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This salty, spicy watermelon recipe by Shivi Ramoutar we saw on Liz Earle’s website is the perfect treat to cool down with on a hot summer’s day. Packed with flavour, the smoky spice mix adds a grown-up twist to the sweet, refreshing watermelon.


• 1 small ripe watermelon

• coconut oil, melted for brushing

For the spice mix

• 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds

• 1/2 tsp fennel seeds

• 3/4 tbsp sea salt

• 1/4 tbsp cayenne pepper

• 3/4 tsp onion powder

• 3/4 tsp garlic powder

• black pepper

• zest of 1/4 lime, grated


For the spice mix, toast the cumin and fennel seeds for a couple of minutes in a dry pan on a low heat, shaking the pan regularly until the aroma of the spices hits you. Blitz the toasted seeds in a coffee grinder or processor until you have a smoothish powder. Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a fork or small whisk, until well combined.

Slice the watermelon into small wedges, brush with a little of the coconut oil and dip into the spice mix to serve – delicious!