Thoran in My Side

A classic Keralan dish

When Asha Gomez started a monthly supper club to introduce people to the cuisine of her native Kerala, India, she never expected to have a waiting list of 100 people each night. Now, more than a year after that first dinner, Gomez has opened Cardamom Hill in Atlanta. Gomez's recipe for thoran, a classic coconut-flecked dish, can be altered to incorporate any vegetables on hand. Don't let the chopping demands deter you: The vegetables are cut into small pieces to expedite the cooking, which happens blissfully fast. Editor's note: Cardamon Hill is now closed.

Recipe adapted from Asha Gomez, Cardamom Hill, Atlanta, GA

Green Bean And Carrot Thoran
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Gomez's recipe for thoran, a classic coconut-flecked dish, can be altered to incorporate any vegetables on hand.
Servings
4
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pound green beans, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced small
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup frozen grated coconut, available at Indian markets (or substitute finely grated dried unsweetened coconut soaked at room temperature in ¼ cup water until the water is absorbed)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 serrano chile
Optional Ingredients
  • 8 to 10 fresh curry leaves (optional)
Directions
  1. In a large skillet set over medium heat, warm the coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, after about 2 minutes, add the cumin seeds and curry leaves and cook for 1 minute. Add the beans, carrots, turmeric powder and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the beans and carrots are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. With a mortar and pestle or in a blender, crush the coconut, garlic and serrano chile until well combined. Add the coconut mixture to the beans and carrots and stir to mix well. Cook for 1 minute and remove from the heat. Serve immediately.
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