Orange, our favourite fruit this winter and most winters while they are in abundance find our way into our daily routine. Most of us eat oranges as a snack or if we miss breakfast, we grab an orange on the way to eat while commuting. A powerful antioxidant for the body is Vitamin C of which oranges are packed with, along with fiber, vitamin B, potassium and calcium among other nutrients. The peel of oranges are packed with nutrients too, but most of us throw them away. The peel can be used in cooking/baking thereby extracting the maximum benefits that oranges can provide.
Orange trees are the most cultivated fruit trees in the world. Oranges are a popular fruit because of their natural sweetness, the wide variety of types and diversity of uses - from juices and marmalades to face masks and candied orange slices. Due to their availability in the market all-round the year, oranges are the most common citrus fruits consumed in India. In India, Nagpur Oranges are famous and available across India during this season.
In this article, we would like to show you how Oranges can be beneficially used in the dishes we prepare at home, thereby maximizing the nutritional value of our meal. An orange is a versatile ingredient that can add a nice sweet kick to a spicy dish like a rasam or a tangy flavour to a sweet dish like a cake.
So, here are a few tried and tested dishes which are popular and one that we encourage you to prepare this season.
1. Savoury Dishes with Oranges
Here's a collection of dishes in which Oranges are added to provide the sweet and sour taste, thereby enhancing the flavour. In each of these recipes, we show you how an orange can be utilized as a whole in the form of the peel/rind, juice and the flesh of the fruit. Orange Rasam with its tangy flavours to Asian Style Tofu in Spicy Orange sauce we have presented to you a wide range of savoury dishes to choose from.
2. Sweet Dishes with Oranges
Oranges added to sweet dishes is not something new. Oranges are one of the oldest fruits that have been around, almost since the 2500 BC and introduced to cooking during the medieval ages. So here are a few recipes from our collection, a deliciously zesty Navel Orange Marmalade, a Carrot and Orange loaf cake that can be eaten as a snack along with tea to a wonderfully wobbly Burnt Orange Panna Cotta and more, that will add the kick of tanginess to the desserts/sweet dishes to make your meals with your family and friends more memorable.