Cauliflower Thoran Recipe: Vegan and Flavorful


Thoran is a south-Indian vegetable dish. You can pretty much use any vegetable as the base, but coconut flakes and spices are always present. Thoran is simple and flavorful, and a favorite in our family.

Cauliflower Thoran

Do this:

  1. Core 1 head of cauliflower and slice it thinly (about 1/3-1/2″ slices, not florets: You want the cauliflower to cook up fairly quickly in the pan).
  2. Heat about a 1/3 cup of olive oil in a wide saute pan over medium heat.
  3. When the oil is hot and shimmery, add the cauliflower to brown.
  4. As the cauliflower is browning, heat a small saute pan on medium, medium-high with about 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. Throw in a few black mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start to pop, you know your oil is ready.
  5. To the olive oil, add: 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon ground Indian red pepper (or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper), and salt and pepper to taste. (NOTE: If all this sounds overwhelming, just add a few tablespoons of generic curry mix.)
  6. Stir the spices together in the small saute pan for about 15-30 seconds. This will roast the spices. Take care that they don’t burn (AKA: don’t leave this on the stove while you go try to figure out why one of your children is melting down).
  7. Add the spices to the cauliflower, stir well together, cover the cauliflower and lower the heat to medium-low. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water so that the cauliflower doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pan.
  8. Check to see when your cauliflower is done to your liking. I like mine a little on the al dente side. Stir in 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.

You can also use this recipe with cabbage, green beans, and jack fruit (if you happen to have a jack fruit source…).

Thoran is a great side dish for a simple rubbed chicken, dal (lentil stew), potato masala, or in place of any of your normal veggie dishes.

Cauliflower Thoran, Rubbed Chicken, Potato Masala. Momsicleblog

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