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Tongan Otai (coconut watermelon drink)



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  • 1/2 seedless watermelon (about 5 cups mashed)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • shredded coconut, to taste


Servings 2
Adapted from


Step 1

Add watermelon flesh to a large bowl. Crush it, using a potato masher or by pulsing with a blender (regular or immersion). You want to leave it with some texture and body. In Tonga, this used to be done by grating the watermelon with something like a fork.

When you get the texture to where you like it, stir in the coconut milk and fresh squeezed lime juice.

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