With Vishu just around the corner, I am all geared up with posting recipes on the blog that are traditional and something that I look forward to cooking every year at home, just like my mother and MIL did. The recipe I blog today is a vegetarian stir fry or Thoran Recipe called Achinga Payar Thoran or Pacha Payar Thoran or Karamani Kai Thoran simply known as Long Beans Stir Fry recipe with no onion, no garlic and the goodness of coconut.
A variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs are used in creating the Vishu Sadya and the demand for seasonal ingredients takes precedence on the menu. Sadya (Feast served on a banana leaf) in villages mean feeding a very big crowd with extended families coming together to share a meal. The ladies would happily cook the meal for everyone in a big kitchen. In suburbs, however, it is usually Sadya for few members but nevertheless, traditions should be celebrated wholeheartedly and that is exactly what we follow with just the two of us at home too. I cook a lavish full course meal and we happily gorge on the leftovers the next day too.
The Achinga Payar or Pachai Payar is extremely filling, very similar to french beans but slimmer and longer. Usually thorans have pearl onions or shallots in them but since this is made for festival, we avoid onion and garlic and I have made a simple stir fry recipe using a spicy coconut mix for flavouring the thoran.
Thorans are namely vegetarian side dish or quick Stir fries that are consumed with rice and Sambar or Kalan, Mor Kuzhambu, Sambar or Rasam etc. I like to serve this Thoran at home with Jeera Milagu Rasam as it has mild flavours and forms a filling meal.
Some Other options that you could include in your Vishu Sadya Menu are Avial (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut), Pineapple Pachadi (Pineapples cooked in yogurt and coconut sauce) and Beetroot Thoran.
I hope that you include this vegetable, thoran or stir fry recipe a part of your Vishu Sadya Menu as its easy, very filling and can be prepped a day in advance too if catering for a large crowd. Let’s head over to the recipe, shall we?
Recipe for Achinga Payar Thoran / Pacha Payar Thoran / Kerala Long Beans Stir Fry
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 to 20 mins
Serves 3 nos.
- 300 gms Payaru (washed and finely chopped as shown below)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder or haldi powder
- 1 tblsp Coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
- 2-3 nos. Red chillies
- Salt to taste
- Few Curry leaves
- For the Coconut Mixture
- 1/2 cup Grated coconut
- 1 tsp Jeera or Cumin Seeds
- 2-3 nos. Green chillies
(1) Wash, drain and Finely chop the payaru as shown below.
(2) Add salt and turmeric and pressure cook the long beans.
(3) In the meanwhile, grind together grated coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds or jeera and keep aside.
(4) Once the long beans have cooked, heat a pan or kadhai, add coconut oil followed by mustard seeds, urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves.
(5) Now add the cooked long beans or payaru, check salt and add more, if required. Mix well.
(6) Now add the ground coconut-cumin-green chilli mixture. Mix well and switch off the flame. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes –
- I do not add water while pressure cooking the vegetables. All the vitamins are retained and there is no over cooking too. Also, as you can see, the vegetable doesn’t turn mushy. PS – I use a 10 litre pressure cooker and use the pressure cooker steel vessel like the one shown above with a lid on top.
- This Stir Fry or Thoran Recipe stays good in the refrigerator for a couple of days, even in summers.
- Having Curd Rice with leftover thoran is a great idea during summers and this is exactly what we do at home too, post Vishu.
- This payar thoran is also a great side dish for chapati, phulkas etc. too.
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