Saturday, February 4, 2012

Beetroot Thoran



A typical lunch menu in our house would consist of a Sambar and a thoran or mezhukuperatti, or Molaguttal and some tangy pachadi with rice, followed by rice and buttermilk or curds.

 Thorans are dry curries perfect with Sambar, Rasam or Mor Kootan. They can be prepared with different vegetables like, Beans, Yard Long Beans, Cabbage, Tender Jackfruit, Raw Papaya etc. They can also be prepared using a combination of veggies like, Cabbage, Carrot and green peas, or Beans and Carrot, Beet and carrot, amaranth leaves etc. These are spiced with a coarse paste of fresh coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds, garnished with fresh aromatic curry leaves. They are generally tempered in just about a tsp or two of coconut oil but any other oil would be just fine.

A variation to the regular thorans is to add cooked dals like Moong dal or tuar dal. Today’s recipe is one such. The dal has to be cooked just right, it should not get mushy.

Serves 2


What you'll need

  1. Beetroot – 2 Medium Sized/ 250 gms
  2. Tuar Dal – 1 tbsp
  3. Scraped Fresh Coconut – 2 tbsp
  4. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  5. Green Chilly – 1
  6. Curry Leaves – few
  7. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  8. Spilt Urad Dal – ½ tsp
  9. Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Coconut Oil – 2 tsp

Method

  1. Wash, peel and finely chop beetroot.
  2. Wash the tuar dal and add it to a vessel, add just enough water to barely cover the dal.
  3. Now, add the chopped beetroot on top of the dal.
  4. Cook this in the pressure cooker for 2 or 3 whistles.
  5. Heat a Kadai with oil, add the mustard seeds, once they crackle add the urad dal.
  6. Let the dal brown, then add the cooked beet and dal.
  7. Add turmeric powder and salt to taste.
  8. Let this fry for about 4 to 5 minutes or till all the moisture is absorbed.
  9. In the meanwhile, grind the coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds coarsely, without adding water.
  10. Add this ground paste to the beetroot after all the moisture has been absorbed. Mix well and remove from heat.



That’s it healthy and tasty beetroot thoran is ready.

Linking this to Show me your HITS - Healthy Delights and to the Kerala Kitchen hosted by Roshan

28 comments:

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very healthy and inviting thoran. Would love to prepare it any of the weekdays. Excellent preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Archana said...

Looks so yummy. Will love to have it any day.

Jaleela said...

nice and colourful beet thoran I am always prepare with moor kuzambu. beetroot is our family favorite veggie

Vardhini said...

Colorful and healthy.

Vardhini
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Prathima Rao said...

Healthy thoran!!
Prathima Rao
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Ramya said...

adding dal is new t me..will try it that way

hemalata said...

I've never tried beetroot with dal. Innovative and healthy... Looks extremely delicious...

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Vimitha Anand said...

Healthy thoran. Nice side dish

faseela said...

wow...healthy n attractive thoran....superbly done

faseela said...

healthy n attractive thoran....superb

Kavi said...

I used to wonder what the Thoran word meant. :) Thanks for sharing.
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maha said...

healthy n attractive colour of thoran..yummy one.......

Roshan said...

thanks for linking this recipe to the Kerala Kitchen

Aarthi said...

This looks so good..

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Hema said...

Healthy thoran, luv the color..

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy and colorful thoran

Now Serving said...

always a fav with me :)

Indie.Tea said...

That looks like a delicious and nutritious thoran. Yum!

Biny Anoop said...

hey i love this thoran....actually it tastte gud gud with rice....congrats on the kerala dish round up...awesome collectn

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking beetroot looks wonderful

Sravs said...

healthy and nice !!

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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious thoran kaveri,luks tempting...love it with curd rice:)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Delicious looking comfort food, very yummy.

anthony stemke said...

I like the beets and dal, this is a lovely recipe and good for you too.

Vidhya said...

Lovely and delicious thoran.

Christy Gerald said...

Healthy n good Beet Thoran Dear.Yumm combn for Rice n Sambar

sangee vijay said...

love beets a lot...this thoran is one among my fav,liked the addition of dals to it-makes it more tasty and healthy...
thanks for linking to the event
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Haddock said...

That looks great, but beetroot always turns out to be soggy.

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