September 17, 2011

Kaayatholi /Banana Peel Thoran

For Onam, when I planned to make banana chips, it was two recipes in one shot. The left over banana peel is made into a thoran. Frankly I was more interested in the peel than the chips. It has been a long time since I had the thoran with the peel. Back in Kerala, we can get banana peels from any of the shops frying the chips.  The peel of the nenthran variety is very thick and tastes good. I usually pair it with black eyed beans/vellapayar. This time, I didn't have it in my pantry and used whole moong. It also tasted delicious. It is a simple preparation that goes well as a side for rice with sambhar/morkootan.

You need
  • Banana peel of 4 bananas
  • Whole moong - 1/4 cup
  • Green chilly -1 
  • Coconut - 2 tblspn
  • Turmeric a pinch
  • Salt to taste
To temper
  • Oil - 1 tspn
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tspn
  • Dried red chilli - 1 nos
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Chop the peel into bite sized pieces. Soak it for few minutes, in water with a tablespoon of buttermilk added to it. This will help to remove the stickiness and avoid discoloration. Drain and add washed whole moong, turmeric and salt. Add enough water just to cover it. I usually pressure cook for 2 whistles. The peel doesn't turn mushy.  Pulse the coconut and green chilly. Don't add water. It should be coarsely ground.

Heat oil in a kadai. When hot, add the mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add the red chilli, broken into two and curry leaves. Add the cooked peel and moong. Give a gentle stir. Add the ground coconut-green chilly. Cover and cook for a minute.  Remove from fire.


  1. I make fritters with the peel,this is such a nice way to use the peels..

  2. This is one of my favorite thorans...but since Nenthankai is not available readily it's become a rarity...How come you get these in Pune?

  3. Healthy and inviting thoran, lovely..

  4. @Kaveri, I got it during Onam. Stores which stock Kerala spl veggies get it during the season.

  5. Healthy and delicious thoran...

  6. We call it the the day-before-the-feast dish and it is common for Onam and wedding occassions esp during the night-feast.

  7. Mouthwatering here, inviting fry...

  8. Delicious looking thoran dear. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Nice recipe...Good way to use the peel...

  10. Looks delicious and healthy. Nice way to use the waste of veggie.

  11. hi..first time on ur blog thru food world red chillies. love this curry though we never hv used moong dhal in it.wil try with this variation! happy to follow ur space. Pls visit my blog and join me too! I need the encouragement and support of all you fellow bloggers:-)

  12. I never thought the peel can be cooked! What a brilliant idea and the curry sounds tasty!

  13. wow..thats such gr8 and innovate recipe..i never ever tried any dish from banana peel...good job..must try..


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