Monday, December 14, 2009

Sauteed Cabbage and coconut/ Cabbage Thoran

     If you are from Kerala, a southern state in India, you know 'thoran' is a dry accompaniment with rice our staple diet.  We use the same ingredients to cook this dish with different vegetables.  However, depending on the taste and time taken for cooking each of use a different method to cook this dish.

   I think, cabbage is one vegetable where I use the most amount of onions compared to any other 'thoran'.  I wish I could elaborate on why I do that except that I like its taste best this way.  The way we eat our rice traditionally is to have a soupy, watery,  liquidy dish, a dry vegetable and if you eat non vegetarian food then fish or meat fried or in a gravy.

  When it comes to cabbage thoran though the best way I like to have it is with rice, sambar, lemon pickle and cabbage thoran.  Give me a papad and its a completely delicious most satiating meal for me.  Another great combination is rice, cabbage, red fish curry and moru kachiyathu..'oooh la la!' that's what my brother would say when he reads this combo. Each of us familiar with the Kerala style of food will have their own way of eating.  We all have different combinations and all of them are great for sure.

  For my friends who are reading this recipe and not into our way to eating, I assure you if you have leftover rice add this and some chicken cubes into it and microwave it to make a nice fried rice and you can have it with or without any other accompaniments.

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Ingredients:
1. Cabbage - 2 1/2 cups chopped
2. Onions - 1/2 cup chopped
3. Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
4. Mustard - 1/8th tspn
5. Turmeric - 1/8th tspn
6. Salt - 1/4th tspn (or to taste)
7. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
8. Vegetable/ Canola /Coconut oil - 1 Tbspn (use any tpe of oil as per your taste. I use vegetable or canola oil)
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Method:
1.  Mix well the cabbage, onions, green chillies, coconut and turmeric
2. Do a tempering but heating the oil in a wok and spluttering mustard followed by a tspn of the chopped onions and curry leaves
3. Add the mixed vegetables and stir in well.
4. Bring all the contents of the work into the center and and with your spatula form a smooth mound.  This is done to keep the heat inside and the cabbage will cook in its own moisture
5. To avoid burning make sure the heat is on medium to low and if you are doing if for the first time stir in less than 5 minutes. 
6. When half done add salt and stir well and with swift stirring with the spatula spread it evenly
7. Cabbage cooks pretty easily so test for doneness by tasting at this poing and if you like the crispness of the cabbage turn off the heat.
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Contributor: Sunitha

55 comments:

  1. love the pics ! cabbage thoran is very common in my house...i make it slightly differently though. Should try this recipe for a change.

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  2. nice clicks..
    Sauted Cabbage is quite popular in our house hold... We do not use onions.. and oil would be coconut oil or sunflower oil.

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  3. oh My!!!! beautiful beautiful clicks pals...so creative too...Hats off to u!!!!!
    i make some wat the same way..
    ithu mathram mathi enikku choru unnan..i have this for lunch today ;)..

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  4. amazing photos..a different type of cabbage recipe for a maharashtrian like me :)

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  5. amazing photography...love cabbage!

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  6. Love the pics and the idea behind :D..cabbage thoran, sambar and papad with rice is my fav combo :-)

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  7. Gorgeous pics! So natural.. and very beautiful!

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  8. Nice presentation and my fav thoran..

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  9. Sunitha, what a creative dish with wonderful flavors & ingredients. And you photographs show your creativity, as well. Bravo and thanks...

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  10. Looks beautiful, i make it atleast once a week but didn't know it can look this beautiful until i saw your clicks.

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  11. oh my!!!!!!!!lovely clicks dear....thoran looks yumm.

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  12. Coconut flavoured cabbage! How fun! Never had something like this, must get a chance to make some!

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  13. Awesome click!!and very tasty with coconut flavour.Keep up the good job!!

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  14. hey nice cabbage vegge...i love cabbge vegge, but we do not add onion, vl try n c...
    n nice presentation n nice click

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  15. soooooooooo beautiful pics..loved it!

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  16. Beautiful clicks sunitha...ur so creative too...very tempeting...adipoli thoran!!

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  17. Wat a lovely presentation...yummy thoran..

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  18. Very beautifully presented..like cabbage this way.

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  19. hooooo, you are such a good cook and so creative too. What a beautiful clicks yaar. You have really a wonderful space here. I will surely keep visitng. Thanks for your visit , and do come again

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  20. The photos and the presentation looks lovely.Keep rocking!

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  21. Beautiful clicks,beautiful presentation...looks so good ...

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  22. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! cabbage thoran with step by step demo and a lovely click.

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  23. Ma fav thoran...Perfect with rice and curd......Pinne camera ethanuuuu?Beautiful clicks as always..

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  24. This cabbage preparation is very different from the way I cook. Like the beautiful pictures...good accompaniment...

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  25. wonderful presentation and nice click dear

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  26. Dear Sunitha
    You are going great guns it seems.
    I love this type of dish , a mild seasoning of Mustard and stir fried cabbage !!
    In fact I am going to make it, but i will give at least 1/4th tsp mustard seasoning ( with your kind permission !!:-)
    Have a nice weekend

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  27. Lovely thoran! I love cabbages and we're making it right now for lunch! That's an edible bowl in the photo!

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  28. wow...what a nice click.....love your pictures and recipie too

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  29. Wow...very nice photography!!!!...looks tempting!

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  30. Great picturization. Description takartu ketta!!

    You described the combination very well. I will also prefer a chammandi(katta chammandi) along with the combinations you mentioned in the post.

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  31. Beautiful! I've never had cabbage like this before, interesting, sounds really delicious.

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  32. Wow...love the thoran served in a cabbage bowl...awesome :)

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  33. beautiful presentation....looks perfect!!

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  34. I love your pictures!! Sounds delicious.

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  35. What a beautiful dish. It looks fantastic, I'd love to try it. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  36. Beautiful presentation, looks delicious.

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  37. oh yum, this looks wonderful and what a creative presentation!

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  38. Nice clicks....I just love to have cabbage thoran with rice & sambar.

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  39. That looks perfectly beautiful! I really like this simple recipe and this dish reminded me of Chinese lettuce wrap but yours is way healthier!

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  40. Cabbage and coconut,great combo :D

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  41. Cabbage and coconut,great combo :D

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  42. hey very nice pics.. Love the presentation and clarity of the pics.. I love cabbage stir fry..

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  43. We have this kind condiment for vegetables or sprinkle to the soup. Just different spices, but grated coconut is used.

    I guess our condiment is influenced from South India culinary, just like other dishes. :)

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  44. awesome pic...my son hates cabbage..but im sure if it looked like this he will change his mind!

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  45. cabbage thoran sounds great; tantalizing presentation!!! brilliant !!!

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  46. Thank you everyone for visiting and leaving your lovely notes.. I read through them all and I am glad.

    Tina: Camera is Canon Rebel Xsi...

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  47. I don't have any words for the clicks... I'm at awe... too good :-)

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  48. Such an innovative way of presenting one of my favourite thorans.. :D - Anita Menon

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