• Keralan green bean Thoran 27 February 2018 | View comments

  • A thoran is a dry dish, quick to cook and features Kerala's essential ingredients - black mustard seeds, curry leaves and coconut. 
    It makes a nice side dish, giving a little crunch to your meal.
    Feel free to use any vegetable- just make sure to chop small. For ease I am using dessicated coconut but if you can grate some fresh you will taste the difference. 
    250g green beans, cut into small pieces
    3tbsp dessicated coconut, soaked in 2tbsp boiling water
    1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
    4 shallots, diced
    1 or 2 green chillies, sliced if you like it hot or simply left whole and pierced to add a subtle flavour (remember to take them out before serving)
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    Small handful curry leaves 
    Heat some veg or coconut oil in a pan. When hot pop the mustard seeds, then add the shallots, cook until soft. 
    Add the chillies, garlic, cumin seeds and curry leaves and saute for a few minutes. 
    Next add the green beans and coconut, cover and cook on low heat until the veg is how you like it. Add salt to taste.


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