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Green Beans Thoran

September 18, 2020
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Photo by MasalaMama
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Thoran is a quintessential vegetable stir fry from Kerala that is finished with fresh coconut shavings. It’s fresh, crunchy and delicate. A great side dish that complements curries made with Masala Mama sauces. —MasalaMama

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 pound green beans, sliced into 2 inch pieces on an angle
  • ½ cups grated coconut (frozen or desiccated)
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once hot and shimmering (it’s very important that the oil is hot at this stage) add mustard seeds and let them pop.
  2. Add the curry leaves and red pepper flakes, if using. Be careful as the curry leaves will splutter.
  3. Add the chopped beans and a pinch of salt. Cook for a couple of minutes, cover and lower the heat to medium-low.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally until the beans are tender yet crunchy, 5-7 minutes. Keep ½ cup of water nearby and add 1-2 tablespoons at a time if you feel anything is sticking to the pan.
  5. Gently fold in the coconut, adjust salt to taste, and serve hot.

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