Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mixed Thoran

Lent, the 40 days before Easter Sunday is a time marked with prayer and sacrifices.  I am not about to tell you how disciplined and devout I am but just that I have been trying to keep things simple.  From the Dal Makhani and Koftas you know simple has only been translating to vegetarian not light.   Yesterday, however, was marked with simplicity.  I made sautéed vegetable and spiced butter milk to go with rice.  A simple spread indeed, you will agree.  


Ingredients:
Carrot - 1
Cabbage - half or 1/4
Green Beans - a bunch
(The measurements are all approximate.  When cut into small pieces the vegetable was about 4 cups)
Green chilies - 3 - 4 (however, hot you want it reduce or increase)
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tspn
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn
Garlic - 1 clove
Ginger -  a tiny piece (optional)
Jeera/ Cumin- 1/4 tspn (optional)
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Shallots - 4 or 5 (use some to grind and some for tempering)
Oil - 1 Tbspn
Salt -  to taste
Method:
1. Grind together coconut, garlic, green chilies shallots, cumin and ginger coarsely with little or no water as possible
2. Heat 1 tbspn of oil and splutter mustard followed with curry leaves and shallots and add the ground coconut mixture
3. Stir for a few seconds and add the vegetables
4. If you have cut all the vegetable fine then if you keep stirring occasionally on medium heat you can cook the vegetable in its own water uncovered.  

Notes:
1. The trick to make this dish tasty is the right cooking of the vegetables.  
2. They have to be crispy and not overcooked.  
3. Too less and too much cooking will spoil the taste. 
4. Keep tasting in between if you are doing this for the first time to make sure you switch the flame off in time

Contributor: Sunitha

51 comments:

  1. hey such beautiful click..makes me hungry..mixed thoran looks so tasty..

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  2. very colorful...looking yummy...pls collect your awards from my space...did'nt take lent this time...my hubby can't survive without non veg... :(

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  3. Hey ppl...Colorful...We are sure it tastes good as it looks...Yummo!!!

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    Kairali sisters

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  4. love the colors...Excellent click..looks so yummy!!!

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  5. Sunitha and namitha,

    Some time simple dishes are great, i always enjoy simple dishes. mixed thoran looks good

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  6. The Thoran looks great and tempting as usual!

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  7. so colourful namitha,simple,flavourful dish with such good photos...give some tips on photography,...i should learn many things from you...

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  8. woww..beautiful click dear..superb presentation.. :)

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  9. Mixed thoran looks so simple and colorful
    Very nice presentation..

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  10. Mixed thoran looks so simple and colorful
    Very nice presentation..

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  11. new for me.. sounds delicious n looks tasty..
    i tried cream cheese dip and i liked it.

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  12. very healthy.. lovely presentation as usual

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  13. Most of the times its the simple meal that bring great satisfaction. Lovely thoran!

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  14. Beautiful clicks! Healthy and colorful thoran! I make this often with the same vegs, sometimes i add broccoli too..

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  15. Gorgeous pic and presentation. After a heavy meal I always cook simple Indian food for a day or two

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  16. Delcious looking thoran. I can eat them just like that. I know i am greedy :-)

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  17. Thoran looks simple and delicious !! Colorful Clicks !!

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  19. This sounds super delish adn i know these flavours so my taste buds already recognize jus how elicious this will be so am so drooling here.....

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  20. Very catchy and colourful thoran..looks yummm!!

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  21. I need more delicious and healthy dishes like this!

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  22. Never tried this or say haven't tasted. Let metry some day and let u knw. Nice clicks as always

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  23. Very nice presentation...thoran looks gorgeous and tasty :)

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  24. The veg look so colourful and cooked to perfection.

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  25. Dear Sunitha..Looks like a recipe so appropriate for Spring because of all the colors... It a simple and easy recipe and so healthy. Awesome Clicks..

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  26. Looks simple and delicious. Perfect side to have with rice. Nice clicks.

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  27. Thoran looks delicious. Please collect your awards at my blog dear :)

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  28. That's a beautiful, healthy mix. Looks very delicious. I love it. Thanks. MaryMoh from http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  29. Simple food is always delicious. Lovely click.

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  30. Thoran with mango kootan is a favorite at home..

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  31. Simple,healthy n colorful stir fry!beautiful click

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  32. Mixed thoran is a total healthy sabzi ! Seems delicious with your beautiful colorful pics.

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  33. Yummy thoran, looks tempting and delicious.

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  34. multicoloured thoran looks so beautiful and yummy....

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  35. Nice to see a desi dish again. Cabbage thoran is my favorite when it is hot and fried brown. I like to eat it crisp :)

    Rice without a thoran is almost unimaginable.

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  36. adipoli thoran....looks colourful!

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  37. I was watching a Jewish film last night and couidn't stop wondering why won't more Jews become vegetarian as that will save them a lot of trouble. I have learnt so many vegetarian dishes from you, thank you!

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  38. Thoran ethayalum fav anu...Looks colourful and delicious..

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  39. nice combo of vegs...love this thoran...

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  40. i never tried mixed veggies in this style.sounds new and cute pictures too

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  41. Simple, healthy and tasty recipe!

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  42. Wooow,,,thoran looks perfect n delicious. i like cabbage,carrot n beans poriyal,i hv nt tried like ur version. sure will try like this and will taste nice with rasam rice.thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep on smiling.

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  43. Ooh! It's so vibrant and thrilling! I'd have it with rice and sambar! Yummy yum!

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  44. Next time when I stir fry cabbage with turmeric, I also want to add carrot and green beans like your dish, look simple and yummy!

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  45. carrot, cabbage and beans huh..nice..never tried that before...

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  46. oh this looks so beautiful and flavorful!

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  47. Loved your colourful healthy thoran!

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  48. Yummy Thoran! We call them as poriyal:) Anyway mixing great choices of vegetable in one serving is really a helpful idea! Love it.

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  49. wow nice thoran...i also love perfect cooked crispy veges...nice color n loved the spread

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