This week, we had some lovely guests over for lunch. Part of the 'online to real life friends' category, they, like us, are food lovers. And so, we had an assortment of dishes ready for them when they arrived.
There was idiyappam (string hoppers) and prawn curry, biryani, chicken curry and stew besides a bunch of the regular accompaniments. One of those accompaniments was something I had never had at home before. It was a lovely spicy watermelon salad.
(P.S. For those of you who want to know the benefits of eating watermelon, look no further than Helen Nicols well researched article in Well-Being Secrets -  "Health Benefits of Watermelon")

Spicy Watermelon Salad

Sure, we have all had some variations of watermelon salad but this was awesome on so many levels.

Hot yet cold.
The blend of chillies and onions gave a mildly hot touch that surprised the tongue used to the sweet watermelon taste. And yet, keeping it in the fridge till the end gave it a lovely cool feel.

Oil free.   

Easy peasy.
You are done making it in barely 5 minutes. 

Extremely delicious.
For all its simplicity, this was an absolutely brilliant dish and was appreciated by all at the table.

Spicy Watermelon Salad

Ingredients :

  • Watermelon -1 small
  • Lime juice - 4 tablespoons 
  • Green chillies - 2, chopped
  • Onion - 1 small,  minced 
  • Mint leaf - quarter cup, minced
  • Sugar - 2 teaspoon 
  • Salt - as required. 

Spicy Watermelon Salad

Recipe : 

  • Scoop small cubes of the watermelon and place it in your salad bowl.
  • Mix lime juice, green chillies,  onion and mint leaves together well and add to the watermelon. 
  • Add sugar and required salt. Mix well. 
  • Cool in fridge and take out just before serving.  
Spicy Watermelon Salad

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Expect to see the odd food recipe like this at Godyears too - all prepared by my mother - from recipes she has collected as far back as the 1980's - with some unique to Kerala cuisine and some variations of international dishes. 
Since the goal is to share, I will be looking to make all the recipes into easy downloadable single images as well so that you can save them on to your mobile/device and use them offline. Of course, if you do try them out, it would be awesome if you gave me (and her) feedback here on what you thought of the dish.

For the list of all the recipes so far (including seafood, egg dishes, sweets, twists on traditional dishes et al), click here:
For more food posts,  you can just check out the Category on Godyears labeled "Foodgasm" here.


Pooja Mahimkar said…
This seems so yumm
tulika singh said…
Looks fresh and delicious and easy to get done too.
Vinodini Iyer said…
Yummy! I love watermelon. This looks great. 😃
Vinodini Iyer said…
Yummy! I love watermelon. This looks great. 😃
Rajlakshmi said…
If it wasn't so cold here I would have made this today. Watermelons are my favorite and this recipe adds so much more to it's awesomeness :D
Shilpa Gupte said…
Now that sounds yummy and easy, real easy to make..for some one as lazy as will be an ideal dish for a spicy evening! :)
Anita Jeyan said…
I was just wondering how spicy can watermelon be? (like once when my son said he dint want to eat the banana because it was spicy :-/) But this recipe looks delicious!
I am definitely gonna try this!
It was lovely... and easy to make.
It is extremely fresh. Oil free.
Then you will love this.. a twist on the classic.
haha.. then wait a bit and do try this out. trust me... you will like this change from the normal watermelon taste.
very easy to make... perfect for us lazy ones :)
Spiciness depends on amount of chilly you add in... you can make it a single chilly if you want. But do add atleast one for the taste.
anindya said…
When are you calling me brother ?. Not a fan of salads but will try this out
Sarah Zama said…
I have never tried anything like this, but now I'm so curious to try it. Nearly the right season for watermellons here in Italy ^_^
Tina Basu said…
I am a big fan of watermelon salad. You can add bits of feta cheese for added texture and bit of saltiness.
Your recipes are pretty unique! I guess it’s time I tried a few:)
Yumm this is so fresh. I love the hit of chillies with the cool watermelon. I usually make a salad with feta and watermelon this is a new twist.
Thanks for sharing
Geethica Mehra said…
Hey, I never thought of having watermelon in this way. I love chilies and onions as much as I love watermelon. The combination of all these would be quite interesting.
What a delicious and easy salad recipe.Its sweet and spicy .Perfect
Bushra said…
I've never tried watermelon this way. Easy and delicious way to eat watermelon. Try soon