Cook's Hideout: Zucchini Thoran (Kerala Style Zucchini stir fry)

April 30, 2016

Zucchini Thoran (Kerala Style Zucchini stir fry)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 
Day 25: Z for Zucchini Thoran
It is the last and final day of this month's mega marathon and time sure flew right by. For letter Z, I knew I had to make something with Zucchini, but it took me a while to finalize on what to make.
Kerala Style Zucchini stir fry
After discussing with Rajani about the possible zucchini dishes to make, I finally made this zucchini thoran from Kitchen Mishmash. Thoran is a very simple and basic Kerala dry curry that can be made with just about any fresh vegetable. I make cabbage thoran quite often, so I tried making zucchini thoran this time.
Zucchini being a water vegetable cooks in less than 10 minutes. Also it gets very mushy if overcooked, so better to cook it until just tender. So this is a quick and easy thoran that can be whipped up in no time. Tastes yummy when served with rice and dal.

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Mishmash:

Zucchini Thoran
  • 2 Medium Zucchini, chopped
  • ¼cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 2~3 Green Chilies, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ½tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2tsp Coconut Oil
  • ½tsp Mustad seeds
  • ½tsp Urad Dal
  • 1~2 Dry Red Chilies
  • ¼tsp Turmeric
  • To taste Salt
  1. Blend coconut, onion, green chilies, garlic and cumin into a coarse paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and urad dal; once the seeds start to splutter, add the zucchini and turmeric. Cover and cook till zucchini is fork tender, about 6~8 minutes.
  3. Add the ground coconut paste, mix well and cook till it doesn't smell raw anymore, about 3~4 minutes. Season with salt and turn off the heat. Serve warm with steamed rice and dal.
Kerala Style Zucchini stir fry
Kerala Dishes that I made this week: 
U for Ulli Theeyal
W for Wheat Payasam 
X for X-Mas Cake 
Y for Yam Fry
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  1. Your thoran looks so inviting. Loved all your recipes this month..

  2. Zucchini cooks very fast and I don't like mushy zucchini. Thoran is a nice idea. Will try this next time I cook with zucchini.

  3. Pavani, what a lovely thoran you got. Zucchini is the star today! and loved all the different versions that came up. I enjoyed your journey through the cuisines, each week with different cuisines. Awesome job there!

  4. The curry sounds delicious with simple flavors. Loved all your dishes this marathon, from the four corners of the country.

  5. Thoran with zucchini looks prefect to relish with a bowl of curd rice, fantastic pick for Z. Pavani, you simply rocked with your 26dishes, enjoyed thoroughly all your virtual treats.

  6. Loved your 4 states series Pavani and not to forgot your breathtaking pictures.Zucchini is the hero for the day and your thoran looks so comforting.

  7. So many zucchini dishes today. :-) Same pinch. I did zucchini too. Love the thoran with zucchini. yum

  8. Love the thoran Pavani, simple yet flavorful:)

  9. Zucchini is the star today!! Lovely thoran and loved all your dishes from all over India.

  10. Another zuccini recipe ! am loving all these delicious innovations . It has been truly a beautiful marathon and I have enjoyed reading your posts.

  11. Simple yet delicious looking thoran.Nice pick for the letter.

  12. Zucchini seems to be Z hero! Lovely share to finish the journey through the four corners of India. Great pics too!


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