Cabbage thoran / Cabbage stir fry – Kerala style

cabbage thoran
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Cabbage : 500gm finely chopped
Grated coconut : 1cup
Green chillies : 5nos
Tumeric powder : 1/4th tsp
Mustard seeds : 1tsp
Curry leaves : 2 sprig
Shallots : 1 sliced vertically
Cumin seeds : 2 pinch
Oil : 2 tbsp
Salt : as needed
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Thoran is a popular and common dry Kerala dish traditionally made of finely chopped vegetable (any vegetable  of choice) such as, unripe jack fruit, bitter-gourd, cabbage or of leaves such as green or red cheera,  Moringa etc. The chopped vegetable is mixed together with grated coconut, mustard seeds, curry leaves and turmeric powder and briefly stirred on a pan over a very hot fire. Thoran is usually served along with steamed rice. It is usually served as part of the Kerala feast /Sadhya along with other dishes.

This is the recipe for preparation of Kerala cabbage thoran. Try it and let me know your comments.

Cabbage thoran preparation

  1. In a pan add oil,  splutter mustard seeds, onion and curry leaves and saute till onion becomes brown.
  2. Add shredded cabbage, salt and turmeric powder to the pan and saute.
  3. Meanwhile mix the grated coconut, green chillies,cumin seeds to a coarse form in a mixer.
  4. Add the ingredients in the mixer to the pan and saute.
  5. Cover the pan and cook on medium heat and saute in between.
  6. Cook till the cabbage become soft.
  7. Enjoy as a side dish for rice and serve hot.


  • You can also add spring onion along with cabbage.
  • If you wish use red chillies instead of green or you can use both.
  • Do not use water for cooking cabbage.

This entry was written on October 11th, 2016 by in Festivals and tagged with , , , , , , , , . Last revised on October 23rd, 2016.

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