Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pindi - Vanpayar thoran (Plantain stem and Red cow pea thoran)

One traditional dish from Kerala...and a pretty healthy one too..


Pindi / Plantain stem - 2 cups (cleaned, chopped)
Boiled Red cow peas - 1 cup

To grind coarsely

Grated coconut - 1 cup
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Garlic - 1 clove
Small onion - 5
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Green chilly - 4

Final cooking

Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 4-5


Boil the chopped plantain stem/ pindi with little water, salt and turmeric powder. It will start releasing water, so halfway through you'll need to open the pan and cook so that all the water is evaporated / removed.

Cook the red cow peas separately.

Coarsely grind the items mentioned under "To grind coarsely" and keep aside.

In a pan or kadai, heat oil. Once hot, throw in the curry leaves and the ground paste. Let the coconut paste get cooked for couple of minutes. Now add the cooked pindi / plantain stem and red cow peas. Give everything a thorough mix. Check for salt. Once everything is combined well, remove from heat.

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