Friday, April 1, 2011

Spinach Thoran

Its summer vacation here so am busy keeping the kids busy. Trying my level best to post in between and visit your blogs as well.
Thoran or Upperi (Malayalam: തോരന്‍, pronounced [t̪oːɾan]) is a Kerala cuisine dish (South India). This popular and common dish is usually prepared to be eaten along with steamed rice. It is usually served as part of the Sadhya along with other dishes.

Spinach Thoran

1 big bunch spinach leaves
1 onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
1green chilli
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/2 cup grated coconut
salt to taste
1/2tsp ground tumeric

  • Wash clean the spinach leaves and chop.
  • Slice the onion and chop the garlic.
  • Slit the chilli into 2 long pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Let the mustard seeds crackle.
  • Saute the onion, garlic and chilli.
  • Add the spinach and tumeric and salt. Stir well,and cook. Do not cover.
  • When its almost done add the grated coconut and stir well.
  • Take off the heat and serve hot with some freshly made chappatis.
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  1. I love the idea of adding coconut to the spinach! Delicious.

  2. A very healthy recipe!!


  3. Since I found out how great the tumeric spice is for our health...I've been sprinkling it on my Italian minestrone soup among other meals.

    Shirley...This Spinach delicacy must be even better with the added coconut. Yum ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  4. Wonderful dish! I like the combination of flavors.
    In Romania summer vacation will start in 3 months from now. I didn't know that in your country the summer vacation is now!

  5. I adore spinach, but the rest of my family doesn't. I think adding coconut might just change their minds. Thank you.

  6. delicious we make like this with many greens looks wonderfully healthy Shirl

  7. I like the combination of flavors in this....I'm intrigued by the coconut and spinach combo.

  8. I just got some coconut flakes. I guess it should work?

  9. I bet making spinach this way can add in extra flavours. Fragrant & delicious. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, Kristy

  10. What a flavorful and delicious preparation of spinach, love the addition of coconut and turmeric too!

  11. very interesting recipe,I will try it !

  12. I became watery and blackish. I want it like and dry.

  13. Hi Swati,
    Thank you for writing in. The spinach will turn blackish when its over cooked. Which means valuable nutrients are also lost. It should be cooked just enough to blanch. Do not cover while cooking.

  14. Looks so good! We love veggie dishes like this. Can't wait to try it!



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