Thoran is an easy and healthy South Indian stir fry. Carrot beans thoran is one of the most common and simplest stir fry that goes well with any South Indian gravy - be it a sambar, rasam or kuzhambu. It even tastes great with plain white rice mixed with ghee. This simple thoran can also be made for the onasadya.
This is a quick and basic thoran recipe that beginners in cooking can easily try. Garlic adds a lovely flavor to the thoran but if you can skip it if you do not want. Carrot and beans have high nutritional values and this stir fry is a delicious way to include them in our daily meals. Serve this thoran with any South Indian gravy.
CARROT BEANS THORAN / STIR FRY RECIPE
3 medium size carrots, cut into small cubes
2 cup chopped beans
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil
½ cup grated coconut
2 green chillies
5-6 curry leaves
2 cloves garlic (optional)
For the tempering:
1 tsp mustard seeds
¾ tsp split urad dal
Pinch of asafoetida / hing / kaayam
Few curry leaves
1 dried red chilly, broken
1. Coarsely grind coconut, green chillies, curry leaves and garlic without adding any water. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add urad dal, asafoetida, red chilly and curry leaves. Fry till dal turns golden.
3. Add the carrot, beans, turmeric powder, salt and mix well. Saute for 2 minutes. Then add the ground coconut and combine.
4. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked. Take care not to overcook the vegetables.
5. Stir fry for another 3-4 minutes or until it becomes dry.