Carrot Croquette with Candied Watermelon Rind or Cilantro Cream

Choose a crunchy sweet watermelon rind or a cilantro cream to accompany this flavorful dish. 


  1. For the Watermelon Rind: In a medium bowl, combine the watermelon rind, water and corn starch. Set aside for 1 hour. Drain the water and rinse.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining watermelon rind ingredients with the reserved watermelon rind. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Simmer for 1 hour until the water is absorbed and the rinds are tender.            
  3. For the Cilantro Cream: In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Purée until smooth. Reserve.
  4. For the Carrot Croquette: Preheat oven to 400°.           
  5. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the carrots, green onions, bell pepper and jalapeño. Sauté for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the sautéed vegetables, cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin, curry and 3 tablespoons ground chips.
  7. Shape ½ cup mixture into croquettes. Coat with corn chips. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve carrot croquettes with candied watermelon rind or cilantro cream.

TIP: Remove the outer green peel of the watermelon before you dice the rind.

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Michelle,
ALDI Test Kitchen

Nutritional Information per Croquette:

Croquette and Watermelon

  • Calories: 280, Total Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 780mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 3g

Croquette and Cilantro

  • Calories: 270, Total Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 860mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 5g