Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Kerala Culture

Kovakka Thoran


Chopped ivy guard  – 1 cup
Chopped onion – 1 cup
Chopped green chilies – 4 nos
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Garlic – 4 pods
Curry leaves – as required
Mustard Seeds – as required
Dried red chilies – 4 nos
Oil – as required
Salt – as required

Method of Preparation:

In a pan add oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add curry leaves, dried chilies. To this add bitter guard, green chilies, turmeric powder, salt and water. Close the lid and cook. When it is half cooked, add onion. After 5 minutes add coarsely ground mix of coconut, cumin seeds, garlic and curry leaves. Mix and close the lid and let it cook till the thoran becomes dry.


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