We are sure after reading this article and recipe you will think twice before throwing orange peels away! Oranges are available in many countries throughout the year.Orange has Vitamin C and other compounds that are beneficial for us. But, do you know orange peel has lots of benefits? Yes, Orange peel are useful for – removing odor, cleaning furniture, repel insects, daily cleaner (combine with vinegar), sponge to clean dish, removes water stains from metals, holiday candles, dry peels can be flammable and can be used in fire place, add to salad, make powder and apply on skin with turmeric.,. the list goes on.
Here is a simple spicy & sweet grandma’s recipe namely gojju (kannada =sweet & spicy curry) for you all where the orange peel is the main ingredient.
- Orange peel: 4 oranges
- Chenna daal: Two Tbs
- Urd daal: 2 Tbs
- Red chilli: 4 to 5
- Coriander seeds – 1tsp (optional)
- Mustard : 1 tsp
- Jaggery: Two cubes
- Soaked tamarind : Two inches
- Salt: As needed
- Curry leaves – One string
1) Cut orange peels to small pieces (fresh or dry ones)
2) With little oil fry chenna daal, urad daal, coriander seeds and red chilli – allow it to cool and grind it to fine powder
3) In a pan heat oil and add little urad daal, mustard and curry leaves. When the mustard cracks add cut orange peel and fry
4) Now add jaggery, tamarind juice and half to one cup water and boil.
5) In between check whether the orange peel is cooked or not. If it is cooked then add the grinded powder and boil it once.
6) Serve orange peel gojju with rice, chapatti, puri, idli etc
If it is prepared properly then orange peel gojju can be kept for a week. Store it in refrigerator in a tight container.