Payar ela thoran is a dry vegetarian side dish made with the leaves of beans. This is a dish which my mom makes often. She has her own garden where she grows payar, beans, lady's finger and almost all the other vegetables. So recently when I went to Kerala, I made this thoran with the leaves plucked from our garden. The leaves were freshly plucked, tender leaves without any pesticides or any other chemicals. One thing to be taken care is to use tender leaves. Unlike spinach, payar ela takes more time to get cooked. So cook the leaves first and then add it the thoran. I am not sure whether you get these leaves in the market as we always use the home grown ones for making these. Click here for other thoran recipes. Hope you like the recipe..
|bean leaves / payar ela (finely shredded)||3 cups|
|coconut (scraped) / nalikeram||1 cup|
|green chilly / pachamulagu||1|
|cumin seeds/ jeera||1 pinch|
|shallots / cheriya ulli||2 - 3|
|coconut oil||1 tablespoon|
|dry red chilly||1|
|onion (chopped)||1 tablespoon|
1. In a pan, boil water add the shredded leaves into it along with a little salt. Keep the gas in sim, cover the pan with a lid and cook it or else cook the bean leaves in a steamer. (Bean leaves take a long time to cook. So check whether it is cooked well before turning off the stove. )
2. Meanwhile, grind coarsely, coconut, cumin seeds, green chilly and shallots. Keep it aside.
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Enjoy cooking and serving