Occasionally the urge for green vegetables hits, usually when you are tired, overworked, stressed or anxious. How wonderful a large plate of greens looks, smells and tastes at those times. Don’t worry, we have your back, try this kale dish. It combines the great Asian flavours of garlic, ginger, spring onions (scallions) and a little soy. Quick to make, it is just a few minutes from stove to table.
I remember David Thompson when he had a tiny little take-away Thai shop in Darley St, appropriately called Daley St. Thai. He was famous even then, the queue snaking down the street on a Friday and Saturday night. He then went on to open a high-end restaurant London (where his food was never understood – you lost out London). Then he moved to Thailand to open a Thai restaurant – a brave move for a non-Thai person. It remains a very popular establishment.
Somewhere along the line, David wrote a bible of Thai food. It is a compendium of the cuisine. Of course, there are very few vegetarian recipes in the book, but occasionally I take it down from the shelf and find one of the few suitable recipes to make, as Thai food is wonderful.
Today, with inspiration from David’s Thai Food, is a wonderful dish of soft tofu with garlic and bean sprouts. It is utterly delicious.
Okra and Potatoes go well together – what doesn’t go well with potatoes? Today’s recipe is a vegetable fry style dish, or dry Subzi, where potatoes and okra are sautéed together with a range of spices until tender.
Dhana jiru is a spice mix used in this dish. Coriander and cumin seeds for the basis of this masala, and other spices can be added. Recipes for dhana jiru vary considerably – the ratios of coriander seed to cumin seed varies, some recipes add cinnamon, or pepper, for example, and others add up to 5 more spices for a complex spice mix. If you don’t have dhana jiru in your spice collection, simply dry roast 2 tspns coriander seed with 1 tspn cumin seed until a nice aroma arises, and then grind to a fine powder. Otherwise, use the mix that you have at hand.
Are you looking for more Okra dishes? Read more about Okra here. And try Stir Fried Okra, Baked Okra in Dukkah, Stir Fried Okra with Sesame Seed, Warm Salad of Charred Okra, Tomato and Preserved Lemon, and Pickled Okra.
Or perhaps you are looking for Vegetable Fry dishes? Try Cauliflower Fry with Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies, Potato Sabzi, Beetroot Fry and Brinjal (Eggplant) Fry.
This subzi is a quick okra dish, ready in less than 20 mins, and layered with spices. Its a great tiffin dish and can be served with rice and a chutney for a quick meal. Or afternoon snack.
Last Spring I fell in love with Broad Beans. Always a hated vegetable, we decided to spend time exploring them. To take the time to treat them properly. And fall in love I did. So this year, I am growing my own.
This recipe is a very quick dish once the beans have been podded and the individual beans have had their thick peel removed. It is a good idea to peel them when you have time, for example while watching TV at night, then pop them in the fridge, ready to be used the next day for a quick dish or snack.
Similar recipes include Broad Beans with Parmesan, Basil and Garlic Chips, Broad Beans with Feta and Preserved Lemon, Broad Beans Mezze, Tomato and Broad Bean Salad, Pan Fried Broad Bean Salad with Tomato and Thyme, Pan Fried Broad Beans with Lime, Chilli and Salt, and Tawa Broad Beans.
Also try Broad Beans with Lemon and Coriander.
This is an Andhra style dish, a poriyal that is deliciously sesame flavoured using powdered sesame seeds (Nuvala Podi). The dish is also called Bendaikaya Nuvvala Podi, and Lady Fingers Fry. You may also see it under different names.
Firstly, the Sesame Seed Podi is made by toasting and powdering sesame seeds with spices. Then the okra is fried with more spices and optionally onions, and finally the sesame podi is added to the dish. It is served hot as a side dish. It goes well with sambar, rasam and dal. It is also good as a tiffin brunch or lunch.
Are you after Okra recipes? Try Sri Lankan Okra Curry with Coconut Milk, Okra in Tamarind with Prunes and Apricots, Rustic Greek Okra with Tomatoes, Kukuri Bhindi (Crispy Fried Okra), Sri Lankan Okra Curry, and Okra with Onions Subzi.
Or you can browse all of the Okra dishes here, or all of the recipes from Andhra Pradesh. All of our Indian recipes are here. And have a look at our collection of Thoran recipes. Or simply take some time to browse all of our Mid Autumn dishes.
A seriously deliciously Thoran from Kerala
Spinach Thoran is an everyday side dish for rice which is generally cooked in an Indian wok or Kadhai. In this style of Thoran from Kerala, the main ingredient is stirfried or wilted, then pushed aside while a coconut and spice paste is placed in the centre of the wok. This is covered by the main ingredient and it is allowed to cook gently. This method leads to dishes that are light and delicious.
In this recipe a little rice is used as a spice adding a little texture and a lovely nutty flavour.
If you are looking for a Spinach-Coconut dish, try this Spinach and Coconut – Keerai Poriyal from Tamil Nadu which is next door to Kerala. Another way to use Spinach is in a simple Aloo Palak Subzi – Potatoes and Spinach Dry Curry.
Thorans can be made from almost any vegetable. Cabbage, for example, or Green Beans, Carrot, or Zucchini. Try Green Tomato Bhajji. You might also like Cauliflower Fry with Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies.
You might like to browse all of our Thoran and Poriyal recipes here and here, other Fry recipes, and our Spinach recipes here and here. Browse all of our Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Autumn dishes here and here.
A simple stirfry with coconut and spices turns cabbage into a dish you will come back for.
Cabbage is a much under rated vegetable, and it is so easy to cook. Take a couple of spices and work magic. Whoever thought that cabbage could taste so good? This can be served as an accompaniment to rice and curries, but I don’t mind eating it with rice and a salad as a quick meal.
Feel free to browse recipes our Thorans and Poriyals here and here, or other Fry recipes. You might also like our Cabbage recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Winter recipes here and here.
Poriyals, from Tamil Nadu, and Thorans, from Kerala in India, are quick dishes where vegetables are stirfried with spices and coconut, turning ordinary vegetables into something amazing. They can form part of a meal, or can be eaten alone with roti or chapatti.
Turning a humble vegetable into a masterpiece.
Kerela food is so wonderful, full of the scent of coconuts and palm trees, spices and backwaters. So, blessed this week with large numbers of very large zucchinis, home and organically grown by my neighbour, this bland vegetable became a Thoran. Thorans are spicy dishes that turn mundane vegetables into a spicy delicious meal. How elegant the dish is!
You might like our other Thoran/Poriyal recipes, other Vegetable Fry recipes and other Zucchini recipes. Browse all our recipes from Kerala. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or explore our Late Summer recipes.