Any meal in Kerala is incomplete without a vegetable stir fry. There are 2 most popular types of these stir fries. It could be ‘Thoran’, which is basically veggie seasoned with a coconut ground mixture. The other is called ‘Mizhukkupurattiyathu’/’Mizhukkuparatti’. This is a more simple style of preparation which doesn’t use any kind of spices. I will post the recipe of one of those in the coming days.
Here I have made carrot thoran. One of the easiest and fastest recipes. Thoran is usually made with vegetables like carrot, beans, long beans, cabbage, okra, beetroot etc. Now that is also because these are mostly the vegetables that are commonly available in Kerala/India. There are very slight variations when using different vegetables. For instance, beet and carrot is grated and the other vegetables are chopped finely. Similarly, when using cabbage, you also put ginger and turmeric powder. Anyway, after coming here, I have made thoran using grated broccoli and asparagus too. They also taste equally good 🙂
Carrot – 2 nos.
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste(apprx. ¼ tsp)
Grated coconut – 1/3 cup
Shallots – 5 nos
Garlic – 2 medium pods
Green chilli – 2 nos
Curry leaves – 8-10 leaves
Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
1. Grate carrot and keep aside. In a pan, heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add grated carrot to it.
2. Sprinkle some water on the carrot. Also add salt at this time. Cover and cook till carrot is soft.
3. Meanwhile, grind all the ingredients in the ‘To grind’ section in a mixie/blender using very little water(about 1 tbsp). The ground mixture should be mostly dry and not watery.
4. Once carrot becomes slightly soft, add the ground mixture to it and mix well.
5. Allow it to cook for another 5 mins and remove from stove.