banana peel thoran recipe | banana peel recipe

I made this Banana peel thoran after I had made the raw banana chips. A nice way to use the peels, instead of throwing them away.

The banana peel thoran recipe is simple but too delicious. If you have had cooked raw banana, then you can easily know the taste and flavors in this thoran.

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banana peel thoran

Since I a big fan of coconut in any dish, I just had the thoran with some steamed rice without even taking the accompanying dal fry. It was a comforting and satisfying meal.

This is not the traditional way of making this banana peel thoran. generally, fresh coconut is coarsely ground with cumin and green chilies. I have used desiccated coconut powder. Hence have not ground fresh coconut.

So the next time, when you make any dish with raw unripe bananas, don’t throw away the peels. Try making this thoran instead 🙂

banana peel thoran recipe

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banana peel thoran

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Kerala style banana peel thoran is a delicious stir fried dish made with banana peels, spices and coconut.
banana peel thoran recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:kerala,south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • peels removed from 4 medium bananas
  • 1 small onion or 2-3 shallots - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 dry red chili, kept whole (sookhi lal mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 3 tablespoon dessicated coconut or freshly grated coconut
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • salt as required


preparation to make banana peel thoran

  • First rinse the bananas. When removing the peels, soak them in a bowl of water, so that they don't darken.
  • You can also soak them in water in which about 1/4 tsp turmeric powder is added.
  • Slice the black dark spots from the peels if there are any and chop them finely.

making banana peel thoran

  • Heat oil in a pan. First crackle the mustard seeds.
  • Add the chopped onion or shallots. Saute till the onions are transparent.
  • Now add the red chili, green chili, cumin powder, asafoetida/hing, and curry leaves.
  • Saute for some seconds. Add the turmeric powder and stir.
  • Add the banana peels and the coconut.
  • If using fresh coconut, then coarsely ground the grated coconut, green chilies and cumin seeds and add it at this stage.
  • Sprinkle salt and stir. Add about 1/4 or 1/2 cup water. Cover the pan and let the peels cook till they are done.
  • Check in between to see the doneness and also to see if the thoran has not dried up whilst cooking.
  • Add some more water if required if the peels are still not done and cover and cook further.
  • When the peels are cooked and if there is some moisture or water in the pan, then just dry it on low flame.
  • Serve the banana peel thoran hot with some steamed rice, accompanied with dal, sambar and rasam.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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9 comments/reviews

  1. Is this usually made with green banana peels or ripe yellow peels? Can either be used?

    • Sasa, its made with unripe green banana peels. ripe yellow banana peels cannot be used.

  2. This recipe is so delicious!!!
    I made it the first time as an experiment to cut down on all the waste I produce with my obsession for bananas.
    then made it for the second, third and fourth time because it is delicious!!!

    I go a bit more easy than you on the mustard seeds as they are a bit too pungent for me.

    • thankyou mietal 🙂 glad to know you liked the banana peel thoran.

  3. Nice recipe. I Love bananas.5 stars

  4. If I peel the bananas in the morning, will the peels brown by the time I want to make this for dinner? Is there a way to store them to keep the peels fresh?

    • yes the peels will brown. soak them in salted water and keep covered in the fridge. they won’t brown then.

  5. I use a lot of veg and fruit so end up with lots of peel etc great way to cut down on waste thanks a million I am looking forward to trying these oh any use for pineapple peel

    • in some cuisines of india, there are recipes where the peels are used. for eg i make this raw unripe banana peel thoran –
      similarly recipes from other veggie peels are also made. you can search on the web and you will get a recipe from a particular indian cuisines. i do not know what can be made from pineapple peels.