Paludah (Fresh Melon and Peach Compote)

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
15 mins
2 hrs

Adapted from Time/Life Foods of the World. Posted for ZWT6.

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  • 1 medium persian melon (or 2 small cantaloupes)
  • 2.46 ml salt
  • 2 medium peaches, ripe but still firm, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 118.29 ml sugar
  • 44.37 ml lemon juice
  • 29.58 ml rose water
  • ice (optional)


  1. Cut melon in half and remove seeds and stringy pulp.
  2. Using melon baller or small spoon, scoop out as many melon balls as possible.
  3. Put melon balls in deep bowl.
  4. Pour any juice from shells over melon balls, and discard shells.
  5. Toss with salt.
  6. Add peaches, sugar, lemon juice and rose water.
  7. Toss gently to combine.
  8. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.
  9. Serve in individual dishes.
  10. Top with crushed or shaved ice if desired.