Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cherupayar thoran/ Green gram stir fry

Cherupayar thoran is a traditional Kerala dish which goes well with rice or Kanji/ Rice porridge. I think each house hold have their own recipe for thoran, basically any thoran has the main ingredients plus shredded coconut, coconut oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chilli and shallots..

  1. Cherupayar/ green gram bean/ Mung bean - 1/2 cup
  2. Coconut, shredded - 1/3 cup
  3. Coconut oil - 1 tbs
  4. Shallots, peeled - 3-4
  5. Green chilli - 1
  6. Dried red chilli - 2
  7. cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  8. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  9. Curry leave  - 10-12
  10. Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Garlic, crushed -2 cloves

  1. Cook cherupayar in a pressure until it is cooked and drain it. It must be soft when pinched, but retain its shape. We don't want a mushy thoran :). It took 5 min in pressure cooker for me
  2. Crush coconut, green chilli, shallots and cumin seeds using a mortar and pestle or use a blender and pulse few times. We are looking for coarsely crushed mix
  3. Heat coconut oil in a pan
  4. Splutter mustard seeds in it
  5. Add dry red chilli, garlic and curry leaves to it  and give a toss. (Be careful while doing this as the oil is hot)
  6. Add cherupayar, turmeric powder and salt and mix well by gentle stir
  7. Let it fry for 2 minutes
  8. Add coconut mixture now and give a final stir to mix everything
  9. After 1 minute, switch off the flame and enjoy it warm with Kanji or rice.

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