Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kayatholi Thoran / Plantain Peel Stir Fry





Nendrankai Chips, Sharkarapuratti, Koorkai, Pappadam ….Even the thought of these Kerala specialties brings back fond memories of my late grandfather. I have already mentioned this in one of my earlier posts, but still, while I am writing this post, I am once again reminded of him. He was a person of great courage, determination and will power. He also loved his food. He himself was a great cook and trained my grandmother to cook according to his likings. My grandmother would dutifully prepare all his favorites and serve it to him hot and fresh with lots of love.

Every year my grandfather visits Puthucode our Native place in Kerala during Navarathri and on his return he would bring with him all his Kerala favorites which were not so easily available in Chennai in those days. These would include Nendran Kai Chips, Sharakarapuratti, Pappadam, Koorkai, Chembu. He would not leave the Nendran Kai thol or Peel as well. And with the peel would be prepared this yummy thoran.

It’s been ages since I had this thoran. Last month, when my in-laws, returned from their trip to Sabari Mala, they got a bag of these plantain peels. I was so glad to see it and prepared the thoran immediately. It was a yummy and nostalgic treat.

Also I realized that we need not go to Kerala for getting the peels, just check with your neighbourhood chips store that fry and sell hot and fresh chips. They will gladly part with the peel which just finds its way into the bins.



What you’ll need
  1. Raw Plantain Peels – 3 cups, finely chopped
  2. Red Cow Peas/ Karamani – ¾ cup
  3. Buttermilk – 2 tbsp
  4. Fresh Scraped Coconut – ½ cup
  5. Green Chilly – 1
  6. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  7. Salt to taste

For tempering
  1. Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  3. Spilt Urad Dal – ½ tsp
  4. Broken Dry Red Chilly – 1 or 2
  5. Curry Leaves – few sprigs

Method
  1. Soak the red cow peas in water for 30 minutes. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Put the plantain peels in water and allow it to stand for about 10 to 15 minutes. Wash and rinse well.
  3. Finely chop the plantain peels and put it a bowl of water in which 2 tbsp of buttermilk is added.
  4. Before cooking, wash and rinse the pieces well.
  5. In a bowl, first add the cow peas, then add the finely chopped plantain peels.
  6. Add turmeric powder and about ½ cup of water.
  7. Pressure cook this for 3 whistles.
  8. After the pressure is released, remove from cooker, strain the water from the cooked pieces.
  9. Grind, coconut and green chillies coarsely without adding water.
  10. Heat a Kadai with oil, splutter mustard seeds and then add the urad dal and red chillies. Also add the curry leaves.
  11. Next add the cooked peels and cow peas, salt to taste and stir well.
  12. Let this get sautéed on medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes.
  13. Add the ground coconut and mix well. Cook for another  2 minutes. Remove from heat.



Serve as an accompaniment with White rice and Sambar, or Mor Kootan or even with a simple rasam.

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26 comments:

Priya Sreeram said...

i have never tried making thoran with plantain peels at home, though have tasted it some time back; gotta try. nice presentation kaveri

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious thoran, I used to make it. Yours looks very nice.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Love his thoran...I always try with muthira(Horse gram) never tried with red cow pea..Yours look very delicious...

Jemini said...

never tried plantain peels thoran. looks delicious

Vimitha Anand said...

THoran with plantain.. sounds very new... Looks yumm

Divya Pramil said...

Plantain peels thoran sounds interesting..Must try :)
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Ezcookbook said...

thoran looks delicious and interesting too...

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Priya Satheesh said...

wow...Very interseting..Never used this peels...will try soon...sounds delicious.

Shylaashree said...

looks delicious and sweet memories

Roshni said...

perfectly made kaveri.. i am just missing it sooooooo much... sigh!

Mélange said...

My favorite always..I love adding cow-peas as well..Yummy

kitchen queen said...

delicious and awesome thoran.

divya said...

superb looks...

Julie said...

Love this thoran,yummy delicious thoran..:)
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Suja Manoj said...

Easy and delicious thoran,love it

Swasthi said...

this is new to me. looks delicious.

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Very new to me, delicious thoran.

faseela said...

Amazing thoran Kaveri, recently only i came to know we could made thoran with kayatholi.

Nagashree said...

Yummy, I love this fry. This is how my amma makes it too :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My mom makes pakoras with plantain peels. I love it, this is even more better idea to make thoran! Will try it!

Priya said...

Am planning to make this thoran since a long,but am yet to try them, lovely and inviting thoran.

Hema said...

Have heard about this , but never actually tried this out, will do it soon, looks superb..

Prathima Rao said...

This is simply delicious!!!!!!
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Archana said...

wow this is yum. Love it

Vidhya said...

I love this thoran,though I make this a bit differently.

Sangeetha said...

This sounds interesting n yummy stir fry..,healthy too...thanks for sharing!!

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