Achinga Thoran (Long Beans Stir Fry With Coconut)

Going back to the basics…

Thoran (stir fry with coconut) is a staple in Kerala lunch. We tend to make thoran with almost everything. Give any veggie to a Malayali and we will make thoran out of it ;)

Though achinga is a vegetable that is widely used in Kerala, I started liking it only recently. It was more of an acquired taste.

I tend to make it as mezhukkupuratti (stir fry without coconut) mostly but made this thoran for a change.

This is a straightforward recipe with no frills and a pretty basic one. No fancy words to describe it, it's just an everyday dish that you can make for lunch. It tastes good and it's healthy.

Give it a try and see how you like it.

If you like achinga check out Achinga Mezhukkupuratti and Achinga Kaya Mezhukkupuratti as well.

Here is the recipe…

Achinga Thoran
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Achinga Thoran

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Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg Achinga (long beans)
  • 3/4 cup Grated coconut
  • A pinch Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 12-15 Small/pearl onion
  • 1 tsp Chopped garlic
  • 3- 4 Dried red chilli
  • Salt
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • Curry leaves (2 sprigs)


  • Clean and trim the ends of achinga and cut into 1 inch long pieces.
  • Crush together grated coconut, cumin, turmeric powder, small onion, garlic and dry red chilli into a corase paste. You can use a mortar and pestle or just pulse it once in a mixie.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan and crackle the mustard seeds. Add the crushed coconut and curry leaves. Cook till the raw smell goes, around 4-5 mins on low flame.
  • Add achinga with salt and mix well. Sprinkle a little water. Cover and cook till it's done, around 7-8 mins on low flame. Remove the cover, stir and continue to cook on low flame for another 2-3 mins and remove from fire.
  • Serve with rice.


You can adjust the qty of coconut to your liking. I like a good amount of coconut in my thoran, so I've used it accordingly.
Make sure you stir it in between, so it doesn't stick to the bottom. Also sprinkle water in between, if required.
The cooking time may vary depending on whether the beans are tender or not. 
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