Cabbage Thoran - A tasty side dish with rice in Kerala cuisine !!!
For coconut mixture ( thenga thirummiyathu ):
1/2 cup ( 5 – 6 tablespoon ) grated coconut
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
Mix all the ingredients together (do not add water) and keep aside (thenga thirummiyathu).
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds ( jeera )
1/2 teaspoon urad dal
1 onion, thinly sliced or 5 shallots (chuvannulli / small onion)
2 cups / 150 – 200 g finely shredded cabbage (pick tender cabbage leaves and remove thick vein)
3/4 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )
Heat oil in a pan / karahi on medium heat. Add mustard seeds. When they start splutter add urad dal, jeera and saute on a low heat for 1 minute or until they turn brown.
Add sliced onion and fry till golden color.
Add finely shredded cabbage and sprinkle 1 tablespoon water. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes / almost cooked. At this stage, add grated coconut mixture and salt to taste. Mix well and cook again for another 5 minutes until done and water dries up. Thoran should be dry in consistency. Open the lid stir continuously for 2 minutes. Serve as side dish with rice / parippu curry / fish fry .