Beetroot thoran

Cooking time: 10 min. / 10 min.Difficulty: easy


Special, typical for South Indian state, Kerala. It is a vegetarian / vegan recipe, where sweetness of beetroot is balanced with chilies, ginger and garlic.


Prepare thoran mix - blend in a blender coconut, garlic, ginger, cumin, shallots and chilies.

Heat up oil, add black mustard seeds. As soon as they start popping up, add curry leaves and white lentils. After 2-3 mins add beetroot, mix and cover. After 2 mins make a dent in beetroot and put in thoran mix. Do not mix yet. Cover again. In 2 minutes salt to taste, mix, cover again and in 2 more minutes it is finished. 

Serve with rice or rotis and other Indian dishes.


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For 4 portions:

  • 2 beetroots - grated
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp white lentils urad dal (optional)
  • salt
  • 2 tbs oil

For thoran mix:

Authentic tools needed:

  • coconut scraper
  • blender
  • kadai pan
  • rice cooker