beans thoran

Carrot & Beans Thoran

A very basic and simple Kerala recipe, which is a great side dish for rice.


Carrot & Beans Thoran
  • Carrot & beans - 250 gm, each
  • Grated coconut - ½ cup
  • Green chilly - 4
  • Small onion - 5
  • Garlic - a small piece
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Jeera (cumin) - a small pinch (optional)
  • Salt
  • Mustard - ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut oil
  1. Cut the beans finely and grate the carrots. Combine coconut,green chilly, small onion, garlic, turmeric powder and jeera. Mix it well using your hands. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add curry leaves & the coconut mixture. Fry it for 2-3 minutes (do not make the coconut brown). Add the sliced beans, grated carrots & salt. Combine everything well. Sprinkle around 1 tbsp water & cover and cook it on low flame till its done. This should be ready in 5-10 mins, approx.
Give it a stir once in between, otherwise it may stick to the bottom. You can increase the amount of coconut if you like.

  • Nisha

    Thanks Maria :)

    • Abraham


      I have a suggestion to improve this. Its always better to smear the veggies with salt (and turmeric powder, if required) and steam them before frying them for about 5-10 minutes. That way, the veggies loose very little of freshness, color, flavor, crispiness and nutritional value. You will get them medium cooked in steam in 5 minutes or so. Then, depending on personal preferences, they can be fried with whatever ingredients, consistency and depth, as desired. It takes less time too, steam is an extremely efficient cooking medium, trust me. Do let me know if you find this helpful. In fact, this can be applied to almost all kinds of “malayali veg thoorans” ! Please do not try cabbage and other similar light cooked thoorans in this fashion. Those are better lightly fried directly, without steaming.

      • Maria

        Hi Abraham,

        Thanks for taking time to explain in detail, appreciate it.


  • Helujo

    not a good recipe.. wish you could improve it and post 

  • Neeni.

    for beginers like me its a good one to try and start with

    • Maria Jose

      Thanks Neeni :)

  • Anasuya Krishna

    Thanks for the detailed instructions. I tried my first naadan dish using your recipe and it came out perfectly.

    • Maria Jose

      You are welcome Anasuya :) Nice to know that you tried the first nadan dish from here.

      Happy cooking!


  • Maria Jose

    You are welcome Sonia :) Hope you got a chance to explore the site..


  • Nandita Talapatra

    I love your website! Thank you for sharing your recipes. In the recipe above you have mentioned No 2 ingredients. Please let me know what it means.

    • Maria Jose

      Hi Nandita,

      Thank you :)

      Sorry for the confusion, I’ve updated the recipe now..


  • Foodlover1

    you mention combine coconut and in the next line you mention add oil mustard curry leaves and add coconut. Do you want to split coconut into two sets?

    • Maria Jose


      As a first step you need to mix coconut with the said ingredients. Then heat the pan and splutter the mustard seeds. Then add the coconut mixture. Hope it’s clear now.