INSTANT ORANGE PEEL PICKLE
Oranges are juicy, sweet and not only the most popular fruits of the world but also they are great in their awesome colour, aroma, taste and they are full of vitamin C. Apart from these qualities, they have a lot of health benefits. Their peels have the same colour as the fruit inside, and orange peels are loaded with nutrients, good for overall health. Orange peels have more fiber than the fruit itself. Orange peels are dried in the sun and then its powder is used in many cosmetics, as it is considered as a boon for skincare and face for the blemish-free and glowing skin.
Orange zest, which is the top layer of an orange peel, is a fabulous ingredient for bakers throughout the world. The coloured part of the orange skin is called the orange zest which gives the best aroma and flavour to a recipe. It is used in many cakes, cookies, biscotti’s, ice creams, yoghurt and many vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes of different cuisines of the world. According to this article - Never throw your orange peel, you might find orange peels are your new secret ingredient to a healthier and happier you. Check here-
My mother-in-law used to make a similar pickle (like this recipe) with lemon peel, which we enjoyed a lot. I had seen her, cutting the lemon peels with a pair of scissors. She was a great cook, I always admired her dishes and I learned a lot of cooking from her.
When I made this pickle the very first time, basing on my mother-in-law’s recipe of lemon pickle, I only changed the main ingredient that is orange instead of lemon and added some orange and lemon juice instead of only lemon juice as it was in the original recipe. But I did not change the other spices and method of cooking.
At the end of the day, it came out fantastic, I was very happy, and also increased an inch of self-pride because I had invented a new recipe based on an old one. As my pride grew more, I thought, let me go and check on Google, and assumed that when I type ‘orange peel pickle’ on Google, I will find no link at all. But, to my surprise, it was already there, I felt, as if somebody popped the balloon of my pride, oh no, poor me, I was totally disappointed, but later realised that those recipes were very different from mine, only one main ingredient that is orange peel was common. I thanked God, and said to myself; at least my recipe is unique. Today I am delighted to share my own creation with my readers, and I am very sure once you will make it, you will really enjoy this wonderful recipe.
I can say that if your choice is like mine and if you like pickles, you will love this orange peel pickle. This is a sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, recipe and a whole package of beautiful colour and taste together with lots of health benefits. I have already posted 4 pickles on my blog and as I have already mentioned that pickles and chutneys play an important role in Indian cuisine and that a lot of varieties of pickles and chutneys are enjoyed in India with their main meal.
- 4 navel oranges peels
- Oranges juice of 4 oranges
- lemon juice of 2 lemons
- Salt and paprika to taste
- One tsp garam masala (optional)*
- 100 grams sugar and 25 ml water
- Cut the oranges in half and remove all the juice, and with the help of a pair of scissors cut the thin strips of the peel.
- Add salt, paprika, orange and lemon juice to this cut orange peel strips and leave it overnight.
- Mix water and sugar and make a sugar syrup, mix the orange peel with the juice and cook for another10 minutes, stir continuously, leave it to cool.
- Pickle is ready: cool and fill in a glass bottle and store, it can last on the shelf for two weeks but can last in the fridge for two months.
I am sharing this recipe as my blog post entry with Meatless Monday, and with Cook blog share and with Cook once and Eat Twice and with we are pinnable party and Simple and in Season and with Sweet Inspiration Partyandd with Fiesta Party and with Full Plate Thursday, and with Hearth and soul blog party