Sep 3, 2013

Beetroot Thoran / Kerala Beetroot Thoran / Stir Fry Beets with Spicy Coconut Masala

I love beets when it is made into thoran like this. I dont like the chunky beet poriyal, this one is my favorite. It has a sweeter taste and it smells so coconuty from your ground coconut masala and coconut oil which we use. I loved the colour and look of this a lot.

I have quite a few thoran recipe in this blog. You can check all of them here. Coconut based dishes go very well with any spicy gravy like karakulambu or pulikulambu. I hope you will try this and let me know how it turned out for you.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 to 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Beetroot - 2 medium size peeled and chopped very finely
Salt to taste

For grinding:
Coconut - 1 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 2
Shallots / Sambar Onion / Chinna Ulli - 2
Garlic - 2 cloves
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp

For Seasoning:
Coconut Oil - 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp


Heat oil in a kadai. Add in mustard and urad dal. Cook for a min.

Now add in the chopped up beets and saute for 5 mins till the raw smell leaves away.

Now add in salt and mix well.

Pour in water and cover with a lid. Cook till the beets are tender and completely cooked.

Now open the lid and if there is any water left, increase the heat and evaporate it.

Once the water is gone and beets is dry. Add in the ground up masala and mix well.

Fry the whole thing for a good 5 mins or so.

Switch off the flame and serve.

Mom grinds beets in this simple machine

It chops veggies very finely

Beets are chopped with no mess

Take the grinding ingredients in a blender

Make into a coarse puree without adding any water

Heat some coconut oil

Add in mustard and urad dal

Add in chopped beets

Season with salt

Saute well

Pour in water

Cover with a lid

Cook beets till done

Once the beets are cooked and dry

Add the coconut masala

Saute well




  1. Love this beetroot thoran.....
    Happy to follow you in GFC.would be glad if u follow me back.

  2. simple and delicious poriyal, love it :)

  3. that manual machine your mom uses looks very good. what is it called?
    i love this beetroot thoran better than the chunky one. i will try this.

  4. Very healthy thoran, love with a bowl of rice.

  5. @Coral crueIt is called as manual chopper. She bought it from our near by super market


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