Thursday, July 25, 2019



Thoran is a coconut-based vegetable dish which is popular in Kerala cuisine. This side dish is usually served with sambar and steamed rice. In today's recipe, the veggies used are carrots and French Beans.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find some other popular recipes from Kerala such as Ash Gourd Pumpkin Coconut Stew, Mathanga Erissery, and Ulli Theeyal.

This has been adapted from Carrot Beans Thoran contributed by Karthika Gopalakrishnan in Archana's Kitchen.

I tried out this easy to make side dish recently and we thoroughly enjoyed the Carrot Beans thoran for lunch.

  • Large-sized Carrots, 2, approx 150 gms
  • French Beans, 200 gms
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup
  • Green Chillies, 3
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Black Gram (Urad) Dal, 1 tsp
  • Baby Onions, 4-5 
  • Curry Leaves, 1 sprig
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coconut Oil, 1 tsp


Wash the carrots and French Beans. Snip off the ends and de-string the French Beans and chop them.
Peel and chop the carrots
Peel and chop the baby onions
Cook the chopped carrots and French Beans adding turmeric powder, a little salt and 1/4 cup of water in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles
Allow the cooker to cool, remove the steamed vegetables and keep aside
Grind together the fresh coconut gratings, green chillies, and cumin seeds in a mixer jar to a coarse paste without adding any water. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and on medium heat add the mustard seeds
When they splutter add the urad dal
When the dal changes colour add the chopped baby onions
Saute till the baby onions become translucent
Now add the ground masala and saute for a few seconds
To this, add the steamed carrots and French Beans and mix well
Check for salt and add if required
Cook for a minute  and transfer to a serving bowl
Serve hot along with sambar and steamed rice

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