Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kaya-Vanpayar Thoran ~ Raw Banana & Red Cowpea bean stir-fry

Kaya-vanpayar Thoran

At times,I find cooking for two quite daunting.I mean,what do I do with that half beetroot,or carrot or kaya[raw banana] or chena[yam]?Most of the times,I refrigerate the leftover vegetables.Once I had grated a few carrots for something and kept aside two in the fridge and completely forgot about it.Few days later,as I was cleaning the fridge,I saw this strange looking thing and was about to scream when I took it in my hand when just in time I realized it was Carrot!Don't believe me,try it yourself!

So the first thing I decided to cook with the leftover red cowpea bean from Olan and half of the kaya from the Koottukari for Vishu was make this thoran.I remembered the recipe from an earlier issue of Vanitha and making a mental note about it.Glad it served its purpose today!!

kaya-vanpayar thoran

Kaya Vanpayar Thoran - Raw Banana & Cowpea bean Stir-fry


Raw Banana/Pacha kaya - 1/2 of 1 big,sliced
Red cowpea beans/vanpayar - 3 tbsp,cooked
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For the Masala

Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Cumin/jeerakam - 1/4 tsp
Haldi - a pinch
Small/pearl onions - 3,chopped


Wash the chopped banana under running water and cook in enough water till soft.
Cook the cowpea beans till soft.
Grind the ingredients for the masala coarsely.
In a kadai add oil and splutter mustard seeds,saute the ground masala for 2-3 minutes.
Mix in the cooked banana and cowpea beans and salt to taste and stir till everything gets mixed.
Drizzle a teaspoon of coconut oil on top[optional] and serve.

Off this goes to Kerala Kitchen


  1. Very tempting and mouthwatering fry...

  2. Sounds to be a traditional thoran recipe... Looks so good. YUM!

  3. Simple n yummy stir fry..it would taste gr8 wid rice..:)

  4. Divya,

    I know what you mean when you said you wanted to scream looking at the carrots. I have experienced it too. Love the way you prepared a dish out of leftover veggies.


  5. Thoran looks irresistible,nutritious and simply delicious..

  6. Looks so tempting and different..thanks for sharing...

  7. Thats a yummy combo.. I know..

  8. simple and delicious stir fry !!

  9. I have never cooked with this bean. I need to try it out :)

  10. I love this a lot. I make this often. The clicks are awesome.

  11. How simple and easy way you have explained to make this lovely and authentic raw banana curry!

  12. Very yummy and so tempting stir fry.

  13. Hi Divya,
    looks yummy...please check the ingredients for grinding..hope u miss the green chillies...add it....and while seasoning,we add curry leaves also....


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