Saturday, 11 August 2007

Cabbage Thoran / Curry

Thoran is nothing but a curry prepared by Keralites using shredded coconut.

Few years ago 3 of our friends had been to a wedding in Kerala. We stayed in one of our keralite friend N's house. It was a small village and the house was in the midst of a small forest. The street was too narrow and was lined up with Jackfruit trees, Rubber trees on one side and houses on the other side. I was so thrilled and amazed to see Jackfruits hanging down to earth.

That was my first visit to a Keralite's house. There were so many dishes on the table prepared by N’s mom. We all had a special veggie day. Few things that caught my mind were Cabbage Thoran, Jackfruit chips, Papadam and Tea. I was confused seeing Tea on the table with meals. Yes, that is how it is. Anyway it had its own taste. Coming to Thoran, until I finished having it I did not know that it was made of Cabbage. It tasted heavenly. I then got the recipe from N’s mom. Whenever I prepare Cabbage thoran, I never forget to think about my friend N and her mom.

Cabbage – 1 Small

To Grind:
Small Onions – 6
Garlic pods – 4
Ginger – ½“
Green Chilli – 4
Shredded Coconut – 6 Tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeera – 2 Tsp
Salt – As required

To Temper:
Red chilli – 2
Mustard seeds -1 Tsp
Curry leaves - Few
Turmeric – A pinch
Oil - 1 Tsp

  1. Grind Small onions, Garlic pods, Green chilli, Ginger, Cumin seeds and Coconut together with salt.
  2. Chop cabbage into small pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  4. Add red chilli, curry leaves and turmeric powder.
  5. Add the chopped cabbage and sauté for sometime ~ 10 minutes. Do not add water.
  6. Do not overcook the cabbage. Once the cabbage becomes slightly soft (not too soft), add the ground ingredients.
  7. Sauté for 5 minutes and switch off the stove.
  8. Enjoy the taste.

    Thoran can be prepared with other vegetables too like beans.

Nutritional Fact:
  • Cabbage - Rich in Vitamin C


sra said...

Never came across small onions in cabbage, maybe I'm not reading the recipes carefully enough!

Jyothi said...

Hi Seec, cabbage curry looks amazing. Even I used to prepare on the same style. Thanks for sharing your version.

TBC said...

I make this regularly. It goes so well with sambar!

Laavanya said...

Seec, Cabbage Thoran looks wonderful. Our mallu neighbour used to make this often and it was heavenly.

SeeC said...

Sra, small onions taste better than large onions. Try it once you will like it.

Thanks Jyothi.

TBC, You are right. It is good to have with sambhar rice.

Thanks Laavanya.

archana said...

I liked the recipe. The paste must be adding to the taste of the thoran :)Thanx for sharing :)

Sharmi said...

I have never heard of garlic, onions and ginger in thoran. looks new and nice.

Vcuisine said...

That looks yummy SeeC. Viji

Lia said...

cabbage thoran is one of our fav vegetables dish, hmmm yummm :D

zlamushka said...

Beautiful pics, Seec,

love cabbage, thanx for this one. Bookmarked it for my 'winter cooking'.

Jeena said...

Hi Seec you got a great recipe from your friend. I may give this a try myself I do likie cabbage a lot. Nice pictures :)

SeeC said...

Thanks Archana. You are right. The paste is what makes the taste.

Thanks Sharmi. Garlic, onion, ginger and coconut adds to the taste sharmi.

Thanks Viji.

Thanks lia.

Thanks for stopping by Zlamushka. You are welcome.

Thanks Jeena. Do give it a try.

Suma Gandlur said...

The curry looks delicious. I have never used ginger, garlic with cabbage though.

Saju said...

wow, looks so tasty. Great combo.

la said...

cabbage is also a good source of calcium. this is a neat recipe - i love cabbage.

SeeC said...

Thanks Suma. Try it with garlic and ginger, you will like it.

Thanks Saju.

Thanks La for your comments and the useful info.

Raaga said...

We make something similar without onions and garlic :-)

But this seems like something I must try.

Retno Prihadana said...

Your cabbage curry looks interesting

Richa said...

cabbage thoran looks delicious. It definitely helps dressing up cabbage with spices & coconut, good one!

SeeC said...

Thanks Raaga. Small onions add to the taste. Do try it and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments Retno Prihadana.

Thanks Richa.

Hima said...

The curry is looking so lovely. Got it give it a try.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Seec....This is my first visit to ur blog.....The curry looks amazing.Photos are great :-)

SeeC said...

Thanks for stopping by Hima. It is worth trying :)

Thanks for stopping by Sirisha. Thanks for your comments too

Nithya said...

Hi SeeC, Thoran tastes yummy... my teammates also enjoyed and asked the mom won't add ginger,garlic for this prepartion. By adding these, it tastes different and very good.

Nithya said...

Hi SeeC,thoran tastes yummy.My teammates also enjoyed and asked the receipe.My mom won't add ginger/garlic for this prepartion.Adding ginger,garlic it tastes different and