Cabbage Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Cabbage Stir Fry

Cabbage Thoran Recipe is a simple South Indian side dish where cabbage is sauteed with coconut and minimal masalas. You can pack this in your Lunch Box along with rice or roti.

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Cabbage Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Cabbage Stir Fry
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Cabbage Thoran is a delicious dish that is a staple of authentic Kerala cuisine. This popular dish makes a great accompaniment to steamed rice and curry and is an essential part of the famous Kerala Sadya. A dry dish, Thoran is commonly prepared using many different varieties of vegetables and spices. This recipe however uses cabbage as the main and only vegetable.

It is a quick recipe to make which is full of fiber and nutrition. You can easily make this delicious side for a weekday lunch or dinner and even pack it into your office lunch box. 

Serve Cabbage Thoran along with Mixed Vegetable Sambar,  Steamed Rice and Masala Chaasfor weekday lunch.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Poriyal Recipes such as

  1. Carrot And Beans Poriyal Recipe 
  2. Beetroot Poriyal Recipe
  3. Carrot Poriyal Recipe

Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

45 M


4 Servings


    Ingredients for the thoran
  • 1 Cabbage (Patta Gobi/ Muttaikose) , washed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green peas (Matar) , optional
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Oil , or as required (coconut oil can even be used here)
  • Ingredients to be ground to paste
  • 5 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated, add more if required
  • 6 Shallots , cut into halves
  • 3 cloves Garlic , halved
  • Green Chillies , halved
  • 3 sprig Curry leaves

How to make Cabbage Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Cabbage Stir Fry

  1. To begin making the Cabbage Thoran Recipe, grind the coconut, shallots, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves together into a coarse mixture in a blender or mixer. Once done, keep it aside.

  2. Heat the oil in wok. Once the oil is hot, add urad dal and mustard seeds and saute till the urad dal turns slightly brown in colour. 

  3. Once done add in the red chilli and sauté for a few seconds. Next add in the finely chopped cabbage leaves, cover the pan and and cook it on medium heat till the vegetable reduces in quantity or becomes soft. This should take no more than 1-2 minutes.

  4. Next add in the coarsely ground coconut paste, salt, turmeric powder and curry leaves. Stir to combine the ingredients well. Cover the pan and cook the vegetable on high heat till it steams well, for about 3-5 minutes.

  5. Continue stirring the cabbage till it gets coated with the coconut masala evenly. Check again if more salt is required. Once done and cooked, turn off the heat and the Cabbage Thoran is ready to be served.

  6. Serve Cabbage Thoran along with Mixed Vegetable Sambar,  Steamed Rice and Masala Chaasfor weekday lunch.