Cauliflower Thoran Recipe (Kerala Style Cauliflower)

Madhuli Ajay
Cauliflower Thoran Recipe (Kerala Style Cauliflower)
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Thoran is a simple Kerala style side dish, usually served along with steamed rice. This Cauliflower Thoran uses a flavoured combination of coconut and curry leaves, quintessential to Kerala cuisine. It is quick, easy and needs few basic ingredients. You can substitute the cauliflower with other fresh vegetables like cabbage, beans, carrots, leafy vegetables etc. Also if you like, you can add more flavour by adding some ginger and garlic to this basic recipe.

Serve Cauliflower Thoran with Mixed Vegetable Sambar and Steamed Rice for a perfect weekday meal.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other similar recipes such as

  1. Cabbage Thoran
  2. Chow Chow Thoran
  3. Kovakka Thoran


Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

10 M

Total in

20 M


4 Servings


  • 1 Cauliflower (gobi) , finely chopped
  • 4 Onions , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 12 Curry leaves
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh coconut , scrapped
  • 4 Green Chillies , chopped or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Cauliflower Thoran Recipe (Kerala Style Cauliflower)

  1. To begin making the Cauliflower Thoran, first heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan.

  2. Add the mustard seeds and once they splutter add the cumin seeds.

  3. Add the urad dal and sauté till it just starts turning brown. Add the onions and sauté for a few seconds or till they becomes soft.

  4. Add the green chillies, turmeric powder, curry leaves and the cauliflower florets.

  5. Sprinkle salt and cook covered till the cauliflower just becomes soft. Add a splash of water if it sticks to the vessel.

  6. Add the coconut and mix. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes and take it off the heat.

  7. Serve Cauliflower Thoran with Mixed Vegetable Sambar and Steamed Rice for a perfect weekday meal.