Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Upperi / Kerala Cabbage Stir-Fry

Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Upperi / Kerala Cabbage Stir-Fry

Today, I wanted to make an easy side dish. Thoran is a popular and traditional dish in Kerala which is served in Onam festival feast Sadya. In some parts of Kerala, thoran is also referred to as upperi. There are a lot of different varieties of thoran like beetroot thoran, vendakkai thoran, carrot thoran (the list goes on and on). Here, I’m gonna make Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Upperi / Kerala Cabbage Stir-Fry which is pretty easy to cook. It takes only 15 minutes of your time.

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Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Upperi / Kerala Cabbage Stir-Fry

In my Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Upperi / Kerala Cabbage Stir-Fry, I’m giving a mild spice touch by adding pepper powder (which makes it so yummy.) As I’m a fish lover, I love to pair cabbage thoran with fish curry, fish fry and steamed rice for a satisfying meal. If you are a veg lover, you can pair it with sambar, rasam, and papad.

Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Upperi / Kerala Cabbage Stir-Fry

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Serves
4

I have a bite-sized video to show you how to make this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Cabbage – 4 cups, chopped
  • Shallots (small onion) – 4, sliced
  • Coconut – 1/4 cup, shredded
  • Green chili – 3, slits (optional)
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – To taste

To Temper

  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Asafoetida (Hing) – A pinch

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add items given under ‘To Temper.’ Add onion, green chili, and sauté it for a couple of minutes. 
  2. Add asafoetida, cabbage, pepper powder, turmeric powder, and salt and stir it well. Close it with a lid and let it cook for 6- 8 minutes (if needed sprinkle some water and stir occasionally while cooking to avoid burning the bottom.)
  3. Once it gets cooked, add shredded coconut and mix it well.

Cabbage Thoran / Cabbage Upperi / Kerala Cabbage Stir-Fry is ready to serve with steamed rice.

Notes

  1. You can skip pepper powder if you don’t want to make it spicy.
  2. Coconut oil can be used to bring out an authentic Kerala flavor.
  3. Don’t add more water; just sprinkle some. Otherwise, it will turn soggy.

 

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