Watermelon Drink Tongan Otai

Tongan Sunset Copyright Ruth Elayne Kongaika
Tongan Sunset Copyright Ruth Elayne Kongaika

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Copyright Ruth Elayne Kongaika
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Origin of 'Otai

 ĽOtai is a fruit drink, which originated in Tonga. They make variations of the drink with scraped mangos and vi (which is a native Tongan fruit). In Tonga they don't usually have half and half, but instead use freshly squeezed coconut milk, that is the most delicious to me. This is not to be mistaken for the juice of the coconut. I'll save that for another hub.

Tongans even crack out the water biscuits or breakfast crackers and just break that into the drink, which adds more dimension!!

Last time we made 'Otai, our grandchildren just couldn't get enough.

Scrape watermelon down to rind. Remove seeds. Add crushed pineapple, coconut milk and sugar to taste.

This is a great idea if your watermelon is not very sweet.

You can do this with mango too by grating it.

Yum!!

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That would be great POHAKULUA. Thanks for checking out my otai hub.


POHAKULUA 5 years ago

I wish I could be in Hawaii and drink otai with you Liana and "elayne". miss you guys a lot


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hope you get some otai. You could take advantage of the season before it ends and make up a batch E.A. Wright. Enjoy!


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E. A. Wright 6 years ago from New York City

Thanks for the introduction to otai. Yet another reason to enjoy watermelon season.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

It is by far my favorite and summer is almost here so watermelons are getting cheaper. Try it, you'll like it Rose.


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Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

I have never heard of this drink but it sounds delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing your recipe and for providing a little history too.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hope you enjoy your otai DREAM ON! We bought a watermelon for Mother's Day and plan to enjoy some watermelon drink too. Aloha!


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I am so excited to try it.I love a good refreshing drink.I want to go out to the store and buy some ingredients but it is 419 A.M. in the morning.I can't believe I am going have to wait till morning to the stores to open.Thanks for the juicy tip.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

It is great pddm67 - we just had some this week. It was yummy for sure. Aloha!


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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York

Very interesting recipe and sounds soooo good. A must for me to try! Bookmarking this to keep on hand. Rock on!


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LianaK 7 years ago

Otai sounds soooo good right now! I love it with Vanilla Soy milk.


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hey Rob - malo e lava mai. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Wish we could all be together and drink some otai!!


Rob 7 years ago

Mooni aupito, ifo he ifo e Otai, especially with the mapakupaku! But only the Tongan kine:). Man, making me hungry already!


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yea it is a whole meal all in one with cabin crackers. I just made some with watermelon and pineapple. It was soooo refreshing especially on a humid day like we have in Hawaii. Cheers


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cubworld 7 years ago

My favorite drink ever!!! Its like a meal and a smoothing in one! My favorite is when it has coconut in it, apple or watermelon otai. Oh and i like it with pineapple too! YUM. Im so hungry now :D

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