Green tomatoes have a sturdiness that red tomatoes don’t have. This means that they will not collapse in dishes the way a red tomato will do, and so they can be used in Indian dishes as a vegetable rather than a sauce. We are so lucky that our Green Grocer stocks them, and they are plentiful in Summer and into Autumn.
In this dish, the tartness of the green tomatoes pairs well with the sweetness of the jaggery, and dal is added to the tadka for a crunchy textural element. The spices are freshly roasted to bring out their flavour. Pair the dish with rice or roti, or serve as an accompaniment to your dal-rice.
Similar dishes include Sweetcorn and Spinach Bhaji, Spinach Thoran, and Sweet Potato Subzi.
Also try Green Tomato Salsa with Coriander and Chilli.
Browse all of our Bhaji recipes, and all of our Green Tomato dishes. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes.
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Thorans are delightfully delicious, simple and quick dishes from the South of India that can form part of a meal, or can be eaten just with rice. Today our recipe is for Drumstick Leaf (Moringa Leaf) Thoran. The recipe is the same as all thorans – a tadka, some onion perhaps, the vegetable and some coconut. Delicious.
Similar recipes include Spinach Thoran, Cabbage Thoran, Green Tomato Bhajji, and Zucchini Thoran. And have a look at our collection of Thoran recipes.
Also try Moringa Leaf Dal.
Browse all of our Moringa Leaf dishes and all of our Thorans. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Early Autumn dishes.
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Bhurji are pan-fried Indian vegetable dishes that are not quite dry, but not really wet dishes. They are dry yet damp dishes. The best known Bhurji is made with eggs and is somewhat like scrambled eggs. But we don’t cook with eggs, so the Bhurji that we make are pure vegetarian. They are similar to the Thoran of Kerala and Poriyal of Tamil Nadu. Bhurji is an Andhra dish.
This one is made with greens and sweetcorn, with spices. Spinach and Sweetcorn is a loved combination in India – the sweetness of the corn playing nicely with the spices against the slight bitterness of the spinach. This dish can be served as it is, a perfect side dish to a meal. Or serve it with cumin rice or some roti for a snack. It is also very very good as a filling for Toasties – Indian style toasted sandwiches. Use it as a filling with some cheese and perhaps sliced tomato.
Are you after similar recipes? Try Sweetcorn Sundal, Spinach Thoran, Cabbage Thoran, and Spinach Poriyal. You might also like Baby Sweetcorn and Green Bean Soup.
Browse all of our Thorans and Poriyals. Try our Spinach dishes and our Sweetcorn recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or explore our Late Winter dishes.
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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.
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I miss Priti, who lived in Adelaide for a short while. My friend was such a good cook and teacher. She shared wonderful recipes with me including this easy dish. She needed to shift suddenly, and we lost contact. Miss you Priti. Hope all is well with you.
Priti introduced me to many of the dimensions of Indian cooking, and particularly the use of Coriander leaves. This dish is cooked with chopped green coriander for 30 mins or so. While this may seem unusual outside of India (coriander is normally used fresh, as a garnish), it is akin to using a coriander paste. The resulting flavours are great. Feel free to garnish with some fresh coriander if desired.
Priti had other Coriander recipes too, like this Coriander Chutney. You might also enjoy making Pudla with Coriander or Coriander Paste.
Similar recipes to this Sabzi include Aloo Bhindi Subzi, Spinach and Sweetcorn Bhurji, Cabbage Thoran, Sweet Potato Sabzi, and Sweet Potato Poriyal.
What about Peas? Try Stuffed Sandwiches with Potatoes and Peas, Savoury Rice and Green Pea Pilaf, and Tawa Peas.
Are you looking for Carrot recipes? Try Carrot Thoran, and Carrot Rice.
You might also like our Carrot recipes, Pea recipes and Coriander recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Check out our easy Late Winter recipes too.
This dish is from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can find other recipes from that blog in the Retro Recipes series.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Similar recipes include Green Beans with Freekeh, Walnuts and Tahini, Sweet Potato Poriyal, Spinach and Sweetcorn Bhurji, and Carrot Thengai Poriyal.
Browse our Thoran and Poriyal recipes, our Beans recipes, and our other Fry recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or explore all of the Early Autumn recipes.
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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!
Similar recipes include Spinach and Sweetcorn Bhurji, Cabbage Thoran, and Sweet Potato Poriyal.
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.
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Sweet potatoes are a gorgeous Autumn vegetable that cries out to be part of your Autumn eating. Roasted, steamed, grilled or mashed, it is delicious change of season fare.
This dish is good to make from scratch, and also a perfect solution to the problem of left over roasted or steamed/boiled sweet potato. It briefly stirfries cooked sweet potato with spices.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Cauliflower Fry with Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies, Sweet Potato Subzi with Yoghurt, Slightly Sweet and Sour Pumpkin Subzi, and Potato and Sweet Potato Spicy Curry.
Try other Subzis – Beetroot and Carrot Subzi, Carrots and Green Peas Subzi, and Potato and Spinach Subzi.
You might like to browse other Sweet Potato dishes, all of our Subzi recipes and our Thoran/Poriyal recipes. See all of our other Vegetable Fry dishes. Our Indian recipes are here. Or enjoy our Late-Autumn collection.
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Puttu is a “scrambled” or “crumbled” dish in South Indian cuisine.
A technique common in South Indian cooking but missing from other cuisines is the steaming of lentil batter, which is then crumbled and added to other dishes. The thick lentil batter is made by soaking the lentil and then grinding with scant water to form a batter. For example, this Bean Paruppu Usili uses that technique. This one, too, uses a modified form where the lentil batter is used to cook in a kadhai with vegetables, forming a scrambled lentil crumble.
Perhaps you are looking for other Thoran/Poriyal recipes here and here, or other Fry recipes. You might also like our Usili recipes here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.
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A quick spinach and coconut dish.
Poriyals are generally finely chopped vegetable dishes that are tasty and easy to make. It takes only a few minutes, and coconut is added at the last moment.
You might also like to try Spinach Curry, Spinach, Miso and Tofu Napoleons, and Aloo Palak – Potatoes in Spinach Gravy.
Perhaps you are looking for other Thoran/Poriyal recipes here and here, or other Vegetable Fry recipes. You might also like our Spinach recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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Colourful coconut-y carrot goodness.
Thorans are dishes from Kerala that go with anything. A side dish to any meal of any cuisine, a lunch by itself or with a green salad, a meal with some rice and perhaps some dal.
The beauty of this mighty coconuty dish is that it can be made with almost any vegetable. There are traditional vegetables, of course – cabbage and carrot, to name a couple. But try thinking tender asparagus stalks. Jicama. Turnip. Snow Peas. The beauty of Thorans is that they enhance the vegetable, and do not overwhelm it with spices.
You might also want to try other dishes from Kerala, such as Avail, Aubergines in Coconut Milk, Cabbage Thoran and Neyyum Parippum. And have a look at our collection of Thoran recipes.
You might like to browse all of our Kerala recipes. Perhaps you are looking for other Thoran/Poriyal recipes, or other Vegetable Fry recipes. Explore our Carrot recipes too. Or you might like to browse Indian recipes, and be inspired by our Early Spring recipes.
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Making cabbage taste like a royal vegetable.
Thorans are quick and easy stir fried vegetables with spices, Indian style. They are part of the cuisine from Kerala, made from chopped vegetables with coconut, mustard seeds, shallots or onion, curry leaves and turmeric powder. This is stirred briefly over a hot stove or fire. It is commonly eaten with steamed rice and dal. It is a popular dish used for sadya but is also great for home cooked meals.
Thorans preserve the taste of the vegetable, enhancing rather than overwhelming it with spices, and that is the charm of the dish. This one makes cabbage taste like a royal vegetable. Make it with wombok, Chinese Cabbage, as well. It is such a quick and easy way to eat cabbage — who thought that it could taste so good? Serve over rice for a quick lunch, as a dish in an Indian meal, or as a yummy vegetable as part of a main course.
You might like to try the Zucchini Thoran too, Spinach and Sweetcorn Bhurji, and Carrot Thoran.
Are you looking for Cabbage recipes? Try Waldorf Salad, Chilli Cabbage, Spicy Cabbage Fry and My Style Kimchi.
You might like to browse all of our Kerala recipes, other Thoran/ Poriyal recipes, and Vegetable Fry recipes. Explore Cabbage recipes also. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. And be inspired by our Early Spring recipes.
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Lentil crumble with vegetables, delicious.
This dish showcases a delightful crumble made from coconut and lentils. There are actually three different types of crumble mentioned in Meekakshi Ammal’s books Cook and See. The Green Bean Paruppu Puttu, is one example. Paruppu Puttu is another. And this is the third.
In this dish the longer coconut shreds were used, but traditionally grated or powdered coconut would be used.
Have a look at our collection of Thoran recipes.
You might also want to try Bean Paruppu Usili, and Dhal Puttu. All Lentil Crumble dishes are here. You might like to browse all of our Kerala recipes. Perhaps you are looking for other Thoran/Poriyal recipes , or other Vegetable Fry recipes. Or explore our Indian recipes. And explore our Late Winter recipes.
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