Easy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry (Thoran)

Easy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry (Thoran)
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Thoran is a daily staple at most homes in Kerala. It is a vegetable stir fry with grated coconut and delicately spiced with cumin, turmeric, mustard, chilies and curry leaves. It is typically served with steamed rice.

Ingredients
2 cups kale, finely chopped
4 tbsp coconut, grated, fresh or frozen
10 shallots/small red onions, sliced, fresh or frozen (optional)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1/2 -1 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 green chilies, finely chopped
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal/split vigna mungo (optional)
1-2 red chilies
15 curry leaves
salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

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Finely chop kale.

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Grate fresh coconut or thaw out frozen grated coconut.

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Heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds followed by urad dal, red chilies and curry leaves. When the urad dal turns a nice golden brown, add shallots, green chilies and garlic and saute for a few seconds.

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Now add kale, grated coconut, cumin and turmeric. To avoid overcooking the kale, saute just for a minute or two until it’s about three-fourth cooked. Since the kale is finely chopped it will cook very quickly and will continue to cook after it’s been removed from the heat. Enjoy with steaming hot rice.



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