Curry To Kheer: 5 Ways To Add Muskmelon To Your Diet
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Though summer brings unbearable heat and sweating, it also brings us the gift of many yummy and juicy fruits. Watermelons, lychee, oranges, jamun, and everyone’s favourite mangoes are some of the popular summer fruits in India. They are packed with essential nutrients that will help you survive this hot season. Muskmelon, popularly known as "kharbuja," is another summer fruit that rules this season with its sweet and refreshing taste.

Muskmelon has orange flesh, a juicy texture, and a musky aroma, and just like watermelon, it is also high in water content. According to WebMD, muskmelon is a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, antioxidants, and fibre that help keep our bones, heart, digestive system, and immune system healthy. Usually, muskmelon is enjoyed directly or in the form of juice. But the fruit can also be transformed into many yummy dishes.

From curry to kheer, here are five interesting ways to add muskmelon to your summer diet:

Muskmelon Curry

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Muskmelon curry is a unique and delicious dish that combines the sweet and refreshing taste of muskmelon with the rich and spicy flavour of curry. This curry is made with diced muskmelon, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato, and aromatic spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. The sweetness of the muskmelon balances the spiciness of the curry, resulting in a dish that's both satisfying and refreshing. Muskmelon curry is perfect to pair with rice for a wholesome lunch.

Muskmelon Salad

This refreshing salad is made by slicing the muskmelon into bite-sized pieces and tossing it with a mixture of lemon juice, chaat masala, cumin, salt, and fresh cilantro. The result is a vibrant and flavourful salad that is perfect for hot summer days or as a side dish for any meal. Whether you are looking for a healthy snack or a salad with a fruity twist, this dish is definitely worth trying.

Muskmelon Kulfi

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Muskmelon Kulfi is a delightful frozen treat that is a delicious combination of the rich and creamy kulfi with the refreshing sweetness of muskmelon. Made by blending fresh muskmelon puree with milk, cream, sugar, and cardamom, this dessert is then frozen in traditional kulfi moulds until it achieves the perfect texture. Muskmelon kulfi is perfect to impress your taste buds on hot summer days.

Muskmelon Lassi 

Lassi is a popular Indian beverage that is loved by all. Give it a fruity twist by adding the goodness of muskmelon. This lassi is made by blending fresh muskmelon with yoghurt, sugar, and a touch of cardamom. This drink not only quenches your thirst but also provides you with essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin C, and potassium. You can also treat your guests to this creamy and flavourful drink during summer parties.

Muskmelon Kheer

Who doesn’t love a bowl of delicious kheer after a meal? This variety of classic Indian dessert is made by simmering muskmelon pulp in sweetened milk and flavouring it with cardamom and saffron. The creamy texture of the kheer complements the juicy muskmelon perfectly, creating a delightful contrast of flavours and textures. Served chilled, this unique and exotic dessert is a must-try this season.