Broccoli thoran or stir fry, a perfect vegetarian side dish…
Thoran (in Malayalam) is a vegetarian side dish that’s popular in Kerala cuisine. Literally, any kind of veggies can be used for making thoran. It is served as a side dish along with rice for lunch.
In my parents house, thorans are served almost everyday for lunch along with veg and non-veg dishes. Last weekend, I made a typical Kerala style lunch, served shrimp curry and broccoli thoran or stir fry along with rosematta or palakad matta rice. This was the first time I’d tried making thoran with broccoli, and guess what? I loved it. Usually, grated coconut combined with some spices are added to thoran. However, I made broccoli thoran without the addition of coconut.
- Oil- 1 tbsp
- Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
- Chana dal- ½ tbsp
- Urad dal- ½ tbsp
- Whole dry red chilies- 2
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Onion, chopped- 1
- Broccoli, chopped very small- 1 head
- Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
- Chili powder- 1 tsp
- Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
- Salt- to taste
- Water- ¼ cup
- Finely chop the broccoli in a food processor or chop very small using a knife.
- Place a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil.
- When the oil turns hot, add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
- First add chana dal, saute till it starts to turn light golden. Then, add urad dal, saute till both dals turn golden brown in color.
- Add dry red chilies and curry leaves, saute for a couple of seconds.
- Add onion, season with salt, stir fry till light golden in color.
- Add chopped broccoli, combine well.
- Add ¼ cup water, cook covered till broccoli has cooked.
- Open the lid, add turmeric powder, chili powder and coriander powder, combine well.
- Stir fry till the water dries off.
- Taste and add more salt if needed.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Serve as a side dish along with rice and your favorite curry.