Thoran or Poduthuval Recipe

Yields: 2 Cups (Serves 3 to 4 People)
Preparation Time: 15 to 20 Minutes

Cabbage / Green Beans / Snake Gourd (Podalangai) / Cluster Beans (Kothavarakkai) / Carrot / Beetroot / Kovakkai (Tinda) – 3 cups when chopped fine
Water – 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Grinding Mixture
Grated Coconut – 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Green Chilli – 2 to 3 nos (depending on spiciness desired)
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal – 1 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – 3 to 4 nos


  1. Heat oil in a kadai or big saute pan.
  2. Add mustard seeds and urad dal.
  3. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the chopped vegetable(s), turmeric powder and water.
  4. Close with lid to allow the vegetable to cook.
    (Checkpoint: The vegetable should not be overcooked. It should maintain its crispness.)
  5. Add salt and mix well.
  6. Grind the coconut and green chilli without adding water.
  7. Add the coconut-chilli paste to the cooked vegetable and saute well.
  8. Season with curry leaves.
  9. Serve.


Serve as a side dish for rice, or also for chappathis and rotis.


  1. You can use a combination of the vegetables as well.

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