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Recipe: Casaba melon with creamy sweet curry

Updated: 05-19-2011

Dietitian's tip: Sweet curry is made from a blend of ground spices. Combined with yogurt, it makes a light, creamy sauce that perfectly complements ripe, juicy melon.


Serves: 6

For the sauce

  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dark honey
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger,  1/8 teaspoon ground cloves and a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 large casaba, cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish


To make the sweet curry cream, whisk together the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, honey, and garam masala or spice mixture in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Halve the melon, and using a spoon, remove and discard the seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out the melon flesh and place it into a large bowl.

Just before serving, place 1 cup melon balls in each individual bowl. Spoon about 2 tablespoons curry cream over each serving and garnish with the fresh mint. Pass the remaining sauce at the table.

Nutritional Analysis per serving
  • Calories: 118
  • Total carbohydrate: 26 g
  • Cholesterol: 2 mg
  • Dietary fiber: 2.5 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: < 1 g
  • Sodium: 53 mg
  • Total fat: 1 g
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