It is primarily creative to make something out of waste, may it be from materials or the waste of food items. Vegetables have mostly been considered as healthy for our body based on their nutrient contents, but what of the peels of them that we throw out regularly? Here a question arises, are the peels nutritious like the vegetables? And the answer is a surprising yes! Peels come to our rescue mostly when we are confused about what to make with the lack of vegetables in the kitchen. Therefore, with the joy of eating and creating, let’s put the peels to use to make dishes yummier.
1. Stir Fry Bottle Gourd Peels
The bottle gourd peels have a smooth and creamy texture and are fried with sliced potatoes with a few kalonji seeds and salt; they can be eaten with rice or chapatis for our daily meal. With its rich contents of vitamins and minerals, it is satisfactory and can be easily homemade.
2. Bottle Gourd Peel Chutney
Chopped and cleaned bottle gourd peels along with tomatoes, mustard seeds, chilies, mustard oil, fenugreek seeds, white urad dal, hing, coriander leaves, and a spoon of tamarind paste makes for a chutney that can be stored and readily served with hot dosas and idlis.
3. Peas and Peels Stir Fry
Peas and Peels Stir Fry is an exciting combination made easily with chopped spring onions, onions, chilies, peas, and pea peels with panch phoran masala to add to its fantastic taste. It is surprisingly a healthy dish with low oil content and no fat calories. Moreover, it can be served hot with parathas.
4. Bitter Gourd Peel Puri
With the healthiness of whole wheat flour and gram flour mixed with finely chopped bitter gourd peels, ajwain seeds, and coriander powder, a round and crispy puri is made. It can be served with hot and spicy potato curry or raita of our choice as a daily meal.
5. Raw Banana Peel with Green Moong Dal Kootu
Raw Banana Peel with Green Moong Dal Kootu is a beautiful dish made with chopped raw banana peels and whole green boiled moong dal. Grated coconut, chilies, ginger, poppy seeds, roasted gram dal, coriander leaves, and cinnamon are added to bring out the flavors in the dish. It can be quickly served with hot steamed rice for a wholesome meal.
6. Mixed Vegetables and Vegetable Peels Soup
Slightly sauteed vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beans, or spinach with their chopped peels can make the tastiest of soups. Blended smooth with salt and sugar to taste can be served with dollops of fresh cream and fresh mixed herbs for a healthy and yummy snack.
7. Vegetable Peel chips
Peels of potatoes, carrots, and bananas are tossed and dip fried with salt or baked with olive oil. Garlic powder, oregano, or red chili flakes are added to give it a seasonal flavoring. Quickly served with salads can be your healthy craving for months or can be done with hot and spicy tomato sauce.
8. Vegetable Peel Pakora
Vegetable Peel Pakora is a fantastic snack made from scratch. Freshly washed and chopped peels of carrots, peas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes are mixed with finely chopped onions, garlic, spring onions, and chilies. Cumin seeds, garam masala, and gram flour are added for taste and crispiness.
9. Vegetable Peel And Feta Loaf
Washed peels of potato, sweet potato, and carrots are used with feta cubes, thyme, parsley, and green shallots are baked with flour to create a healthy dish. A hot serving of the loaf with a spicy and tangy tomato sauce calls for a party evening with chilled drinks.
10. Carrot Peels Pickle
Freshly washed carrot peels are mixed with chilies, salt, and star anise to make a spicy pickle to serve with hot parathas or rice as a meal. It can be stored for months and is easy to make at home with the nutritious value of carrot peels without throwing them away.
11. Carrot Peel Fritters
In a cup of gram flour mixed with egg, salt, pepper, and ajwain washed and chopped carrot peels are added and deep fried to make crispy fritters. With a bowl of spicy chili-garlic sauce, it attracts the foodie within us for a fantastic evening snack. Moreover, extra spices can be added for various required flavors.
12. Ridge Gourd Peel Sabji
Ridge gourd peels thinly cut and washed, sauteed in coconut oil with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilies, and curry leaves added with grated coconut, jaggery, and tamarind paste to make a spicy curry. It can be quickly served with chapatis or hot steamed rice.
13. Pumpkin Peel Flour Cookies
Pumpkin peels dried and ground into flour mixed with wheat, milk powder, sugar, butter, and baking powder is used to make tasty cookies that can be enjoyed with hot tea. It is healthy and can be fed to children quickly in the disguise of cookies with their favorite chocolate drink.
14. Vegetable Peels Smoothie
With their nutritious values, peels of potatoes, beetroot, carrots, and cucumber can be cubed into pieces and blended with milk and sugar or mint and brown salt for smoothies. Smoothies are easy to make and keep our hunger at bay with their highly packed nutritions and help in reducing problems of skin and hair and detoxifying the body.
15. Carrot Peel Pesto
Carrot peels blended with chopped toasted walnuts, grated parmesan cheese, clove garlic, kosher salt, and virgin olive oil make a smooth pesto to be tossed with pasta. Moreover, thinly made, it can be used in sandwiches and as a spread on crostini.
16. Carrot Peel Cake
Carrot peels can be baked mixed with sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, flour, baking powder, and greek yogurt with a tablespoon of vanilla extract. For adding flavors to the cake, raisins, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and sea salt are mixed with the base baking mixture.
17. Bottle Gourd Peel Kebabs
Mixed with onion and spices like Kashmiri chilies, cloves, elaichi, cinnamon, black pepper, bay leaf, overnight soaked chana dal, and roasted besan bottle gourd peels are deep fried in the shape of kebabs. It can be enjoyed with spicy red chilly tomato sauce for yummy snack cravings.
18. Cucumber Peel Raita
Cubed cucumber and their peels with chopped onions, salt mixed with curd, and garnished with leaves of coriander or curry leaves can soothe our stomachs in the hot summers. It is quickly served as a side dish with biriyani or chapati and potato curry. Moreover, it is perfect for health with the coolness of cucumbers.
19. Beetroot Peel Pancakes
Beetroot peels paste mixed with idli or dosa ready batter, curd, cooking soda, grated beetroot, grated carrot, ginger and garlic paste, chopped chilies, coriander leaves, cumin powder, and lemon juice makes fluffy pancakes. A healthy dish can be enjoyed as a meal or snack.
20. Ridge Gourd Peel Dosa
Urad dal, rice flour, curry leaves, chilies, ginger, and salt with the clean and blended ridge gourd peels make the softest and healthiest of dosas. It can be quickly served with homemade coconut or ginger chutney for breakfast or can be packed for lunch in a box.