Saturday, June 5, 2010
Beetroot root thoran is a simple and easy side dish which goes well with rice. Thoran is an easy stir fry recipe of vegetables with coconut and there are endless varieties of thoran in Kerala. Many do not like beetroot due to its raw flavor. But once cooked this raw flavor disappears. Back home beetroot is made either as pachadi or as thoran. This thoran is made adding either Bengal gram or green gram . It has a good flavor and taste and is nutritious as well.
Beetroot- 2 medium
Bengal gram split - 1/2 cup
Coconut- 1/2 cup
Green chilly- 2
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Cumin - 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 2 pods
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Cook kadala or gram until it becomes soft but not mushy and keep it aside.
Note: Adding Kadala parippu is optional.
Chop beetroot finely into small pieces using a kitchen chopper or food processor.
( You can also grate the beetroot,but chopping finely will give it more body and texture)
Lightly crush coconut, cumin, red chilly powder( or red chilly)and garlic and keep aside.
Cook beetroot along with salt and chopped green chilly till it is soft. In a separate pan crackle mustard seeds and saute shallots and red chilly and curry leaves. Add in the coconut mixture and saute for a few seconds and quickly add the cooked beetroot and gram and stir fry for another minute. Beetroot thoran is ready.
Beetroot and beet leaves thoran
This is another delicious thoran with beetroot.
Stir fry beet leaves and stems along with onions and add cooked beets. For the thoran mix follow the same recipe as above...
Hope you will all enjoy.