RECIPE Ever combined watermelon with prawn? Try making this soup, it tastes good, hot or chilled
W atermelon is believed to have originated in South Africa, though they were first cultivated in Egypt. Watermelon is a good source of potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and B6, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin C, lycopene, antioxidants, and dietary fibre. Now, for a recipe.
Asian Watermelon and Prawn Soup
Preparation time: 1 hr (2-3 hours if serving chilled)
Coarsely chopped, seeded watermelon: 1 kg
Olive oil: 20 ml
Finely chopped onions: 40 gm
Finely chopped garlic: 5 gm
Finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger: 20 gm
Fresh lemongrass stalk: 1
Small green chilli, finely chopped: 1
Fresh lime juice: 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chopped fresh coriander leaves: 50 gm
Prawns (shell removed, cleaned and boiled): 200 gm
Lemon (cut into wedges for garnish): 1
Method: Puree the watermelon in a blender till it becomes smooth and transfer it to a bowl. Slice the lemongrass stalk and then cut it finely. Place a saucepan over moderate heat, add oil. Then add the lemongrass, onion, ginger and garlic, stirring till they turn golden. Add about one-third of the watermelon purée and simmer over moderate heat, stirring constantly for about five minutes.
Remove from heat, and then blend along with chilli, lime juice, and salt. Strain the soup. Add the remaining watermelon puree and heat it for a minute, stirring gently. Add the prawns.
Serve hot along with the lemon wedge as a garnish. It can also be enjoyed as a cold soup. Refrigerate for about an hour and serve chilled.