Beans Thoran / Poriyal ~ Green Beans sautéed with Coconut

January 20, 2014 · 2 comments

in Cuisine : Indian, Cuisine : Kerala, Cuisine : Tam Brahm, Cuisine : TamilNadu, Sadya, Uncategorized, Vegetable(dry), Vegetarian

Beans Thoran

Thoran is the generic word in Kerala cuisine for anything that is sautéed with coconut. You can use any vegetable or a combination of vegetables for this. The commonly seen vegetables and combos are carrot thoran, cabbage thoran, green beans thoran or simply called beans thoran, carrot-beans thoran, cabbage-green peas thoran, raw jackfruit/breadfruit thoran, raw plantain thoran. I have recipes of broccoli – carrot thoran and sprouts thoran up on the blog. This is the third recipe of the thoran variety that I am posting here.

Beans Thoran (2)

As with any recipe, many homecooks have different recipes for thoran. It is roughly the same, but there are some subtle differences there. Even the thorans I make, I have learnt from my mom, my aunts, neighbours, friends and my mom-in-law. So, I have the several tweaks that I know and I combine a few here and there and the recipe for that day is purely dictated by my mood.

Beans Thoran (3)

Beans Thoran / Poriyal - Green Beans Sauteed with Coconut
Write a review
  1. Green Beans, chopped - 1 cup
  2. Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  3. Black Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  4. Curry leaves - 8-10
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Salt - to taste
To grind together
  1. Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
  2. Green chillies - 2
  1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
  2. Throw in the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the curry leaves at this time.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the beans and turmeric powder and give it a quick stir.
  4. Close the pan and let the beans cook in the low heat.
  5. Pulse the coconut and green chillies in a food processor (I use the small jar of the Indian mixer)
  6. Once the green beans are tender, add the coconut mixture to it. Add salt and mix well.
  7. Serve with rice or rotis.
  1. Sprinkle a little water to the pan and close it so there is some moisture to cook the beans, if you want it.
Mirch Masala

Beans Thoran (4)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rafeeda January 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

my favorite thoran…


2 Vegetarian Recipes January 24, 2014 at 2:41 am

all your photos come out very well…. thanks for the great recipe


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: