I still have a couple more recipes to share with you from our delicious Indian feast I prepared for Elizabeth’s birthday. An Indian Feast – Part 1 – The Shrimp Vindaloo, An Indian Feast – Part 2 – Potatoes and Peppers. This time I am sharing the recipe for green beans thoren.
A thoren or thoran is a vegetable dish prepared with a dried curried spice mixture, coconut, chilies and onions. These vegetables are often eaten with other curried dishes and rice. It is a very popular way of eating vegetables of all kinds in Southern India, though green beans are most commonly used.
Green Beans Thoren
1 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed, and cut into pieces about 1 inch in size
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 jalapeno, or serrano or Thai chili – I like to dice mine nice and fine, but you can keep them in larger pieces if you want more “direct heat” with each bite.
1 TBSP garlic
1/2 red pepper, diced
2 bay leaves or 10 curry leaves
2 TBSP oil – either olive, vegetable or coconut oil
1 TBSP rice
1/2 cup water or more as needed
1/2 tsp either ground dry mustard or mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt or to taste
Get a skillet nice and hot at high heat and add the oil. Add the green beans, coconut and spices and mix together well. Add the water and reduce the heat to a medium high, and stir-fry until the green beans are bright green and tender for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. You can use frozen green beans as well, but I LOVE fresh vegetables, so I almost always use fresh over frozen.
When the vegetables are ready serve alongside your favorite Indian dishes and enjoy. We all did. 🙂
Have a great day. Stay warm, stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.