July 3, 2007


Watermelon Crumble and Watermelon Cooler
are my entries to Maheshwari's "A fruit a month" event which is hosted by Bee from "Jugalbandi" blog this month with "Watermelon" as a fruit of choice. Thanks for hosting Bee!:)


The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon are favorite summer fruit for most of us.David Livingstone,, an explorer of Africa, described watermelon as abundant in the Kalahari Desert, where it is believed to have originated.Until the 1940s, however, it was hard to find watermelons in good condition at grocery stores.Then Charles Fredric Andrus, a horticulturist at the USDA Vegetable Breeding Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, set out to produce a disease-resistant and wilt-resistant watermelon.A one-cup serving of watermelon will provide around 48 calories. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A. More info at Wikipedia.

I have just returned from a long but fun vacation and still "recovering" from it!;D
As soon as I came back I was thinking of Watermelon for this event and quickly managed to make a chilled Watermelon breakfast drizzled with tangy yogurt and sprinkled with crunchy sweetish Oats crumble and whipped up a yummy ,easy Watermelon cooler too. Enjoy and I will see you all in your blogs as soon as possible!:)

A bowl of Chilled Watermelon with crunchy Oats Crumble:

How to make it:

Select a smaller,young and seedless Watermelon, scoop few Watermelon balls either with a Melon baller or with the help of Ice cream Scoop like I did!!Place them in a individual bowls and chill in the fridge for 1/2 an hour. Whip 1/4 cup of plain Yogurt or flavored Yogurt if you like and drizzle over the Watermelon balls.Return it to the fridge while you make the crunchy Oats Crumble.

Heat a non-stick pan with 2-3 tsps of butter.Add 1/4 cup of old fashioned Oats or Quick cooking Quaker Oats,2 tbsp or more to your taste brown or white sugar,1 Tbsp plain flour,1/2 tsp Cinnamon pd,1/4 tsp Ginger pd.Stir fry on medium heat for 2 mints or until Oats are golden and crisp.Do not burn it.Let it cool and sprinkle as much as you want on Watermelon just before serving.

Enjoy a refreshing and healthy breakfast in the morning!:))

Watermelon Cooler:

Here is a quick and cool Beverage for you for hot Summer afternoons!

Here is how to make it:
1. Cut about 2-3 cups Watermelon chunks and add to a blender to make a smooth liquid to make about 2 cups of juice.
2. Add 1 cup of Orange juice to blender along 2 tbsp sugar and blend again.
3. Strain the cooler to tall glasses and chill in the fridge. serve with a chunk of Watermelon on the rim of the glass as a garnish.
4. I don't strain the cooler as I like the thick Watermelon residue in the bottom of the glass!

Enjoy both and see you all later!:))


sra said...

Very different, Asha, the crumble! Are you back from vacation? Hope you had a good time!

bee said...

yay. my favourite foodie is back. thanks for the fabulous entries.

bee said...

ash, your oats crumble dish could go to this month's WBB. this month's theme is oats.

FH said...

Hi sra,thanks.We came back home Sunday night after a 7 hr drive!I am still trying to get back to normal!:)

Hello Bee!:))
I missed you all too girl.The first thing I did was to buy a Watermelon next day!Glad you liked them.I will send them to you later,still got lot of chores to do today:))
I will make something else for Oats.Hope I didn't miss much int he last 10 days!See you later.

Suganya said...

The cooler is looking so coooool.... Watermelon crumble is different try.....Looking good..Waiting to try it...

archana said...

Nice to see you back Asha :)Crunchy watermelon looks nice. Its a good idea.Even the drink is nice.
It is funny but its my first time to Aroma. I have always visited Foodies Hope :)

Mishmash ! said...

I did miss your presence in the blog world!!! :( And nice to see you posting again....hope you re in good health after the long trip...take goo d care....crumble looks really good :)


bee said...

i downloaded the pics and link already from your site.

Suganya said...

I would love that for breakfast on these hot summer days. Hope you had a good vacation..Welcome back!

FH said...

Thanks Sukanya.It is very refreshing breakfast:)

Archana,thanks for visiting here too!:))Aroma has quick and easy recipes just for events.

Thank you so much Bee!You made it easy for me,I appreciate it.Hugs to you darling!:))

Thanks Suganya.I missed all of you too.I tried logging on for few mins from Nashville but couldn't.I will visit you all tomorrow.

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

Hope kids&you had a good break....Watermelon balls looks really sweet...crumble and juice is nice recipe again.
I liked the combo of watermelon and orangejuice....let me try this on this hot days.

Richa said...

hey, asha hope u had a good vacation. I was a bit tied up last couple of days. liked the oats crumble & the cooler sounds yummy, I made rose flavored watermelon.

KF said...

Haaaaai Ashakka...How are u??Crunchy Watermelon looks nice..

Jyothi said...

Hi Asha, came back. Happy to see a healthiest breakfast along with a cooler. Both are lovely. Thanks for sharing dear.

Coffee said...

Thats very different indeed!!!! Water melon and oats sounds like a very good combo!!

Hope you had a lovely vacation. :)

Mona said...

ASHA! You are back!

Hey! we missed you!

wow! that is cool. A cill out drink in this summer heat! wahat else do we need!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Asha!
This melon balls look absolutely delicious and the cooler too!!!

Roopa said...

wow watermelon cooler mathe crumble looks great. Vacation hegithu? do post about it.never expected you would post today thats a great come back. missed you :) check you my post after you get settled. hugs great to see u back:)

FH said...

Usha,thanks.Yes,we are back,still recovering.See you all tomorrow:))

Richa,thanks.I saw Rose water in the grocery in Nashville.Watermelon with rose water sounds great,wish I had bought it.I will see you tomorrow too,take it easy:)

Hi KF.Hope you are doing well too.I am exhausted a little but will be back in full swing next week:)

Thanks Jyoti.After eating out for a week,I feel so happy to have this for breakfast!:))

FH said...

Hi Coffee girl!:))
Yes we did and will be doing the blog rounds tomorrow.After 4 loads of laundry,it's a miracle I am still standing!:D

Hi Mona,I missed you too.It was very hard not to open the Laptop for a whole week!!:))

Thank you Usha.Nothing more refreshing than a Watermelon cooler in this weather!:)

FH said...

Hi shn,I am back indeed and it was fun but exhausting!:))
I really missed all of you,kept thinking what I missed!:D
Took a while to come back to reality and I am ready to surf the blogs tomorrow.Happy 4th of July.Enjoy:))

Roopa,vacation chennagittu.7hrs drive madi Bhanuvara ratri manege bandevu.Tumba kelasa ittu isharavaregu.
Today is Independence day here,I will check all your posts tomorrow.I am cooking special luch today,will post at FH later today with some photos!:))

Arts said...

Welcome back :)
WM entries look lovely :)
brought watermelon today.. so will try these.. am still thinking what I can prepare for AFAM :|

J said...

Read this yesterday but dunno if my comment got thru!! Nice cruncy watermelon and that drink! Hope you had a fantastic vacation Asha! Good to see you back!

FH said...

Hi Atrs,you know,when I was on vacation I was thinking about your blog and wondering what did she blog today since you post almost everyday!:D
I will check all the blogs today hopefully:)

Hi J! I set the the moderation back today so I can check the comments myself.That's ok.I just posted this yesterday anyway.Glad you liked it I will see you today later!:))

sunita said...

That was a real melony delight...glad you're back...hope you enjoyed your vacation...

FH said...

I did enjoy Sunita,thanks friend!:))
Good to be back and blogging and surfing blogs too!

Anonymous said...

Your watermelon dishes are looking lovely Asha -- glad to see you home and looking for pics! ;)

FH said...

Hi Linda,couldn't wait to get home!:D
Thanks,Watermelons are the best in tis 90+F weather.Photos are up at FH!:)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

ooooo!!! I love watermelons. the oats crumblw breakfast dish looks wonderful!!
And yeah, I am in Blore now... and it feels gr8!! :)
Hope you had a good vacation.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

The cooler looks wonderful and I have enjoyed them. The crumble is really different. I would never have thought of it with watermelon but it looks good.

FH said...

Are you trying to make me jealous Ramya?! I AM,happy now!!;D
Have a great time there in B'lore,lucky you!
Watermelon must be available there too now,right? Make the cooler,it's great.Enjoy.I posted some vacation photos at FH,take a look if you have time!:)

Hi MY,crunchy Oats go well with the sweet watermelon,something different,try it!:))
Cooler of course is mixed with OJ,what's not to like!:D Enjoy.

Sharmi said...

the crumble is one cool and healthy idea. looks real nice and healthy.

deena said...

welcome back Asha !.we missed u..i loved ur crumble Asha..looks very delicious..how was ur hoilday?hope u enjoyed it!!!

ayseyaman said...

Hi Asha,
your watermelon drink looks very nice. I like the picture you took at the garden.
Also I like the way you put all the blog event links on the side of your webpage.
Cheers! :)

FH said...

Thanks Sharmi.Makes a great breakfast,isn't it?:))

Hi Deena,vacation was great,check the FH for details with photos!:)
Enjoy the recipes.

Hi A,welcome to blog.Glad that you liked the drink.Listing the events makes it easy for everybody!:))
Have a great weekend.

ayseyaman said...

yes, it is easy. I am making a list now. Thanks for the idea. :)
Have a nice weekend.

FH said...

Great, enjoy participating in the events too:)

Suma Gandlur said...

Asha, great entries.

FH said...

Thanks Suma,enjoy:))

Kajal said...

Great juice and bolls of watermelons with oats crumble is nice things.:)

FH said...

Thank you Kajal.Hope you try girl,good for this hot Summer:))

Viji said...

Such a cool post Asha. With oats it looks so tempting. Viji

FH said...

Thank you Viji.It's also so very healthy,makes great parathas too:)

Raaga said...

where in India can I get a melon baller?

FH said...

Hahaha! Raaga, I have no idea where you can buy that in India although I am sure you will get it somewhere.
Use a round ghee spoon which looks like a small ladle,works great too.I used Ice Cream scoop!:))