Long Beans Thoran or Achinga Payar Thoran is made with long beans, coconut, turmeric powder, cumin and garlic. Thoran is a dry vegetarian stir fry dish made with coconut. This can be prepared with any vegetables or dals or lentils or beans and is a great side dish with rice.
- Chopped Long Beans – 2 cup
- Chilli Powder – 1/8 tsp
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- Coconut Oil – 2 tsp
- Shallots – 3-4 finely chopped (1 tbsp)
- Red Chilli – 2 nos (optional)
- Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Curry Leaves – few
- Grated coconut – ½ cup
- Green chilli – 1
- Garlic – 1 pod
- Cumin seed – ¼ tsp
- Cut or chop the beans into fine thin circle slices and finely chop the shallots and keep aside. Crush or pulse together coconut, green chilli, garlic and cumin in a mixer.
- Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add red chilli, chopped shallots and curry leaves and saute for a while. Next, add long beans (achinga payar), turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Stir and saute for a while and add the coconut mixture and mix well.
- Bring everything to the center of the pan to make a heap. Cook uncovered on low flame for 8 – 10 minutes until soft, stirring in between (sprinkle 1-2 tsp water if necessary). When done, cook on medium-high flame for a while until the thoran is completely dry. Serve with rice and other side-dishes.
- GREEN COLOUR : Uncover and cook the beans to retain its bright green colour. It takes little longer to cook.
- MEASURING TOOLS USED : 240 ml cup, 15 ml tablespoon and 5 ml teaspoon.
Long Bean Thoran or Achinga Payar Thoran is a very easy and quick side dish in Kerala, South Indian cuisine.