wow, that is so very new and innovative, love the idea and halwa looks super delicious too :)

Apu May 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

Looks delicious!!

Saji May 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

looks awesome

Jayashree May 11, 2011 at 9:22 PM  

The halwas looks wonderful, Valli. Never knew the rind could be turned into something so nice looking.

veena krishnakumar May 11, 2011 at 9:46 PM  

wow!!!! looks so delicious. this is new to me. will try

Suma Gandlur May 12, 2011 at 12:26 AM  

Best out of waste, I guess. BTW, do you guys know about the dosas made with these rinds?

SravsCulinaryConcepts May 12, 2011 at 12:55 AM  

wonderful and very innovative halwa !!

Saras May 12, 2011 at 7:28 AM  

Looks delicious & very new to me..

Cool Lassi(e) May 12, 2011 at 7:50 PM  

This is so creative! What a droll-worthy halwa! Awesome color as well.

goofy6 May 20, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

I tried this halwa and it tastes great and is so easy to make!!! Only thing is, you've not indicated when to add the sugar, I added it just before the watermellon juice and it turned out fine. Just wanted to know if that was appropriate!!!


Srivalli May 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

goofy6 Thanks for the feedback. Yes that's when you add so that the paste is well cooked and then sugar gets incorporated. I have updated the post..thanks for letting me know...:)

Thank you everybody, Athamma was glad to hear your comments

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