These 8 Pound Watermelons were on sale so I had a lot of watermelon and thought I should do something creative with one and I thought Watermelon Soup flavored with Lemongrass would be delicious! So these are the ingredients I used.
An Approx. 8 lb. Watermelon cut in small chunks deseeded.
Parts of 3 stalks Lemongrass minced (pealed down and used soft end)
Heaping Tablespoon of slow cooked garlic cloves cooked in oil whipped like butter. I do that with Fresh Garlic because it last a long time and gives a nicer garlic flavor to foods, but I bet about two fresh garlic cloves and a tablespoon or two of plain tasting oil is about the same.
1 Thai Chili (minced)
Galanga Root (about an inch grated)
Ginger Root (about two inches grated)
About a dozen Kaffir Lime Leaves
Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice with a little bit of the rind grated. (I used two very small limes.
Maybe a Tablespoon of Kosher Salt.
Thai Basil leaves (about a handful Chopped)
I started with maybe a quarter of the watermelon and fried it up on medium high heat with the seasonings and they got golden fast. Then the lime juice. I added about a third and continued to heat for a few minutes and then the rest and heated that up for about 15-20 minutes till it looked like this.
I then removed the KaffirLime Leaves and then added my Chopped Thai Basil.
It came out delicious! It’s a little spicy and aromatic with Lemongrass. I liked it served warm. You can play around with this recipe and vary the texture to your liking. I also liked this with the addition of rice and chicken. I think adding coconut milk would also be tasty.