Posted by Annita on September 1, 2006
Thoran,a dry delicious side dish with coconut, is highly privileged to be a part of traditional Kerala Sadya.Thoran can be made using different vegetables ,but in my place we prepare only Cabbage Thoran for Sadya.A combination of vegetables can also be used to prepare thoran.
Here’s my cabbage thoran recipe..
Finely sliced cabbage – 1/2
Green chillies – 8
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Garlic pods – 2
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – a sprig
Crushed chips(Banana,jackfruit,potato,Papad…..etc.even lays will do) – 1 tsp
(Note:-Adding crushed chips into thoran can enhance the taste.I adapted this from a Malayalee women’s magazine ‘Vanitha‘.)
Salt – to taste
Oil – as needed
Grind grated coconut,turmeric powder,green chillies,jeera seeds and garlic into a coarse paste.Mix together cabbage ,salt and the ground mixture well with hand.Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and allow mustard seeds to splutter.Add in urad dal and curry leaves and fry for a minute.Now add the cabbage into the pan and mix well.
Cabbage -Coconut mixture added into the pan
Cover it with a lid and allow it to cook in medium heat,stirring in between.You can add little water if needed,too much of water will always spoil the dish.
Following my amma’s method,I don’t add any water to the cabbage ,but i cover the cabbage with a lid or a plate which contains some water.And due to the moisture,water droplets forms under the lid,will drip into the pan in regular intervals,which prevents cabbage from sticking to the bottom.
Cabbage covered with a lid with some water
When the cabbage is almost done,add crushed chips,mix well and simmer for 3 more mts. Serve with rice.