Tutti Frutti with watermelon made using natural colours, without any refined sugar and using watermelon is a healthy and economical treat.

You will just fall in love with this healthy and guilt-free Tutti Frutti. It tastes great without any taste of watermelon or of any natural colour.

Look at the picture below, all these are natural colours using veggies.

how to make Tutti Frutti with Watermelon

watermelon Tutti Frutti

Caution: Make at your own risk. These taste so good that mine got reduced to half as everyone just popped up one or two while these were drying!


Healthy Tutti Frutti

Colourful Tutti Frutti adds life to any dessert be it taste or looks. This method of making Tutti Frutti is really easy and once you will make it you will definitely not feel like buying from the market.

Watermelon is eaten in every home and its rind goes into the bin. Today, we will be making Tooti Frutti with this waste part only. I do make Kanji (fermented water) with this white rind and now these candied fruits. With this recipe, I am sure watermelon consumption is going to rake up in your family.


Tooti Frutti is my favourite. Be it simple Tutti Frutti ice cream or biscuits or a healthy fruit cake, I just love it. It is also a favourite as it is the main ingredient in my Fruit cake which is one of my popular recipes and is liked by all age groups.

Till now, I have been buying Tooti Frutti from the market only and there have been times when I deferred making fruit cake in the absence of this colourful beauty. Though the cake tastes good with dry fruits too but the look it gets with Tooty Fruity is matchless.

During the ongoing lockdown, when my husband came to know that I would be making Tutti Frutti with the watermelon rind, he didn’t believe it and had apprehensions about its good outcome. But finally, when he got to eat it, he just couldn’t believe it, was awed by its taste and just said one word, it’s magical! And this made my day!

It was much better than the store-bought one as it was less sweet and not sticky too.


What Is Tutti Frutti?

Tutti Fruitti is nothing but candied fruits which are available in various colours like red, yellow, green, orange etc. and is mainly used for cake decoration and in ice creams. Do you like Tutti Fruitti ice cream?


Benefits of Making Tutti Frutti At Home

Tutti Frutti is easily available and in various colours too. Then what is the need to make it at home? You will understand its answer best when you make it yourself or taste homemade Tutti Frutti, the way I have now.


Why Make Tutti Frutti With Watermelon Rind?

Tutti Frutti is ideally made using raw papaya. Just visualize raw papaya and watermelon white rind. Don’t they look the same?

Though both raw papaya and watermelon rind are very nutritious but the former has a slightly bitter taste and thus needs to be boiled first to get rid of that bitterness. Whereas watermelon rind is tasteless and can be used as we like.

Tutti Fruttimakes from watermelon rind, no doubt, tastes good but the fact that you are making best out of waste is what gives you immense happiness. Why waste anything, be it peels only if we can use them in some way or the other. Agreed, that every peel/rind cannot be used but whatever can be, should be.

Some of my other recipes where I have used vegetable peels are:


 A Lengthy Process

When you make tutti Fruiti at home then though it is an easy process but it does require up to 2 days. Though actual time used is not much but drying time is a lot. In addition, chopping watermelon white rind into small pieces is also a laborious process. Thereafter, making beet and spinach puree and similarly, some other steps make it a lengthy process. But, whether you are making Tutti Fruitti with raw papaya or watermelon, it is a lengthy process, so be prepared!


Brownie Points Of My Homemade Tutti Frutti

No Artificial colours used. Made with only natural colours.
No Refined Sugar is used.
Very moderately sweet unlike store-bought sugar-loaded Tutti Frutti
Best Out Of Waste, as made with watermelon rind.
Tastes Great!
Not sticky like the storebought ones.


Tips For The Perfect Outcome


How to make Beetroot puree?

Put peeled and chopped beetroot in the grinder along with very little water. Grind it and then pass it through a strainer. Beet juice is ready.

How to make spinach puree?

Similarly, grind washed and roughly chopped spinach and strain it. Avoid adding water unless very necessary.

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Step By Step Recipe

Boil white part of watermelon rind

Add powdered cane sugar

Mix spinach puree, beet puree and turmeric
With Spinach Puree, Beet Puree and Turmeric

Keep in strainer

Dry them on kitchen napkin



Q) After boiling watermelon rind, should we change water for making sugar syrup?

No!. After about 10 minutes of boiling, instead of rinsing and taking freshwater to make sugar syrup, we use the same water only. This is because, unlike raw papaya, watermelon rind is sweet and the water in which these are boiled is perfect to be used for making sugar syrup.

(Measurements are just to give you an idea. This post is more about the method rather than the recipe, so use any quantity as you may like)


Q) What is Boora Sugar? What can I replace it with?

Boora sugar is powdered cane sugar (a type of unrefined sugar in powdered form) and is not just powdered sugar as many people think it to be. If you can’t get Boora sugar then use any other type of sugar or maybe stevia. Avoid brown sugar as it will affect the colour of Tooti Fruiti.

Q) Why can’t we add sugar in the beginning only while boiling the rind?


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Watermelon Tutti Frutti Recipe

Made with watermelon rind and natural colors, without refined sugar.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Drying Time 1 d
Course DIY


My Cup Measures 240 ml

  • 3 Cups Chopped Watermelon Rind The White Part Only
  • 1.5 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Boora Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Beet Puree
  • 1 Tbsp Spinach Puree
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


  • Chop the white part of watermelon rind into small pieces.
  • Boil these in water for 10 minutes. Avoid using more water as we will be making sugar syrup using this water only. Like for 3 cups Tutti Fruiti, I used just one and quarter cup water. This is just for an idea that use as little water as possible.
  • Once pieces have softened up a little, add Boora sugar and continue cooking for another 10 minutes till the pieces turn translucent.
  • Turn off the flame and divide these into 2 or 3 bowls depending upon of how many colours you want to make it. You may add vanilla essence at this stage, if willing to. Though, I didnt add.
  • Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of beet puree in one, spinach puree in the second and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder in the third bowl.
  • Cover it and let it remain like this for 6 hours or overnight so that sweetness and colours are absorbed fully.
  • Put these in the strainer to get rid of excess water.
  • Dry these on a kitchen towel under the fan.
  • Once completely dry, fill these in airtight containers and better to keep in the refrigerator.
  • Use as required.


  1. I have used Boora Sugar and that too in very little quantity. You may use sweetener of your choice and may increase its quantity depending upon your taste.
  2. After straining the beet and spinach you may use the leftover pulp in the strainer while kneading flour or making your pancake batter.
  3. Instead of beet, turmeric etc, you may use food colours.
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