Orange peel and onion instant pickle

instant pickle orange peel and onion

Right, I am sure you are wondering how come I have recipes back to back with discarded parts of vegetables. Well, I always have taken care to see if I can use produce to its best. To tell you the truth, I have a huge collection of recipes that I do make with them. Plus it is always been the way so in hardly think of it as a chore.

Using up the orange peels

Oranges and bananas are perhaps the two fruit that we go through in our house very quickly throughout the week. Of course, the banana peels are loved by my vermicompost bin but orange peels pile up so quickly as well. Knowing that they are rich in vitamin A , Folate, B6 and calcium I really don like the idea of them ending up much in the bin, but, there is only so much peel I can zest and there are no takers in my house for candied ones. So need a come around with one that I am sure will get consumed especially in these winter months for that extra preventive protection. 

Instant pickle

Since my household loves instant mango pickle, apple pickle the instant pickle was the way to go to get these orange peels to the easily edible state.

Try these instant achar recipes as well

Green apple pickle

Nurukku maanga achar.

Young ginger pickle

Since I planned to use this pickle with sattu parathas this week, added in some sliced onions too. I wanted that laccha pyaaz feel as well. 

Here is the recipe for Sattu paratha 

The zesty feel of the orange peel neutralized the sharp bite of the red onion and that was refreshing g combination together with the heat from the chillies. The achar flavours are amalgamated by the hot oil poured over them. The flavour that the oil carried was amazing as well.

Save this recipe and you can use it as and when you get some orange peels. Hope you like it.

pickle with sliced orange peel and onion

The ingredients in this recipe being orange peels and onions, they are the perfect fit for this month’s A to Z challenge. The bloggers of this group work on creating a collection of recipes, based on the alphabetically chosen ingredient. This month we are working in the alphabet O with ingredients like olives onion, oregano, oranges, olive oil etc. These challenges are exciting to create new recipe profiles and enhance each other’s culinary creations.

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instnat pickle with orange peel and onion

instant pickle orange peel and onion

Orange peel and onion pickle

Instant pickle with no waste of the orange peels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Pickles
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, One pot, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 20 tbsp


  • 1/4 cup orange peel sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup red onion sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp fenugreek powder
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds crushed
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp Sesame oil


  • Wash clean and slice thinly the onion and the orange peel and add to a mixing bowl.
  • Clean and thinly slice the garlic to the bowl and toss well.
  • In a small pan heat the oil on a low heat.
  • Add the asafoetida, mustard seeds, fenugreek seed powder and chilli powder allow it to release a strong aroma.
  • Remove from heat and add the curry leaves and turmeric powder.
  • Pour this hot achar mix over the onion and orange peel mix.
  • Mix in the salt, lemon juice.
  • Mix the achar well and keep for 5 minutes.
  • The pickle is now ready to serve
    instant pickle orange peel and onion


Clean the orange peel well before using. If you have access to peel which are from farms that do not spray pesticides on the fruit, use them as they are safer.
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Shobha Keshwani
3 years ago

Very different combo in a pickle. I am sure the orange peel must be giving the pickle a lovely flavour.

Mayuri Patel
3 years ago

This is an interesting pickle recipe Seema. Using orange peel and onion, must be so tasty. I once made an orange peel chutney, but this sounds way more interesting.Can’t wait to get some oranges to try this recipe.

Niranjana Sankaranarayanan
3 years ago

Instant pickles are always my choice to make. I usually make orange peel chutney & gothsu. This one is a different one and loved the combination.

The Girl Next Door
3 years ago

Wow, wow, wow! The pickle looks absolutely brilliant! Fantastic way to reuse kitchen scraps. Kudos to you.

I make Pachadi from orange peel too, but this is super duper!

Sujata Roy
3 years ago

Onion and orange peel instant pickle is completely new to me. So innovative recipe. I can imagine the flavour and lipsmacking taste. I would love to try it sometime.

3 years ago

my husband is a pickle fan, we usually make gojju with orange peel. but this pickle with onion n garlic sounds so delicious.. will give it a try soon !

Vidya Narayan
3 years ago

Orange Peels are amazing and your pickle is the best example of limiting wastage. This would taste amazing with parathas or specifically theplas.

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
3 years ago

What an achar to make! I love bitter orange marmalade from Bonne Mamman along with thickish butter on my toast, so I guess this achar will go well with me as well…

3 years ago

This is such an interesting combo that I must try it. I have had orange peel pickle that my friend makes but that does not have the complex flavours you have built. This is a lovely recipe.

3 years ago

The orange peels pickle looks really nice , I can imagine the citrus flavors, would be delicious. Great recipe.

3 years ago

Instant pickle or chutneys are always my first choice. The peel pickle absolutely delicious. Totally new to me but sounds really interesting. Such an creative idea!

3 years ago

Orange peel onion pickle looks too tempting Seema. Added bonus is this is quick and instant recipe which can be prepared quickly.

Anshu Agrawal
Anshu Agrawal
3 years ago

Wow, such an innovative idea to use orangr peel. Just loved all the combinations of this pickle orange, onion garlic, what can be wrong about this. Just mouthwatering. M a huge fan of pickles. Just went through your apple pickle recipe as well. Will definitely give it a try.Awesome share

Poonam Bachhav
3 years ago

Orange peel and onion combo in a pickle sounds very interesting to me. My mouth is salivating as I read the post. Bookmarking the recipe to give it a try as soon as the oranges begin to appear in markets. Thanks for the healthy and flavorful share Seema .

3 years ago

How long will this last Pls and do I need to keep in the Fridge?

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