Orange Peel Gojju


As many of us know Orange peels(Kittale hannu-Orange  sippe-peel  in kannada) in India are sun-dried and powdered and stored. Used as a face scrub or mixed with oil and applied for hair. Besides these uses there is one more use to orange peels, making gojju with it. This time when I visited Mysore(India), in one of the TV shows they showed the recipe. One of my Aunt tried this one and it was delicious.

So last week I had found some nice skin oranges brought home and made some gojju using the peels.Gojju is a kannada name for its tangy,sweet and spicy curry. It tastes good with dosa, chapathi and rotti.

For some of you wondering how would it taste, it like bittergourd gojju but not bitter. Try it friends and let me know.

Peels can be stored in ziplock bags in refrigarator for months.

Here is the Ingredients and recipe.

  • Orange peel – Of 1 orange
  • Red onion- One small

For tempering:

  • Oil – 1tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds- 1tsb 


  • Tamarind paste – 1tsp
  • Red chilli pwd – 1-2 tbs (I used Sambar powder along with chilli powder. Can add or leave sambar pwd)
  • Jaggery – 3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste.


  1. First peel the orange and chop very finely, remove the white part as much as possible.
  2. Put the chopped peels in a hot water for about 10 mins.(Take water in a pot bring it boil and swith off add chopped orange peel leave it for 10 mins).Orange peels become soft after this.
  3. Do the tempering in another vessel, heat oil add mustard add soaked orange peels and fry for 5 mins till its soft, add onions and fry for few more mins until its tranlucent.
  4. Then add tamarind water, spices , jaggery and salt, adjust to taste. Add enough water bring it to boil. Simmer down and let it cook and peels will soak up all the spices . After 10-15 mins swith off and let it rest for 5 more mins.
  5. *Can add roast dalia dal powdered to this gojju, at the very end and mix it for better consisitancy.

Variation :After soaking the peels in hot water, Can used for making sweet jams.

Its ready……Enjoy !



This is my recipe to AFAM hosted by Sharmi of Neivedyam


21 Responses to “Orange Peel Gojju”

  1. Suganya Says:

    Its sweet and slightly bitter and I love it with curd rice. Thx for reminding me of this recipe!
    Sonuds great with curds have to try it next time. Thanks for the suggestion…

  2. sia Says:

    i remember eating this with curds. its been ages since i had this. thanks for the recipe and reminder 🙂
    Wow curds sounda great….Do post it .will like know your recipe. Thanks Sia.

  3. roopa Says:

    wow yummy! i love this gojju looks tempting and delicious.
    Thanks Roopa.

  4. Asha Says:

    Madhu,I have never tried it but have heard about this from Mythili’s blog.
    Looks great and so delicious.I will try with 1 orange first and see how I like it.I don’t Hagalkai taste,this must be bitter too.
    Do try it Asha, you might like this one, its not bitter at all…….texture is like bitter gourd.

  5. Aruna Says:

    Ruchi, Couldnt imagine a gooju with Orange sippe until now, looks delicious 🙂 Neevu namma Mysoorinavara? Glad to hear that.
    Hi Aruna, I am a Mysore girl, Try it you’ll know how it tastes….

  6. Richa Says:

    such a new recipe for me, looks yum!
    have read about the nutrition aspect of these orange peels 🙂
    thanks Richa, do give it a try….

  7. Vani Says:

    Hey, good to see you back, Madhu! Hope you had fun in Mysore. The orange sippe gojju looks delicious! The texture seems like haagalkayi gojju.
    Thanks vani, It was so good to be at home. 5 months was so fast…….It does taste similar to hagalakayi but not bitter, do give it a try.

  8. anusharaji Says:

    i never thought somebody can cook with the peel 🙂
    strange but looks yummy 🙂
    tv makes us do many things huh 🙂
    Yes sometime when you see it and can’t imagine the taste have to cook and taste it. This is one of the recipes i wanted to try it. Thanks Anu….

  9. sharmi Says:

    that one is a real different recipe and looks so mouthwatering. I will not waste the peel here on. what is its shelf life?
    when are you emailing me?
    Will be sending you the entry soon …….

  10. Asha Says:

    Madhu,just heard on TV that you have the LONGEST day today!! Have fun and enjoy the bright day darling.Hugs:))
    Thanks Asha …..You too have a nice day.

  11. Lakshmi Says:

    I never thought that orange sippe can be used to make gojju. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will keep this in mind when i buy oranges next time.
    Something different from usual gojju, do try it and let me know how you liked it.

  12. Namratha Says:

    Hey this looks awesome Madhu, just a few days back while eating oranges I was wondering what I could make with them antha…this is such a good recipe. Next time I will remember to save those peels and try this gojju:)
    Try it Namratha and please let me know how you liked it.

  13. Chhaya Says:

    Hi Madhu !
    I love making gojjus and this sounds like a very innovative recipe ! cant wait to try it 🙂 Nice site, by the way !

  14. vidya Says:

    Hi, All,

    People, I could do with some help on bittergourd recipes other than gojju ,Hagalakayindu Reee: Nange gotthirodu bari gojju asthe .



    The only dish I know to make with Bittergourd is gojju too. You can do stuffing (like stuffing brinjal) or do like chips. Google for some recipes and try it. Thanks

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