Thoran is a typical Keralite dry vegetable dish made with finely chopped veggies like, cabbage, beans, beetroot etc with lots of grated coconut. This popular dish is an integral part of Onam Sadhya as well as eaten as a side dish with daily meals in Keralite homes. The beauty of this dish lies in the fine chopping done with skilled hands. Not everyone can chop as fine as the people of Kerala do for their vegetarian dish.
The thoran is flavored with south Indian elements like, Urad dal, Whole red chili and curry leaves along with plenty of coconut. The authentic thoran is cooked in coconut oil and is very light on stomach. The specialty of thoran is that the vegetables are cooked just perfect, they are never over cooked hence, the nutrients remain intact and is a healthy intake in summers specially.
Beetroot Thoran is one such delicacy made with super fine chopped beet which is sauteed and boiled. Later tempered with urad dal, curry leaf, green chili and cooked with ample amount of grated coconut. I personally prefer the original vegetable taste hence i mostly add just some red chili powder and salt. But if you want to flavor it more you can continue adding some coriander powder as well. Recently a very good friend of mine Sindhu Sriram called up and shared the recipe of beetroot thoran with me. She told me the recipe that her mom and she herself follow. Hence i adapted the same recipe and cooked my Beetroot thoran today which turned absolutely delish!