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December 27, 2017

Orange Skin Kuzhambu – Orange Peel Kulambu Recipe

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Orange skin kuzhambu
Orange skin/peel kuzhambu has become my most favorite dish among all the orange skin recipes I had tried so far. Yes, for the last 2 weekends I shared recipes using kamala orange skin like orange peel sweet pachadi and orange peel spicy pachadi. Today I thought of sharing this yummy vatha kuzhambu recipe with orange skin.  I am yet to post orange skin pickle and orange juice rasam recipes. I will try to do it in this weekend. The method of preparation of orange skin kuzhambu is very similar to Brahmin style vatha kulambu without onion and garlic. 

When I tried this kulambu, I was doubtful whether it will taste bitter. But to my surprise, it came out really tasty without much bitterness. I loved it a lot with plain rice topped with sesame oil. My MIL also liked it very much and told that she will be making it regularly at home. 

Friends, do try this orange peel kuzhambu next time when you buy oranges. I hope you all know about the amazing health benefits of orange skin. So do not discard the skin. Try this orange peel kuzhambu, you will love it for sure. So lets see how to make kuzhambu using orange skin with step by step pictures.
Check out my other orange recipes below :

Orange peel kuzhambu

Orange peel / Orange Skin kuzhambu for rice

Orange peel kuzhambu How to make gravy with orange skin
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Orange peel recipes
Serves: 4
Prep time:5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Orange skin – 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind – a big gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 1 tbsp
  • Jaggery – 2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water – as required ( I used 1 cup)
To temper
  • Sesame Oil  / gingely oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1 no
  • Red chilli - 1 no
  • Curry leaves - Few
  1. Wash and chop orange skin into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper all the ingredients given under “To Temper”.
  3. Saute orange skin for a minute. Add sambar powder and mix well in low flame.
  4. Add tamarind extract, salt, turmeric powder, jaggery and boil till gravy thickens & oil floats on top.
  5. Serve hot with plain rice adding sesame oil.
  • Wash and chop orange skin into small pieces. Set aside. Soak tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes and take the extract with 1 cup of water. Keep it ready.
    Orange peel kuzhambu
  • Heat oil in a kadai.Splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds, urad dal, pinched red chilli, slit green chilli, curry leaves. Add the orange pieces. Saute for a minute till it becomes soft.( Actually I forgot to add orange pieces along with seasoning.So I sautéed it separately and added to tamarind extract.Hence the stepwise pictures distract from the instructions).
    Orange peel kuzhambu
  • Add sambar powder, saute in very low flame for few seconds.Quickly add 1 cup of tamarind extract, turmeric powder, salt and jaggery. Mix well, check for taste. Add more water, sambar powder if needed. Roll boil the kuzhambu till  orange pieces cook and oil starts to float on top. Remember, this kuzhambu thickens once it cool down completely. So do not boil till too thick. Remove when its semi gravy.
    Orange peel kuzhambu
  • Transfer the kuzhambu to a bowl and serve hot with plain rice. Top with sesame oil for more flavor and taste.
    Orange peel kuzhambu

    Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per the tanginess of tamarind.
  • Do not add more orange pieces, it may make the gravy bitter in taste.
  • Adjust the quantity of water based on the consistency you like.

Try this easy, yummy Orange skin kuzhambu just for a change and enjoy with plain rice topped with sesame oil. Serve with any kootu and papad !
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Sangeetha Nambi said...

Wow ! Looks so tempting ! Definitely going to try this !

Chitra said...

Thank you Sangeetha :)

Suja Manoj said...

New to me,sounds flavorful and yummy.

Lak said...

Tried it, came out well, tasted good!!

Chitra said...

Glad to hear that. Thanks for the positive feedback :)

Unknown said...

Ma'am...i have kinnaur oranges...can i use that to cook ?

Chitra said...

Yes, you can use it. I saw the pictures, it resembles the same as usual orange. Hope its skin doesn't taste bitter.