Generally 'thoran' does not contain garam masla. In this dish garam masala is the flavor enhancer and can be prepared in just under five minutes.

     ‘Thornnu’ in malayalam means to ‘dry out’ (the moisture content). Thoran is a dry dish traditionally made of a finely chopped vegetables stir fried with coconut. The crunch of the cabbage and the spiciness of red chilli coupled with the flavor of garam masala renders the dish perfect... It is indeed divine. Tasty & spicy, everyone would love this recipe I’m sure…..

Cabbage Masala Thoran


Cabbage, finely chopped-250-300grams
Green peas, fresh/ frozen-50grams (optional)
Onion finely, chopped- ¼ cup
Coconut, finely chopped-3 teaspoons (optional)
Grated coconut- ½ cup
Chilli powder- ½ teaspoon
Garam masala- ½ teaspoon
Turmeric powder- ¼ teaspoon
Salt- to taste

To temper:
Oil-3 teaspoon
Mustard seeds- ¼ teaspoon
Urad dhal/ ulundu parippu-1tablespoon
Dry red chillies-2
Curry leaves- 1 sprig

  • Finely chop the cabbage and sprinkle little salt. If you are using fresh peas half cook them with salt.
  • In a pan add oil and splutter the mustard seeds and urad dhal. Then add dry chilli and curry leaves.
  • Add chopped coconut and onion and fry in the same oil for a minute will the onion becomes transparent. Add the cabbage, salt and allow to cook.
  • Pulse the grated coconut once in blender. Don’t make fine paste. You can use grated coconut as it is if you like.
  •  In the cabbage mixture add turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, cooked green peas, ground coconut and curry leaves. Stir well and cook till done.
  • Add extra curry leaves if you wish. Check for salt and add if needed.

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