- Snake gourd / Padavalanga - 2 medium sized (approx 1 pound)chopped into small pieces
- Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
- Shallots - 3 chopped
- Green chillies - 2 chopped
- Curry leaves - 1 spring
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- salt - to taste
- Garlic - 2 cloves chopped fine(optional)
- mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Crush together (with your hand)the grated coconut, shallots,garlic, green chillies , turmeric powder ad curry leaves and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
When it splutters add the vegetable and salt to taste and stir fry for 2 minutes.
Add in the coconut mixture and mix well.
Cover and cook on medium flame until the vegetable is cooked .
If it gives out any moisture stir fry in an open pan on high flame until the mixture is dry.
Serve with rice.
NOTE: This is the basic recipe for any kind of Thoran .You can use cabbage, beetroot,carrots, kovakka,bittergourd,beans,cauliflower etc and follow the same method.
Just adjust cooking time for each vegetable.