Whenever we make sambar or rasam, we need a thoran or poriyal to go along with it. The other day when I made pumpkin sambar, I had made this simple carrot thoran as side dish. This is an easy and quick stir-fry with carrots and little seasonings. This stir-fry goes well with sambar, rasam and even curd rice.
I have added garlic in this stir-fry but it is optional. I love garlic so add it wherever I can! You can also add some finely chopped shallots/small onions to this. Let's see how to make this simple stir-fry.
Carrot - 2 cup, cut into small cubes
Green chilly - 1, chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Whole dry red chilly - 1, halved
Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
1. Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it pops, add urad dal and dry red chilly and fry till dal becomes golden.
2. Then add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Then add green chilly, curry leaves and saute for another few seconds.
3. Then add the carrots, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook in medium heat till carrots become soft. Do not add any water.
4. Once the carrots are cooked, fry them in high heat for 2-3 minutes. Then add the coconut and fry for a minute. Remove from heat.