Monday, May 31, 2010

Pachakkaya Payar Thoran / Raw plaintain long yard beans stir fry


The other day while watching a Malayalam Movie "Neelathamara" which is set in olden Kerala, reminded  us of our ancestral homes with  big backyards of vegetable gardens.The interesting bit was when we heard of a  recipe in the movie. Funny isnt it.. Thanks to blogging, our ears automatically tune to hear anything about food..
Its just a casual scene where the mother tells the maid to make a little stir fry using Raw Plantains and Long yard beans she plucked from the garden with little this n that..We had never tried this combination, but tweaked the original recipe a little bit to get this thoran and verdict; we love it now..


Ingredients
Raw plantain (cubed): 1
Long yard beans/Pacha Payar (chopped): 1/2 cup
Garlic: 1-2 pods
Shallots/Pearl Onions: 4-5
Ginger (chopped): 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves: handful
Grated Coconut: 1/4 cup
Dried Red chillies: 2-3
Green chillies (slit): 1-2
Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon + lil more for washing the plantains
Chilli powder: 1 teaspoon


Cube the raw plaintain and keep in turmeric water for about 10 mins. It helps in washing off the strechy stains. Meanwhile chop the long yard beans and keep aside. Roughly crush the garlic, pearl onions and the red chillies. Heat some oil, splutter the mustard seeds, add curry leaves and the crushed garlic and onions. Add the chopped ginger and green chillies. Add a little turmeric powder and saute. Now add the rinsed plantain pieces and cover and let it cook for a bit. When it starts to get a little soft, add the long yard beans and keep stirring. Cover for some more time. When the water from the steam starts to come in, take off the lid and keep stirring. Add the grated coconut. Adjust the salt.Once both the veggies are cooked, take it off from the heat.

Enjoy this great side.


We are sending this recipe to Green Gourmet event hosted by Preeti of Write food.

42 comments:

  1. looks delicious dear....
    nice clicks :-)

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  2. Such a healthy and delicious stir fry! Lovely clicks!

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  3. hello adukalavishesham really delicious thoran.nice combination.payar n pachakaya..i don't add ginger.try this version too..
    nellathamara really a nice movie..

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  4. Looks delicious and combo sounds great..nice thoran...
    you guys are great..now only I am remembering that scene in the film :)

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  5. Looks delicious, nice combination:-)

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  6. lovely click again and nice recipe. It's healthy and I love the combination of veggies.

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  7. Healthy delicious fry......
    looks very tempting dear :-)

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  8. last week when i went through ur tomato fish recipe i thought which is that strange looking side dish?...now the the mystery solved :)

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  9. Sure a yummy treat...looks too gud!

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  10. looks so delicious. Nice combo. Tempting pic!!

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  11. Nice combo...and nice pics...so clear...

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  12. Wat a beautiful combo, never thought of this combo for thoran, beautiful click..

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  13. looks so inviting. I WOULD HAVE EATEN THIS ALONE. Like it very much. NICE CLICKS TOO.

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  14. i loved neelathamara..saw it while i was at home last year..but i cant rem this dialogue:)
    this looks yum.

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  15. Nice combo...will giv a try..

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  16. Love the combo of this curry. According to my hubby, the long yard beans don't taste great by themselves..They taste better when combined with another vegetable..like plantain for one..I mix with potato most of the time.

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  17. Nice thoran and tempting too for my rice sambar. Would be great side dish!

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  18. Hey thats a nice one....the color and look was awesome...healthy one too...need to try for sure...first time to see this combi...

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  19. Thoran looks really tasty, fabulous clicks!! My mother also makes this thoran, recipe is a bit different though..Love this combination..

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  20. ohh..this is one of my favorite combos - either kaya or potatoes with long beans! :)

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  21. Loved the combination of flavors. Never tried this before. Thoran looks so good. YUM!

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  22. This is a new combo, love this kinds curries with hot rasam and rice:-)

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  23. I always use black eye beans or green gram with plantain...will try this combo next time:)

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  24. healthy and delicious looking stir fry...lovely pics!

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  25. Wow! looks yummy. Nice click. It would be great if you participate in our Sizzling Summer Contest. you could win one of two $50 prizes.

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  26. same pinch..even we saw the film on long weekend and was noticing all those foodie dialogue pieces in it..:D..my ammamma used to make kaya-payar mezhukkupuratti all d time n I remember posting it a while back..:)

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  27. I used to watch mamy malayalam movies before but after havg the little one havent seen much....sathyam paranjalI didnt even hear this movie name..:( After reading it from here I searched online for the movie..MT yude script alle..adipoli ayirikum..should watch it now.Payar thoran nanayitundu.

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  28. u are right, now all the food in any movie too stays in my head. we make this combination often but more as a mezhukkuparatti. ur coconut version looks more interesting.

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  29. Wow, amazing combo' nice thoran...love it

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  30. i love this..I like to keep it very simple with minimal oil and spices.

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  31. I missed watching this movie..Now that U ppl have inspired me 2 watch it as well as try out this new & wonderful thoran combo !! Nice click too

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  32. Kidilam Thoran... really drool worthy... love the colors; makes it really tempting...

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  33. Yet another tip from mom-in-law .... They call it vazhakka kuthikachiyathu .... It goes something like this ... vazhakka, payar, shallots & red chilli flakes ... shallots will be crushed(not cut) & fried in coconut oil with unakkamulaku flakes, add cooked vazhakka & payar to this ... is yummm yumm & the flavor from the coconut oil is awesome ... :)

    I hope, I make sense here ... :)

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  34. I tried this and it came out really yummy. Thankyou and keep up the good work.

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  35. Thanks for this combo.Tried it & came out good.

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  36. I tried this recipe and me and my husband loved it. Nowadays, whenever we have achinga and kaa, i usually make this combination. Good work!!!

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  37. Tried this recipe , came out well. the raw banana and bean combo is unique and def try worthy.thanks team .

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