Vazhakka Thoran| Poriyal, Ethakka thoran is a traditional Kerala style stir fry with coconut served with rice. It is also a part of Onam Sadya menu too. I love this thoran whenever my mom keeps it for my lunch box. It is my favourite kootan from my childhood.
Mom prepares whenever the banana tree falls before the bunch matures due to rain or something. She used to make this thoran out of that. I love the flavour of this banana stirfry. I like it with rasam combo but it goes well with sambar, dal and curd too. Simple to make and delicious dry curry.

Raw banana Thoran

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Cuisine: Kerala

Raw banana-3-4 (Nendran/ any variety)
Oil- 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Dry red chillies- 2-3
Curry leaves- 2 strand
Onion- 1 small (or)Pearl onion- 5-6
Green chillies-2
Salt- to taste
Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon

To grind:
Coconut, grated- 1/2 cup
Jeera- 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic-1 clove
Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon
Ethakka Thoran

  • Peel the banana by removing the outer skin. No need peel them deeply and chop them into small cubes/pieces and keep that in water to avoid browning.
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and then add the dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  • Now add the chopped onion, green chillies and cook till the onion become translucent.
  • Now drain the water from banana and add into the pan and sprinkle some salt over it and mix well. Cover it and cook till the banana pieces are slightly soft if you press it but it should not become mushy it has to hold its shape too.(Nendran banana takes time to cook so add little water while cooking)
  • While it is cooking grind together coconut, jeera, garlic and chilli powder together as a coarse paste by pulsing once or twice in a blender jar without adding water.
  • Once the banana is done add the coconut paste and mix well and cook for a minute till the raw garlic smell leaves.
  • Switch off the flame and serve with rice paired with rasam, sambar, dhal or curd. I like this thoran with rasam.

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