orange peel chutney
Orange Peel Chutney
Written by Jayashree
Published on March 20, 2020

Orange Peel Chutney is a traditional dish that is tasty and makes a good accompaniment along with rice and sambar.

The peels of vegetables and fruits are nutritious and it is good to make the best use of them. All peels cannot be eaten and some are cooked into delicious dishes. Here is orange peel chutney, ideal to use with chapati or rice. I had read this long time back when our Sulekha blogger Dev Kumar  Vasudevan had shared it. This is the recipe of his mother who is a wonderful cook. It is believed that this an heirloom recipe made since ages. It is indeed nice to know these traditional recipes, they are not only tasty but it’s something different from what we usually cook these days.

This is a vegan and gluten-free dish.

Benefits  of orange peel

Do you know that orange peels have about four times health benefits than the actual orange fruit? Orange peel contains  flavonoids like poly methoxyflavones and hesperidin. It also contains copper, calcioum,  magnesium, Vitamin A and dietary fibre.

Orange peels  are good for the heart. It also helps to prevent allergies. The citrus nature of orange peel helps to fight infections, cold and flu. It helps to remove phlegm and thus cures asthma.

Uses of orange peel:
  • Orange zest  gives a good flavour to cakes and salads.
  • It is washed well and used as a flavouring agent in many dishes.
  • It can be used in making chutneys and pickles.
  • The peel of orange immersed and boiled in water, makes a good drink.
  • It can be used to make candied orange peel.
  • Apart from cooking, it helps to ward off mosquitos.
  • It also helps to keep off ants.
  • It is good for cleaning kitchen taps and greasy stoves.
  • Be creative and use it in craft.
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 Orange Peel Chutney Recipe

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 3 tablespoon finely cut onion
  • 1 cup orange peel
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • a small lemon ball size of tamarind
  • 1/2 teaspoon jaggery
  • water
Method:
  1. Soak tamarind in water for half an hour.
  2. Cut the orange peel in small pieces.
  3. Take oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, as they crackle, add fenugreek to it, put the onion to it, saute it for sometime, once it is translucent, put the orange peels to it and saute it. Let the raw smell disappear.
  4. Now, add coriander powder and chilly powder.
  5. Extract the pulp from the tamarind.
  6. Put some tamarind extract, curry leaves, salt and jaggery. Let cook for five minutes.
  7. Remove and store in a clean jar.

Take a tip:

  1. Scrape the pith (soft,white part)  from the skin before using it.
  2. I used the peel of two oranges.

Orange Peel Chutney

Orange Peel Chutney is tasty, healthy and makes a good side dish with chapati and steamed rice.
Course chutney,, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword healthy recipes, orange peel chutney, recipe with peels, side dish, zero wastage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 3 tablespoon finely cut onion
  • 1 cup orange peel
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • tamarind pulp
  • jaggery

Instructions

  1. Soak tamarind in water for half an hour.
  2. Cut the orange peel in small pieces.
  3. Take oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, as they crackle, add fenugreek to it, put the onion to it, saute it for sometime, once it is translucent, put the orange peels to it and saute it. Let the raw smell disappear.
  4. Now, add coriander powder and chilly powder.
  5. Extract the pulp from the tamarind.
  6. Put some tamarind extract, curry leaves, salt and jaggery. Let cook for five minutes.
  7. Remove and store in a clean jar.
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12 Comments

  1. blessmyf🍎🍏dbypayal

    Something we only throw out can be utilized in such a simple and innovative way. A lovely recipe and must try. Would love to try hand on it.

    Reply
  2. ARCHANA

    Wow I only used the peels to make zest now next in line is the chutney I ma sure it will smell amazing.

    Reply
    • Lata Lala

      I have always used the orange zest in many recipes but never made chutney. Next time the leftovers are goin to get makeover for sure.

      Reply
  3. mayurisjikoni

    Next time I peel oranges, not throwing away the peels or turning them into zest. Such a lovely chutney, different and am sure it must be so so tasty.

    Reply
  4. Sandhya Nadkarni

    Wow! This chutney sounds amazing. This is new to me. Never thought of using orange peels to make chutney.

    Reply
  5. cookshideout

    Wow, that is such an interesting and innovative chutney with orange peel. Sounds delicious with the spices, tamarind and jaggery – yummy recipe.

    Reply
  6. cookingwithsapana

    Orange peel chutney is an amazing way to use orange peels, zero waste and health benefits included.

    Reply
    • Uma

      Very interesting chutney! Never had this before. I use orange peel for my green tea and sometime use it for face pac. Looks yummy.

      Reply
  7. Priya Srinivasan

    That is one lipsmacking chutney with orange peels, i have a thogayal using orange peel. Love that zesty tangy taste of this chutney!! superb share!

    Reply
  8. Padma Veeranki / Masalakorb

    Great way to use orange peel…I’m sure it must have tasted great…Thanks for sharing this delicious chutney!!

    Reply
  9. Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

    This is very interesting recipe and good idea to use up orange peels. Perfect with hot paratha.

    Reply
  10. sasmita

    Use of peels of orange to make a chutney sounds amazing ! The color is simply drool worthy here Jaya. Love to have simply as it is ;P

    Reply

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