Sunday, September 28, 2008

Collard Greens Thoran

I used Collard Greens for this simple thoran and to my surprise, it became a smashing hit at my home. I call a dish "smashing hit" when Gudiya relishes it. She kept on eating this Thoran and asked for second helping. That really made my day!!:-D

Collard Greens Thoran
Collard Greens Stir Fry-Kerala style
1 lb chopped collard greens, frozen
salt to taste

Grind to a coarse paste
1/4 cup coconut
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 green chili
1 clove of garlic

2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 red chilies, halved
1/2 tsp urad daal
2 cloves of garlic, slivered
1 or 2 shallots, chopped

1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

1. Rinse the frozen collard greens under water so no icy particles remain.
2. Grind the masala to a coarse paste without adding any water.
3. Heat oil. Add mustard seeds, urad daal, curry leaves & red chilies. As daal turns little brownish, add garlic and onion. Saute for about 5 minutes till onion is soft.
4. Now add collard greens. Stir. Cover and cook for about 11 minutes.
5. Add ground paste and salt to taste. Cover again and cook for another 11 minutes.
6. Add coconut oil - if using - and switch off the gas. Keep covered till ready to use.

Note -
1. Collard greens has rough texture compared to other leafy greens like spinach. Spinach can be substituted and it may require less cooking time.
2. Though I used frozen collard greens, fresh ones can also be used.


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