Sunday, 27 January 2013

Thoran...from God's own country

Kerala...God’s own country...if you haven’t been there, you may just consider it a tagline for promoting tourismif you have been there, you know why it’s called thatbackwaters, beaches, tea estates, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, ayurveda, spices, coconuts and the foooodOMG the die forThoran in layman’s (which includes me!!) term is a dry vegetable dish, stir fried with grated or shredded coconutlike I have mentioned (several times) before – never liked veggies as a kidmom in an effort to make me eat (French/green) beans started adding a little coconut instead of the typical Punjabi "pyaaz tamatar masala"and since then that is the only way I can eat beansbeetroot and corn are the latest additions to my love affair with thoranmix n match ingredients from the three recipes written below...adjust quantities according to your taste...use other veggies like carrots, cabbage, pumpkin, raw papaya or even chickenkeep the veggies slightly crunchy or cook them till they are well doneexperiment...have fun...they are perfect served hot with roti or with dal & rice or even served cold as salad with a squeeze of lemonand if you get a chance to visit Kerala, do try eating this with thousand other things on offer including fresh fish and prawns caught & made for you on the houseboat, while floating through the backwaters or at a beach, while watching the sunsetin God’s own country...

Beetroot Thoran (Beets Stir Fried w/Coconut)


  • Beetroot, grated, about a cup 
  • Onions, finely sliced, about ¼  cup
  • Mustard seeds, ½ tsp
  • Fresh curry leaves, 6-7
  • Green chillies, finely chopped, 1-2
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Coconut, grated or shredded, 4-5 tbsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp


Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. 

When the mustard seeds start spluttering, add the curry leaves, green chillies and onions. Stir well. 

When the onions go soft (don’t let them turn brown) , add the beetroot and salt.

Cook covered on low flame till the beetroot is cooked. Sprinkle with a little water if required.

Add in almost all of grated coconut – mix well and cook covered for another couple of minutes.

Top with the leftover grated coconut.Done!!

(Recipe moved here)

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