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Otai: Tongan Coconut Watermelon Drink - Mixture of coconut milk, coconut flakes, honey mango and smashed fresh watermelon

Otai: Tongan Coconut Watermelon Drink

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  • Author: Noreen
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 people 1x


Otai: Tongan Coconut Watermelon Drink with coconut milk.


  • ½ a ripe seedless watermelon (or 1 whole small seedless watermelon), cubed
  • 1 fresh mango, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 7 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Up to ½ cup of water (per your preference)
  • Ice


  • Stage 1 – Blend Non-Watermelon Ingredients

    1. In a blender, combine your mango, shredded coconut, coconut milk, honey and lime juice
    2. Blend together until they are all well combined and you have a nice orangey liquid formed. Don’t worry if it’s a bit too thick, since it will mix with water from the watermelon

    Stage 2 – Mash the Watermelon

    1. Place your watermelon in a large bowl. The larger the bowl, the better… just in case things might get a little messy
    2. With either a masher (like you would for mashed potatoes) or a fork, mash your watermelon down into smaller pieces. You’ll want to keep some of the watermelon pieces intact, but otherwise mash the rest to free liquid

    Stage 3 – Finish Your ‘Otai

    1. To make your watermelon drink complete, combine your mango/coconut milk puree with your mashed watermelon in your large bowl. Mix around thoroughly until all ingredients are well merged together
    2. Transfer your ‘otai to a cup or a pitcher, and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Tongan