Orange Peel Thuvaiyal

Thogaiyal or Thuvaiyal is generally made from vegetables . However this recipe  is a different and unique thuvaiyal using orange peels, which are usually  discarded . The peels have bitter  and sour taste which can be utilised to make  tasty thuvaiyal.

Recipe taken from Cook and See Part – 1.


  • Orange Peels of  medium size (Nagpur variety), 1 cup ( chopped finely)
  • Oil 3 to 4 teaspoons,
  • Mustard 1 teaspoon,
  • Blackgram dal 2 teaspoon,
  • Red chilies 6 to 8 in number,
  • Compounded Asafoetida a small ¼ inch piece,
  • Tamarind a small lemon sized (10 grams),
  • Salt approx 2 teaspoon.


  1. In a shallow pan or a kadai, iron griddle, add oil and heat. Add the chopped orange bits and shallow fry for 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove and keep aside.
  2. Add 1 more teaspoon of oil in the same pan, add mustard and red chillies, as mustard splutters, add black gram dal and saute.
  3. Add this seasoning, tamarind and  salt to the shallow fried oranges and grind to a coarse paste  adding very little water to get  a thick orange thuvaiyal.
  4. Serve with steaming rice and rasam.
  5. This thuvaiyal will be slightly bitter and  remains unspoilt for a day or two.
  6. Oil  used should be preferably sesame/gingelly.


  • Some uses of orange peel around the house.
  • The orange peels are aromatic and therefore act as air freshener.
  • Most refrigerators have odd food smells. To get a sweet smelling fridge, in a bowl take orange peels with some salt and leave it in the refrigerator to get rid of odors.
  • Dried Orange peels could be used in potpourri, with a drop of orange essential oil to get a sweet smelling home.
  •  The orange peels are insect repellants too. They can be kept in the areas where the bugs or insects enter the houses.
  • The peels can make your stainless steel sink sparkling. The orange peel dipped in dash of salt can be used to scrub the kitchen sink.