Watermelon and Ramadan. It’s a never-ending tale in the Maldives. This watery fruit is the favourite go-to drink to break the fast in the holy month of Ramadan. Watermelon juice can be made in 10 minutes, perfect for your family iftar, which does not cost much. Other than watermelon juice, this colourful fruit can be eat-in cubes and triangles, which kids would love. The thirst filling watermelon juice is not only for perfect for Ramadan, but an excellent refreshing pick-me-up to beat the heat in any day as watermelon is mostly made up of water.
Watermelon also has many health benefits. This juicy red fruit is dense in nutrients and low in calories. A fresh watermelon juice drink has around would have 46 calories per cup. Watermelon is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. watermelon offers 20 per cent of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17 per cent vitamin A and is also is high in B vitamins
Here is our recipe to make your fresh watermelon juice at home.
Things you will need:
- 1 small sweet watermelon
- 1 small lime, juiced (optional)
- Slice the watermelon in half and dice the watermelon.
- Add the diced watermelon and water to your blender and puree until smooth. Add water if you prefer or if you are a person who needs more texture add an ice cube. For extra flavour, squeeze the juice of one small lime into the blender and blend for a few seconds.
- Pour it directly into glasses filled with ice.
Watermelon juice is best when consumed immediately. But any leftover can be stored up to three days in the refrigerator.
At Champa Central Hotel, we serve Watermelon fresh, chilled and garnished and is a popular beverage to rehydrate as you run about in Malé.