Friday, September 6, 2013

Beetroot Thoran (Kerala Style Stir Fried Beetroots with a Ground Coconut Base)

There is nothing much to talk about this Beetroot Thoran. Besides, my mind that has a mind of its own has decided to go completely blank today.
So without much banter, here is the recipe. Our old helper in the kitchen, Doro used to make this with a sprinkling of black pepper which was surprising so very delish. I'm not sure whether she used to substitute Pepper Powder for Green Chillies or if the pepper was just an addition. I must ask her if I see her again!
What You Will Need: 

The Beets:

  1. Beetroot, finely chopped - 2 cups
To Grind:
  1. Coconut, grated - 1/4 to 1/3 cup
  2. Shallots, sliced - 2
  3. Green Chilli, chopped - 1
  4. Garlic - 1 small clove
  5. Cumin Seeds - A pinch (Optional)
  6. Turmeric Powder - A pinch
  7. Curry Leaves - 2 or 3
  8. Salt
To Sputter:
  1. Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
  2. Curry Leaves - A few
  3. Oil
Alternatively, you can just use a third of the 'Thoran Base' that is mentioned here.

On To the Cauldron: 

Grind together the things 'To Grind' coarsely. (Don't 'over grind'. You can also simply pound everything together.)  

Mix the beets with this masala well with your hands. Keep aside.

Heat up a wok with some oil. Sputter mustard seeds and then add the curry leaves. Add the mixed beets and stir well. Sprinkle a bit of water and cook covered.

Stir occasionally and once done, cook uncovered for a few minutes before switching off.

Serve hot with rice and other sides.
The last click titled 'Stir Fry in a Shell' goes to the 96th Edition of Black and White Wednesday - a Culinary Photography Event created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, now organized by Cinzia of Cindystar and hosted this week by Haalo at Cook Almost Anything.


  1. Very healthy and delicious thoran dear...

  2. Thoran looks delish and loved the styling :-)

  3. i've never liked beetroot, or is it that umma never liked it so she used to make it haphazardly and we never liked it??? i guess it's the second one... ur thoran looks yum, i guess i've to start using this vegetable slowly... love the snaps dear, awesome...

    1. Ha ha ha, Oh Rafee! It must be that you don't really like the veggie ;) And thank you so much dear :)

  4. Ahh, looks awesome.. Love this thoran anytime !

  5. Looks wonderful ! My mind simply goes into blank mode when I open blogger these days :) Nice clicks too :)

    1. Ha! That seems to be a pattern here too ;) And thanks a lot, Reni :)

  6. Beetroot with pepper in the end thats how I like it actually it tastes better too.

    1. I love that version. In fact, I think that's how I started liking beets altogether :)

  7. What a nice serving idea! I have only had cabbage thoran: I would like to try some of your beetroot thoran.

    1. Thank you so much, Simona. Hope you will like the beet version too :)


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