Friday, April 30, 2010

Cabbage Thoran - for the newly weds, neutral families and amateurs:)!

As one of my best friends' suggested, I'm thinking of concentrating on the basic recipes too a little bit more along with the new ones.. Now, regarding cabbage thoran, what can I say, it is considered to be one compulsory item in the basic menu of any Keralite's tiffin box, isn't it? which simply means its easy to make n also nutritious, which our moms would've aimed at while we were schoolgoers, right? a 'thattikkoottu'(prepared in rush without much effort) item as we Keralites would describe it, this one goes to all those newly weds and those away from home struggling to impress their hubbies :).. 

Ingredients :

Cabbage : 1 cup
Coconut oil : 2 tbspn
Mustard seeds : 1/2 tspn
Dried red chilly : 2 nos.
Curry leaves : 1 sprig

The following are to be mixed together;

Grated coconut : 1 cup
Sliced shallots : 20 nos. 
Finely sliced green chilly : 1 no.
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tspn
Garlic cut into tiny pieces: 5 pods
Crushed ginger : a pinch or about 1/4 inch piece
Cumin seeds(Jeerakam) : 1/2 tspn
Shredded curry leaves : 1 sprig
  • Mix the aforesaid ingredients (starting from grated coconut) thoroughly with your hands and keep aside.
  • Clean the cabbage by removing the outer cover off it. Cut the cabbage into tiny pieces, as tiny as the grated carrots we use for carrot halwa.
  • Take a non-stick pan or kadai and pour oil onto it. When hot, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add red chillies cut into about 1 inch pieces and saute for 2 secs. Now, add curry leaves and now, the seasoning is done with.
  • Add shredded cabbage to it. Saute for a while under low flame.
  • Add the mixed ingredients and required salt. Mix well with a spatula. Add a little oil through the sides if required. 
  • Cook covered under low flame, sauteing them occasionally.
  • And... thats it!
 Note : Add a little water after adding the mixed ingredients if you are not using a non-stick pan.
           You may avoid using ginger if you are fine with the raw smell of cabbage.

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