Monday, May 23, 2011

Watermelon 'Otai (Juice)

Mmmm, watermelon juice!  I'm told that in Tongan you call this drink 'otai and I read on Wikipedia that in Somoan it's "vai meleni". Either way, if you want to enjoy your watermelon island style with milk, coconut and sugar then you'll love this cool treat. I'm convinced that it hits the spot on a hot afternoon (if I'm not watching my weight, of course).

Watermelon 'Otai (Juice)
1 Ripe Seedless Watermelon halved and sliced (this is the smaller round watermelons)
1 can crushed pineapples or 1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 can of evaporated milk
1/2 Cup Sugar
Ice Cubes

Prepare the watermelon by mashing the watermelon with a fork in a large bow. If this becomes tedious try squishing the watermelon with your fingers, making sure the end product is small pieces. If you don't use a seedless watermelon make sure that most of the black seeds are removed with a spoon. 

Stir in the pineapple and it's juices, coconut, evaporated milk and two cans of water using the can of milk. Add Sugar and stir, adding more to taste. You may add ice cubes when you're ready to serve.

Who Dished it First? The Polynesian Kitchen with a slight alteration by me.

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