Monday, August 20, 2007

Cabbage Thoran (Stir fried Cabbage with Coconut):

Thoran is a typical Kerala dish of stir fried vegetables. Shredded vegetables (often leafy ones like spinach, cabbage or even cauliflower, carrots, and beans) are stir fried with a mixture of coconut, green chilies, and cumin. I prefer to leave the vegetables to be crunchy. Use high heat and a quick hand to retain the crunchiness.

Cabbage shredded - 3 cups
Fresh grated coconut - 3 tbsp.
Green chilies - 2
Onion - 1/4" piece
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds -1 tsp
turmeric pd. - 1/4 tsp
curry leaves - 5
oil - 2 tbsp
fresh black pepper - 1/2 tsp
salt to taste

In a food processor (I often take the low-tech route with my mortar and pestle) mix coconut, green chilies, onion, cumin to make a coarse mixture. Heat pan and add 2 tbsp of oil. When oil heats up, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds have finished popping, add the coconut mixture, turmeric, and curry leaves. Stir fry for a few minutes. Add shredded cabbage. Add salt. Stir fry for 3 - 5 minutes. Remove from heat when the cabbage is still crisp and all ingredients have blended well. Add freshly ground pepper. Serve with rice.

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