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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Cabbage(Muttakoos) Thoran (VIDEO)

Cabbage thoran or muttakoos stir-fry is a simple and one of the traditional stir-fry made in Kerala. This thoran (stir-fry) needs no explanation and is very simple to prepare. This is one of the fibre packed stir-fry that every malayali household makes once a week. And so, I never felt the need to post this recipe here, as the making is so simple. Cabbage Pakora is one recipe that I liked making with cabbage that you can try on a cold monsoon evenings with a cup of garam chai(tea).

However, my grandma used to make this thoran(stir-fry) in a special way and I used to love that and so follow the same till date. She used to thoroughly mix the cabbage along with grated coconut and leave for some time. This really brings out the delicious flavours in the stir-fry than simply cooking the stir-fry like others. And, one of my neighbour aunty once told me that adding the coarsely ground coconut at the end of cooking cabbage adds a unique flavour and when I tried this, I too could taste the fresh nutty flavour of the coconut. So I started adding the coconut at the end, but you may always add the crushed coconut to my grandma's style of mixing and then coo together. I have posted almost every unique stir-fry recipes with different veggies listed at the end of the page, please scroll down to check any recipes. Do give this stir-fry this way and feel the difference. If you notice the change in taste, please let me know too 😊

Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~ 10 minutes
Serves ~ 4-5
Author ~ Julie
cabbage 1/2 
onion 1 small or shallots 10
green chillies 2-3
ginger 1' piece
curry leaves, a sprig

to coarsely grind
coconut grated 1/2 cup

to temper 
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

  • Wash and chop the cabbage in smaller strands. Peel and cut the ginger and onion, chop small. Cut the green chilli in 3-4 pieces. Remove the stalk from curry leaves. Add all of this to the chopped cabbage.
  • IMPORTANT TIP: Add the turmeric powder and add salt lightly. Mix thoroughly with hands by crushing so that everything looks combined. Leave for 10 minutes until the cabbage leaves out moisture.

  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. To this, add the combined mix of cabbage.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes till the cabbage looks half way cooked. 
  • Add salt if needed, and add the coarsely ground coconut. Add 2tbsp of water to the blender jar to remove the residual coconut and add to the mix. Give a quick stir and cook again for 2 -3 minutes. 
  • Finally, dry up any moisture left in the stir-fry and switch off the flame. Serve warm with steamed rice.

* You may add a tsp of sambar parippu or chana dal while tempering. Some people do that, but we generally don't add, so just skipped.
* You can add the grated coconut just like that too, without coarsely grinding. Coarsely grinding adds a binding to the thoran (stir-fry).



Angie's Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks like a really healthy and tasty treat! For sure a new way to make cabbage!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy easy thoran, love it.