Cabbage Coconut Indian Kerala Kerala Thoran Vegetarian

Kerala Style Cabbage Thoran- Stir fry With Coconut, Vegetarian Side Dish

Cabbage thoran or stir fry with coconut, vegetarian side dish…

This is a traditional South Indian dish that originates from the state of Kerala. It is a stir-fry preparation made with cabbage, coconut, and spices.

Thoran is a popular side dish in Kerala cuisine and is typically served with rice and other main dishes. Thoran can be made with literally any kind of vegetable or mixed vegetables.

Kerala Style Cabbage Thoran- Stir fry With Coconut, Vegetarian Side Dish
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
To grind
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Garlic- 1 large clove
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Water- ¼ cup
For cooking
  • Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies, halved- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Green chilies, halved- 1 or 2
  • Cabbage, shredded- ½ of a cabbage
  • Water- ¼ cup
  • Salt- 1½ tsp
  1. In a blender, grind the above-mentioned ingredients to a coarse paste. Keep it aside.
  2. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add oil, let turn hot.
  3. Add mustard seeds, let splutter.
  4. Add dried red chilies & curry leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  5. Add chopped onion & green chilies, season with 1 tsp salt; saute till translucent.
  6. Add the shredded cabbage, combine well & add ¼ cup water.
  7. Cook covered for a few minutes till the cabbage has turned soft.
  8. Open the lid & add the ground coconut, combine well.
  9. Add ½ tsp more salt, combine well.
  10. Cook over high heat for a few minutes till the raw smell of coconut & garlic goes away & the cabbage starts to turn light golden brown in color.
  11. Take the pan off the heat.
  12. Serve the cabbage thoran in a bowl.
  13. In Kerala, this is served as a side dish along with rice for lunch, can also be enjoyed with chapati.
Instead of cabbage, any kind of vegetables like green beans, okra, carrot, beetroot, swiss chard, beetroot leaves, moringa leaves can be added, or add mixed vegetables.



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