Beetroot Thoran (a Keralan stir fry with beets, greens and coconut) – a guest post for Feeding the Sonis

Approaching a blogger friend to do a guest post for your blog is one thing but getting invited to do a guest post for another blog is a totally different experience. Suddenly, there is a sense of euphoria intermingled with anxiousness and a thousand different questions buzzing around in your head. What kind of recipe should you contribute, can you meet expectation, what will you write etc…etc…etc…

And this is exactly what I felt when Sanjana (or Sanju, as I have begun to call her) from Feeding the Sonis invited me to do a guest blog for her. Sanju resides in Canberra, Australia and perhaps, this is the primary reason that I decided to follow her blog – making friends in this new country where I sometimes feel very lonely. But soon, our friendship and love for food took over and today, I can say I have found yet another amazing friend through blogging. She runs an amazing blog and I have personally enjoyed cooking several different recipes posted on the blog. And you need to check it out too.

Since I was totally confused about what dish to present for the guest post, I sent over a few recipes to Sanju and asked her to take a pick based on what she likes to see on her blog and for her readers. And her pick was the beetroot thoran.

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Thoran is a staple in every household in Kerala, a dish that we take for granted. But one region’s staple becomes another’s exotic. And this is the reaction that I get every time I prepare this for those from other regions of India or abroad. Basically, thoran is a stir fry which can be prepared using all kinds of vegetables, lentils, pulses and sometimes even meats. The main component of a thoran (or what makes it a thoran) is the coconut spice mix. Fresh coconut is coarsely ground with green chillies, cumin and garlic to create a fragrant, mildly spiced mixture which forms the base of every thoran.

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In this particular recipe, I have used whole beets with the greens as the vegetable. Usually, we cut out and throw the greens and use just the beets; but these greens are really healthy and tasty too. The cooking time involved in this dish is very less since the beets are grated and like I said, it is a quick stir fry which helps to retain the nutrients and does not allow the beets and greens to go soggy.

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A great vegetarian dish which goes well with rice and Indian flat breads…..

Ingredients:

1. Beetroot with the greens attached – 2 medium
2. Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
3. Curry leaves – 2 stalks
4. Dry red chilli – 2
5. Salt – to season
6. Coconut/vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
7. Coconut spice mix
• Grated coconut – ½ cup
• Green chilli – 1-2 (depending on spice preference)
• Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
• Garlic – 2 cloves

Method:

1. Peel and grate the beets and finely chop the greens with the stalks.
2. To make the coconut mix, coarsely grind all the ingredients.
3. In a pan, heat oil and crackle mustard seeds. Add curry leaves and dry red chilli.
4. Add the beets and greens; stir fry on high heat for a minute.
5. Then add the coconut spice mix, season with salt and continue to stir fry on high heat for another 2 minutes.
6. Serve hot with rice or Indian flat breads.

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12 thoughts on “Beetroot Thoran (a Keralan stir fry with beets, greens and coconut) – a guest post for Feeding the Sonis

  1. […] Beetroot Thoran (a stir fry with beets, greens and coconut) […]

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  2. marudhuskitchen August 24, 2015 at 4:11 am Reply

    yummy delight..

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  3. […] Beetroot Thoran (a Keralan stir fry with beets, greens and coconut) – and my first guest post […]

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  4. afracooking April 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Congratulations on doing your first guest post – and what a fabulous post it is!

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    • vanyadhanya April 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm Reply

      thanks dear. Abt ur guest post, I will be mailing u soon.

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  7. Aruna Panangipally March 26, 2014 at 6:39 am Reply

    One of my brother’s favourites

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