Thursday, 19 April 2012

Vazhakka Thoran / Plantain Stir Fry with coconut

Thoran is a side dish that is part of all meals. It can be made of a variety of vegetables like Plantain, Cabbage, Carrot. What differentiates it from Mizhukku Varatti (stir fry) is the presence of coconut.

For the Vishu meal I made thoran with Vazhakka or Plantain (Raw Banana).


Vazhakka 3
Mustard 1/2 tsp
Split Urad dal 1 tsp
Curry Leaves few
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Hing a pinch

To be powdered

Coconut 1/2 cup
Green Chilli 2
Curry Leaves Few
Jeera/Cumin 1/2 tsp

Oil and salt to taste

Method of Preparation

1. Cut the vazhakka into cubes and wash properly. You can keep it soaked in water with a little yogurt to remove the stain (kara)

2. Add it to a pan with a little water. Add the turmeric powder as well. Cook till it is almost done. Strain excess water and keep aside. Watch while cooking vazhakka as you do not want it to get mushy.

3. In the same pan, add some oil. Add the mustard.

4. When it sputters, add the urad dal, curry leaves. The add the cooked vazhakka.

5. Grind the ingredients under to be ground. Do not add any water. Do not make a fine paste. Just pulse a little.

6. Add to to pan along with some salt. Lower heat and cook for a few minutes.

Serve as a side for Rice with sambar or rasam.

Linking this to Kerala Kitchen Event hosted by Ramya

Linking this to WTML - Festive Recipes hosted by Rasi

Linking this to Vegetarian Side Dishes Priya's event hosted by Vardhini


  1. wow delicious thoran,love it...

  2. very delicious dear....

  3. yummy thoran...lovely presentation....

  4. Delicious it anyday

  5. perfectly made and healthy thoran..thanks for linking with kerala kitchen

  6. Nice presentation and delicious curry. Thx for linking.


  7. This dish is very tempting and mouthwatering! I will share this to my wife, because she's exactly looking for a recipe where she can use a banana. Anyway, please keep on sharing!

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