This is one of the recipes that caught my eye immediately. Black eyed beans thoran. The basic thoran recipe includes coconut, shallots, jeera, green chillies and curry leaves, along with a vegetable (or two) of choice. This one is not much different but the use of black eyed beans with this recipe, was new to me.
Black-Eyes Beans Thoran Recipe
Black eyed beans – 1 cup
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Shallots / small onions – 1/3 cup, chopped
Dried red chillies – 4
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Oil – 2 tsp (I used coconut oil)
Salt – to taste
How to Make Black Eyed Beans Thoran
1. Soak the beans overnight or atleast for 5-6 hours. Pressure cook for 3 whistles (or cook in little water for about 15 mins, until soft).
2. Heat oil in a pan and temper mustard seeds. Then add urad dal, curry leaves, turmeric and the red chillies, each torn into three. Fry for 2 mins. Then add the shallots and fry for another 3 mins.
3. Now add the grated coconut and cooked beans. Add salt and mix well. Let it cook for another 2-3 mins. Remove from fire.Serve with rice and curry of choice.
You can make a thoran with pretty much any vegetable following the above basic thoran recipe. A thoran is an integral part of any sadya in Kerala be it an Onam Sadya or a Wedding Sadya.