Watermelon is all the rage these days. Okay, it’s all the rage every summer. But what about the watermelon rind? Not only is it edible, it’s delicious when prepared properly. I think of the watermelon rind as more of a vegetable than a fruit. It’s dense and mild in flavor, unlike the fruit’s sweet and watery red flesh. And, as I mentioned in my watermelon rind curry recipe, research shows that the rind is rich in nutrients. Today, I’m sharing a recipe for watermelon rind chutney, a sweet and spicy condiment that you’ll love putting on top of everything.
This recipe is made using 5 cups of watermelon rind, though you can easily make more or less of this recipe according to how much rind you’ve got. Just make sure to remove the thin tough green skin. You only want the light green/white/pinkish rind for this chutney. This picture is from my rind curry recipe – for this chutney I cut my rind into smaller cubes than what you see here:
This chutney is simple and I made it using my slow cooker but you can also make this on the stove if you want. It’s made with a small handful of ingredients, including coconut sugar and apple cider vinegar. For heat, I used a serrano pepper – be sure to use less than you think you can handle. The rind soaks up flavor really well – and can easily become too spicy. My husband loves spicy food, so for him “too spicy” isn’t a real thing. For me, it is.
Use this chutney on top of everything. I’ve had it with fish, on top of a burger and served alongside an Indian meal.
- Put all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours.
- Spoon the chutney into mason jars along with the remaining sauce/juice.
- Store in refrigerator for a few weeks.
This chutney will improve in flavor in 1-2 days.
I've also made this using a grater attachment (just discard the remaining water) and it has turned out really well.