Hello Beautiful People!
Have I every told you how much I love fresh vegetables and produce? I love walking to my near by vegetable vendor, just to see what he has new! Some times I am pleasantly surprised by the riot of colours and aroma at the shop. The red bell peppers, the smell of fresh mint and lemons, Green spinach , ruby red beetroots and so much more. In all, its a wonderful experience every time I go there. Off late I have been buying my vegetables and groceries online. There is an amazing organic store online named Healthy Buddha . Every week, I place an order with them for my organic vegetables and produce. They also have a wide variety of organic flour and rice. So if you are like me and you are particular about what you eat and feed your family then I suggest you take a look at their website. Now maybe its just a mental state of mind, but I find that organic vegetables just taste better! And NO , THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED.
As this post is about so many vegetables going into one dish, I thought why not share. Thats all.
Now coming back to this recipe. This recipe is like my all time favourite go to recipe. Infact anything can be made into a “Thoran” . The word “Thoran” basically refers to any vegetables or greens that is cooked with freshly grated coconut and a “tempering” which means mustard seeds and a few other aromatics and spices fried in some good old healthy coconut oil . So simple right? Well this dish is also a big yes on the Sadhya leaf . Onam reminds me of all the good food that my body once enjoyed and now for some weird reason I have only at my mums place. I think I will make it a habit to make these often because honestly they don’t take too much time to cook and yes any sort of food has prep work so why discriminate right?
The blog is for me about pushing my boundaries and trying new and innovative food ideas, but this section is dedicated to Onam.
So yes once in a while I love going back to my roots and eating and sharing all that i grew up on. Now this Thoran / Stir Fry, is made with a trio of vegetables but you can make them individually as well. I mean you can make a carrot thoran, a beans thoran and cabbage thoran too. But personally the three together make the best side dish ever. Ok now to get to the recipe!
- Grated Coconut - 1 cup
- Shallots - 4
- Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
- Green Chillies - 2
- Garlic - 4 cloves
- Coconut Oil - 3 tbsp
- Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
- Curry Leaves - 1 bunch ( 10)
- Dried Chillies - 3
- Black Split Gram - 1 tsp
- Cabbage - 4 cups ( grated )
- Carrots - 3 cups ( grated)
- Beans - 1 cup ( sliced very fine )
- Green Chillies - 1 ( sliced fine)
- Firstly in your blender bowl add the coconut, garlic, green chillies, shallots, cumin seeds and give a mix. Blend to make a coarse paste
- Now in a large heavy bottom wok, add the coconut oil. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and when the seeds begin to crackle, add the curry leaves, dried chillies and back split gram
- Once the black gram becomes a light golden colour add the cabbage, carrots and beans
- Then add the ground coconut paste and salt and cover for 3 mins
- Finally add the green chillies and cook on high till the vegetables are cooked
- Take it off the flame and serve right away
- A good thoran will not be chunky and will be cooked but the grated vegetables will hold their shape
- Try not leaving the wok while cooking
- Since the vegetables are grated they tend to burn fast
- adjust salt in accordance to your taste
- Reduce green chillies if you do not like the heat