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cabbage thoran kerala style recipe easy

Cabbage Thoran - South Indian Kerala Style Cabbage Stir Fry

Cabbage thoran or cabbage poriyal is a vegetarian/vegan South Indian Kerala style stir fried cabbage recipe with coconut and spices, which makes a very yummy side dish with rice for lunch or dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword cabbage poriyal, cabbage stir fry, cabbage thoran, indian cabbage stir fry recipe, kerala vegetarian recipes, south indian cabbage recipes, vegan cabbage recipes, vegetarian cabbage recipes indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 188kcal


  • ½ medium sized cabbage head
  • 2 cups grated or shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced or crushed
  • 2 green chilies chopped (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Spice powders

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder

For seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 dry red chilies broken
  • 1 string curry leaves make sure there is no water content
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


  • Wash the half of a cabbage and chop it very finely. As I already mentioned above, you can use a food processor or this cabbage shredder to chop the cabbage finely, which will also make the job very easy.
  • Grind together the coconut, garlic and cumin seeds in a food processor for a few seconds. No need to grind this too smoothly. Keep this grind coconut aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter add the broken dry red chilies and curry leaves, fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped cabbage, green chilies and salt, mix well and stir fry in medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat as needed in case the leaves are getting browned quickly.
  • Cover the pan with lid and cook in very low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked enough.
  • Once the cabbage is cooked, add the grind coconut (grind with cumin seeds and garlic) to the pan, mix everything well.
  • Add the turmeric powder and red chili powder and stir the contents very well.
  • Close the pan with the lid and cook again for another 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, open the pan and stir fry the contents for another few minutes (2 minutes is enough) so the dish gets slightly roasted. You can roast this for more time if you wish. If you roast this for more time, the dish will get more crispy and more delicious (but that is not necessary). Cabbage thoran is ready to be served, enjoy this as a side dish with rice for lunch or dinner!


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 34.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.3mg