Who thought that kitchen scraps can taste so delicious? Make deep-fried watermelon rind with the part of the fruit that you’d usually toss! Deep-fried watermelon rind is healthier than French fries and just as delicious!
The deep-fried watermelon rind is inspired by Indian pakoras. I used my vegan batter as coating for the watermelon rind – so the fried watermelon rind is vegan and you can make it gluten-free if you want.
The eggless batter for the fried watermelon rind is made with chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is healthy and delicious, and even if it’s naturally gluten-free it has great binding power – it’s a vegan egg substitute. For the gluten-free version use just chickpea flour and omit the breadcrumbs. You can use raw or roasted chickpea flour for the deep-fried watermelon rind. And what’s best, chickpea flour protects the watermelon rind from absorbing too much fat during deep-frying.
Deep-Fried Watermelon Rind
- 2 cups watermelon rind, cut into French-fry like pieces
- 1/2 cup flour (8 tbsp)
- 1/2 cup (roasted) chickpea flour (8 tbsp)
- 3/4 – 1 cup water
- pinch of salt
Stir together flour, chickpea flour, water and salt. Let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, salt and pepper the watermelon rind. Dip the watermelon rind pieces in the flour mixture, then roll in the breadcrumbs and deep-fry in hot oil until golden and crisp. Serve hot with ketchup or soy yogurt for dipping.