Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Celery stir fry with coconut/ Celery Thoran

         After torrential rain over the weekend we have a clear blue sky and sunny morning.  These are good reasons to perk up and feel good.  There is no reason to indulge in a carbohydrate fare, release serotonin and  then feel good.  It's celery day.

  I stir fried celery for lunch.  I never thought it will taste good as a thoran.  Celery always brings to mind a strong flavor which goes with Chinese and Continental cooking and I never imagined it to adapt to the Indian cuisine.  When my friend mentioned how they had celery thoran I twisted my lips and made an ugly face, thank god I was on the phone and she didn't see me do that.  I was intrigued nevertheless.  But not enough to try it instantly.  After a year since that conversation, this morning I tried.  Seeing I had piled up celery which were  expediently bought for the purpose of making Chinese stir fry, I decided to give thoran a go.  What do you know, it was pretty good.  I cannot talk flowery language on how ground breaking the taste is but it definitely works well as a thoran.  I am enjoying this new addition to my repertoire of thoran.  Celery.  You will enjoy it too.
Ingredients:
1. Celery - 5-6 stocks (I measured out 3 cups chopped)
2. Onions - 3 Tbspn finely chopped
3. Garlic   - 1 Clove finely chopped
4. Green Chilies - 3 nos finely chopped
5. Mustard - 1/4 tspn
6. Turmeric - 1/4 tspn
7. Coconut - 1/4 cup
8. Canola Oil - 1 Tbspn
9. Salt - a little less than 1/4 tspn (or to taste) table salt

Method:
1. Heat oil in a wok or shallow wide pan and slip in the mustard
2. Once the mustard pops add the chopped onions, garlic and green chilies and saute
3. Follow up with chopped celery and turmeric powder and stir in
4. Add the grated coconut and salt stir to mix well
5. Close with a lid and on low to medium fire or heat cook
6. Celery should express water which aids the cooking but be sure to stir to avoid burning
7. Once cooked which will be in 5 - 6 minutes serve with rotis or rice.

  Contributor: Sunitha

52 comments:

  1. Haa..what a coincidence..Njangalum dha epol oru thoran postye ullu...

    Will try this ketto CC..Looks very good...

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  2. Nice idea of using celery as curry.. looks yummy.. I always love the flavor of celery and this looks so yummy. Wonderful clicks as well.

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  3. looks very tempting..will try this..wonderful click to

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  4. nice colour.. new way of cooking celery.. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. wonderful recipe.. very new to me.. tryly delicious.. thanks for the lovely recipe.. :)

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  6. Looks yummy and sooooo new plus healthy... I can't wait to try this. Gr8 pics :)

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  7. Never tasted celery. I should try this. looks delicious.

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  8. You had me at coconut! This looks so delicious!

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  9. Looks so delicious and healthy. New way to use celery.

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  10. nice curry ... never thought of using celery for it. looks good

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  11. seems delicious,love the colour & the click sunita...

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  12. This is a must try. The coconut did it for me with the celery!

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  13. thats another creative use of celery. looks lovely.

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  14. This seems interesting..new idea ..looks lovely

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  15. Celery thoran thats a new one.Sounds healthy and delicious.

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  16. A very unique and excellent preparation of celery, love it!

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  17. Never tried Thoran with Celery !!Looks Gr8 !! shud give a try soon !

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  18. Celery as thoran, omg never thought of making as stir fry apart from soup and salad..

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  19. ccc-creative celery curry!liked the idea. Will try it out for sure.

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  20. Pretty innovative dish and looks very good. I dont venture beyond soups and stew to use up my celery. Not that I buy it often in the first place :-)

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  21. I've never bought celery because of the strong aroma..this looks a good dish to start !

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  22. I am not a celery fan, but this is making it very tempting.

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  23. Celery kondu thoran aalochichitte ella, ethu kollam ketto..Lovely pics!!

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  24. I never made celery thoran..normally just juice and drink..looks good!!

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  25. Thoran looks yummy..when cooked celery blends in the taste..so I generally put celery in soup/juice/mix veg stir fry..ohh its yumm..

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  26. Hi dearies! Wow, celery is here too! I posted a recipe with celery just now..hehe ;)

    Give me a plate...I wanna eat now :D

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  27. wat an idea sirji! btw, I make ti witha slight variation, I also add moong dal to it..it tastes yum

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  28. wow...very good idea of using celery...superb click

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  29. I honestly can't say that I've ever seen celery look this good! Love that you combined it with coconut!

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  30. I never knew tat celery could be used in making thoran dear..looks yummy:)

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  31. Very interesting! Sounds delicious. I will have to try this.

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  32. celery thoran is such a wonderful idea.. a must try for me now!

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  33. very innovative. looks very good.

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  34. What a great idea and a beautiful photo! I love the one with the curry on the spoon!

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  35. Hey Sunitha,
    Never played around wit celery expect for flavoring casseroles and stocks...a must try..thks for sharing.

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  36. Sunitha,

    I am not a fan of celery, however, i know thoran will make them tasty. Nice recipe.

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  37. My Ma used to make this....I almost forgot about this... thanks to u for reminding me this preparation :-) Wonderful click

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  38. Looks very refreshing and healthy. I love celery. I always add to carrots and apples to make juice...very refreshing and delicious. Thanks for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  39. Questa รจ una ricetta che posso riprodurre nella mia cucina, grazie ciao

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  40. When i read the title that is what i did tii, twisted my face and made a ungly lip, but have to admit after seeing th dish i must say they looks yumm.

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  41. celery thoran is so unique...have to try it!

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  42. I like celery, spiced it with cumin, fennel, turmeric and curry powder and cooked it with tomatoes. Love it!

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  43. Learned a new way to cook celery!

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  44. Wooow nice idea to make poriyal in celery...hv nt tried like this yet...urs looking perfect.

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  45. Wooow nice idea to make poriyal in celery...hv nt tried like this yet...urs looking perfect.

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  46. I have never used celery this way...looks so delicious:)

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  47. Sounds new to me n interesting stir fry that too with celery...

    Lovely clicks sunitha !

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  48. thoran with celery..good idea yarr..
    eye catching pictures

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  49. wow...curry with celery...healthy and looks yummy!!

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  50. really? is it taste good?...oh my god!

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