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.
- 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.
- Add 1 more teaspoon of oil in the same pan, add mustard and red chillies, as mustard splutters, add black gram dal and saute.
- 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.
- Serve with steaming rice and rasam.
- This thuvaiyal will be slightly bitter and remains unspoilt for a day or two.
- 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.