Achinga Payar Thoran ~ String Beans Stir Fry



We are a family who loves stir fries. And I would say, Alhamdulillah for that. All the folks needs with rice is some simple curry to go with it and loads of “upperi”, as we call it. Β When umma was here, she used to make lunch and she would ask D to cut the vegetables for making the stir fry, since a minimum of a kg would be required to be made and still it wouldn’t be enough. πŸ˜€ The girls don’t even need fish but they would eat their rice well if they have a vegetable stir fry by the side. Usually it is beetroot, carrot or cabbage and for me, it’s always got to be french beans!


In Malayalam terminology, “upperi” or “mezhukupuratti”, simply means stir fried vegetables in some oil, with minimal seasoning. It may or may not include coconut. But when you say “thoran”, it always includes a lavish sprinkling of coconut. I say “lavish” as you cannot skimp on the usage of coconut in a thoran. There should be loads of it for the stir fry to be qualified as a thoran. πŸ™‚


This week, also I do the Blogging Marathon #74 and the theme chosen is “Quick and Easy Stir Fries”. So you will see three delicious yet simply vegetable stir fries that grace our lunch tables in rotation! πŸ˜‰Β When Srivalli gave the themes for the Blogging Marathon, just like the pudding theme, I had no confusion over selecting this theme since it is easy for a stir fry loving family like mine! So this is my first recipe for this theme… πŸ™‚ Since french beans are a little work to be cut, I often resort to getting string beans. At least the work is little less! πŸ˜‰ For me, a meal of rice, moru curry, fish fry and loads of this thoran is bliss for lunch.




4.50 from 2 votes

Achinga Payar Thoran ~ String Beans Stir Fry

Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 300 gms string beans washed and cut into meduim sized pcs
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut


  • Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan.
  • Splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Briefly fry the curry leaves and green chillies.
  • Add in the beans with the turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Close the lid and cook. When halfway, add salt and continue to cook till done.
  • Sprinkle in the grated coconut and toss it well. Cook for another couple of minutes and switch off.
  • Serve hot as side with rice and curry.


Do not add any water to cook string beans. When the lids is close, the vapor will generate enough liquid to let the beans cook.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#74


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  1. Simple yummy thoran. Love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  2. simple and healthy stir fry

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  3. I love that you made this coconut! Simple and wonderfully delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  4. Just prefect to enjoy with some hot rice and papads, simply delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  5. Me too love french beans???? I never knew the difference between thoran and uperi. Thought it was regional dialect difference. So then what is varav? ????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Same pinch on the french beans! πŸ™‚ Varav, upperi and mezhukupuratti are the same – just means stir fry, in just oil and some condiments. Thoran has loads of coconut in it, and that is the major difference. Even I never knew, just learning… πŸ™‚

  6. Rafeeda, thanks for that difference between thoran and uperi..:)..I always only referred everything as thoran. :)..I was thinking string beans was also French this one looks different..anyway this is such a simple and healthy one to make and so lovely to read about your family too..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Going from state to state, it gets interesting to see variations. πŸ™‚ String beans are the long ones, that look like a rope, so it is easier to chop, unlike the french beans which are short. I hope you get the difference… Thanks a lot Srivalli…

      1. Are you referring to karamani by any chance?..

        1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

          I was searching through Google and yes, it is called karamani…

  7. Love the flavours infused in this simple yet delicious stir fry!! String Beans is one of my all time fav vegetable πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  8. STring beans stir fry looks great. Nicely done

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sarita…

  9. 5 stars
    Ive made thoran before with cabbage. Will have to try your version also!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      We make thoran off almost all vegetables… Thanks a lot Mireille…

  10. I too prepare the same way with grated coconut. Healthy & easy stir fry.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sandhiya…

  11. I always go for mezhukku piratti for achinga Payar. Sometimes with yam or vazhakka with it. It’s a vegetable that’s easy to chop so i buy it often

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Love the idea of adding yam or plantain in it, will try… thanks a lot Rajani…

  12. 4 stars
    Same pinch… Even for me rice and mezhukkupuratti or thoran is enough to have a blissful dinner. I too make payar thoran the same way. The only difference is I cut payar like this for mezhukkupuratti and for thoran I cut it really small. Good clicks πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruchi…

  13. Homely comforting stir fry…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Jeena…

  14. This is my kind of a dish — simple, easy to make and delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Pavani…

  15. Love these simple thorans. Perfect during busy weekdays.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Srividhya…

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