Banana Skin & Coconut Curry

Cooking time
Serves2-4 people
Vegetarians Vegans Gluten-free diets
Banana Skin & Coconut Curry

Love your leftovers, even banana skins. Based on a South Indian thoran, this dry curry cooks finely sliced banana peels with sweet desiccated coconut and plenty of hot spices to make a fiery curry that's full of flavour.

2 ratings
layout 1 comment


  • 2 banana peels
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • 1 onion
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1-2 chillies
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried curry leaves
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • Steamed rice or roti, to serve
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • Yogurt or dairy-free coconut yogurt, to serve

Prep: 10 mins + soaking | Cook: 20 mins

Buy the ingredients to start making your own
Add Ingredients To Basket


1. Pop the banana skins in a bowl of water with ¼ tsp of the turmeric and soak for at least 30 mins, or for a few hours. If you're peeling the bananas for breakfast or a smoothie, you can leave the banana skins in a bowl of water for 6-8 hrs, then use the skins to make dinner.
2. Peel and finely slice the onion. Peel and grate the ginger. Finely chop 1-2 chillies, depending on how spicy you like your food. For a milder flavour, use 1 chilli and scoop out the white pith before chopping. For a hotter dish, use 2 chillies (green chillies are ideal) and leave the seeds and white pith in.
3. Drain the banana skins and finely slice them, chopping off any woody ends or very black spots.
4. Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil in a deep frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, cumin seeds and ¼ tsp ground black pepper with the remaining turmeric and sizzle, stirring, for 30 secs. Add the ginger and chilli and sizzle, stirring, for another 30 secs.
5. Add the onion, banana skins and the desiccated coconut with a pinch of salt. Cook and stir for 2-3 mins, till the desiccated coconut is starting to brown and become sticky.
6. Pour in 300ml water and simmer for 10-15 mins till the banana skins are tender and the dish is fairly dry. Taste and add a pinch more salt, if you think it needs it. Serve the banana skin and coconut curry with freshly cooked rice or warm rotis for scooping. Finish with a spoonful of cooling yogurt (dairy or coconut) and a garnish of coriander leaves.
Shopping List
Add main ingredients to basket
Kitchen Cupboard
Add cupboard ingredients to basket
Enjoy With
Add extra ingredients to basket

Make a list of your favourite things by clicking on the heart. This will come in handy when placing your orders.

Start your favourites list now New to Abel & Cole? Sign up here

Back to the shop




Definitely one for the curious! Quite liked the recipe, although was nearly disappointed that the banana peel was mostly covered by the other ingredients. Nice flavour though, and I did like the peel's consistency. I am eating bananas too frequently to make this a regular 'no-waste' meal, but will keep it in mind to make again (maybe with an added banana skin next time).