Rich, fruity and deliciously spicy, watermelon rind chutney is the perfect condiment to serve with a cheeseboard, a curry or as the secret flavor maker in your favorite sandwich.
It's incredible easy to make... just follow my step-by-step instructions at the bottom of the page. Read on for some top tips on how to master this wonderful fruit chutney recipe.
Looking for ideas for the watermelon flesh? Try out this tasty Watermelon Salad Without Feta.
While you'll love this watermelon chutney recipe
- Fruity, rich and subtly spiced, with a depth of flavor that takes the breath away
- It's a great way to use up leftover watermelon rind
- A very simple, easy to follow chutney recipe
- Adaptable – you can easily tweak it to your tastes
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How to make this recipe
Keep stirring the chutney throughout the cooking process. You'll achieve a delicious taste and texture, and prevent the chutney from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
What to pair with watermelon rind chutney
It's perfect with curry – meat, vegetarian or fish based curries – and is especially delicious with mature cheeses.
Variations to this recipe
Add 1 finely chopped green chili or increase the amount of red chilli flakes for a spicier version.
Add 1 peeled and chopped apple or pear along with the watermelon rind for a fruity twist.
This delicious South East Asian bean is often used in curries and chutneys. If you can find it, you can add a tablespoon to your chutney.
If watermelon rind is not available, you can substitute with cucumber or green papaya.
Apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar can be used as alternatives.
Dried cranberries or chopped dates can be substituted for raisins.
- Follow the recipe below with precision and you'll end up with the perfect taste and texture.
- Always sterilize your chutney storage jars before spooning your chutney in.
- Be patient. Chutney needs time for the flavors to fully mature.
Are watermelon rinds edible?
The green peel of a watermelon is completely edible. However, as it's a bit tough, people usually throw it in the bin. When cooked in a chutney, you get the wonderful flavor from the watermelon peel.
What flavor is watermelon rind?
It's crunchy and mildly refreshing, with a vegetable fruit crossover taste that makes you think of cucumber. If you've ever tasted jicama – the root vegetable that's native to Mexico – it actually tastes quite a lot like watermelon rind.
Is this chutney gluten free?
Yes, this watermelon rind chutney is 100% gluten free.
Is this chutney hot?
Not particularly. It contains half a teaspoon of mild chili flakes, together with various other spices, so the heat level is mild to medium.
However, it's perfectly adaptable, meaning you can always add more chili powder or fresh chili if you like it hot.
Why is my chutney too thin?
If your chutney is on the thin side, chances are you either didn't quite follow the correct measurements, or you didn't allow it enough cooking time. Keep it on the heat until it thickens to the desired consistency.
How do I know when it's done?
It will be lovely and silky smooth, with a thick texture. The way to check for doneness is to draw a channel in the chutney with a wooden spoon. If it takes a few seconds for the vinegar to run back into the channel, it’s ready.
If the vinegar seeps into the channel straight away, it needs more time. Put the pot back on the heat and give it a few more minutes.
How do I store watermelon rind chutney?
In a sterilized container in a cool dry place. Once opened, watermelon chutney will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
More amazing chutney recipes
Are you on the lookout for new fruit chutneys, Indian chutneys and spicy chutneys? These homemade recipes are great way to add a whole different dimension to your favorite foods. So, pick your favorite and get cooking!
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- Papaya chutney – papayas are an underused fruit with plenty of flavor. It’s an excellent ingredient when used to make a chutney, which makes this recipe well worth making
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