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Watermelon Otai Smoothie

With Astar and Carmel Sepuloni


6 cups diced watermelon
2 cups grated fresh coconut
2 cups coconut milk
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Ice cubes (optional)
White rum (optional)


The trick with otai is to mash the watermelon without completely juicing it. The fruit needs a bit of its structure left to give the drink body.

Mash the watermelon with a wooden spoon or stick until it is a chunky slush (Papiloa used a stick and mashed the flesh while it was still in the skin). The seeds are left in, they are supposedly good for headaches.

Add the grated coconut, coconut milk and lemon. Mix well.

Trickle in the honey if using, and add ice cubes if desired. Feel free to add light rum!