Monday, July 18, 2011

Beetroot Thoran / Stir Fry

My space here is filled in non-vegetarian recipes. Being from Kerala, where  a meal is not complete without a thoran / stir fry, I thought I need to have some of those here too.

The main reason why I do not have any such varieties is that I always cook for just two of us and never prepare as much as to fill in a bowl and click a picture – You know AJ was not a big fan of veggies; yeah I meant - “WAS” .

But nowadays I cook for 1 – 2 days at once and hence my veggie dishes also gets a chance to pose J

Beetroot Thoran 1

Ingredients(Serves 2 - 3):

Beetroot                      --   1 large
Green chillies            --   3 - 4
Shallots                       --   1 - 2
Turmeric powder   --   ¼ tsp
Shredded Coconut  --   ¼ cup
Mustard seeds          --   1 tsp
Red chillies                --   1 - 2
Curry leaves              --   8 - 10 leaves
Oil                                   --   1 tbsp
Salt                                --   To taste

Beetroot Thoran 2

Preparation of thoran:

Cut the beetroot into small pieces. You can also use a grater but I feel grating makes it sweeter and so I do cut them usually. Cut the shallots into thin slices and slit the green chillies.

Mix the beetroot,shallots,green chillies,shredded coconut,turmeric powder,salt and curry leaves. Rub them thoroughly with your hands.

Beetroot Thoran 4

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add the red chillies and fry for few seconds. Now add the beet mixture and close the pan with the lid.

Let it cook on a very low flame. Stir in between to make sure that it does not burn.

Serve hot with rice.

Beetroot Thoran 3


  1. Pictures are awesome in your space. This poriyal is so attracting.


  2. Healthy and tasty stir fry..Looks great!

  3. Love the thoran, looks so delicious and lovely way of cutting the veggie too! Nice clicks!

  4. Very colorful and delicious looking stir fry. Would definitely try it out very soon.


  5. healthy n taste thoran....i love it!

  6. Beet root thoran is my little ones' favorite. Looks awesome.

  7. Lovely and healthy recipe.. Love the presentation too :)
    Indian Cuisine

  8. delicious looking beetroot thoran

  9. I luv this veggie so much..Stir fry is always my fav too..looks yum

  10. Simple yet tasty daughter's favorite..liked your clicks

  11. Colorful ,healthy thoran!!! Love the flavor of coconut & chillies against the sweetness of the beets!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. Great presentation and looks so yum!

  13. My favorite,looks super delicious.

  14. You are right Nitha..Our meals are not complete without thorans. Donno why I too have not thought about clicking them. Thanks for the motivation. Actually there is so much variety of thorans.
    Loved ur beet thoran.

  15. My fav .....that platter is so yummy ..I can polish it off :)

  16. love beet thoran. This will be a variation to how i make. Will try it out.

  17. this is the only dish with beets that I like. lovely colour.

  18. Delicious thoran :) I always love beetroots and this recipe is yummy :)

  19. That's a clever way of cooking beetroot, Nitha. Love the ruby like colour!

  20. Love the color ~ a great way to eat beetroots :)
    US Masala

  21. ...and mine is filled up with veg recipes, I need to do a whole list of Kerala Beetroot kazhichittu naalu kureyayi...your clicks make me yearn this veggie, ahh

  22. Dear Nitha
    How are you? I like this recipe. I dont eat beetroot but will make it for my wife for sure.
    In my last blog, you wanted to know about the vegetable I used. Actually this vegetable Patol or Parmal grows in eastern India.It was not known down south. Can you imagine, I used carry this vegetable to Bangalore 20 years back!.
    See this link for the photo. (It is there in my earlier blog on this Patol.)
    Have a nice weekend

  23. a colorful thoran which can always attract kids...