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. 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. 😀 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. 🙂
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! 😉 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… 🙂 Since french beans are a little work to be cut, I often resort to getting string beans. At least the work is little less! 😉 For me, a meal of rice, moru curry, fish fry and loads of this thoran is bliss for lunch.
- 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
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- ½ 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.