Monday, August 12, 2013

Mushroom/Koon thoran (Serves 4)

Mushroom thoran

Today’s recipe is a simple kerala style stir fry with coconut which is an integral part of every household’s lunch menu. I learned to prepare this thoran from my dearest friend chitra’s mom, Shobhana aunty. She is an amazing cook, and I cant thank her enough for coming up with such a unique recipe. Instead of adding fresh grated coconut, she dry roasted coconut with spices and then used it here, which adds more flavor and texture to the final dish. I hope you will enjoy this delicios thoran like we did Smile


1. Mushroom/Koon 2 cups, chopped
    Turmeric powder ½ tsp
    Salt ½ tsp
    Water 2 cups

Add turmeric powder and salt to water, mix well and add the chopped mushroom. Keep aside for 10 minutes. Drain the water using a colander (arippa) and add mushrooms/Koon to a cooking vessel with 1 cup water and enough salt. Cook this to dry.

2. Red onion 2 medium, finely chopped
3. Coconut bits (thengakothu) ¼ cup
4. Grated coconut ½ cup
    Red chilly powder ½ tsp
    Coriander powder ½ tsp
    Garam masala ½ tsp
5. Salt as needed
6. Curry leaves 1 sprig
7. Oil 2 tsp


  • Dry roast ingredients numbered 4 in a pan till golden brown. Allow to cool and using a blender crush a little bit. Set aside
  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan and sauté the coconut bits/thengakoth till golden brown color.
  • Add the chopped onions and curry leaves and sauté till translucent.
  • Next add the cooked mushrooms/koon and mix well. Adjust salt if needed.
  • Add the crushed coconut mixture and combine well with mushrooms/koon and switch off from flame.
  • Serve this mushroom/koon thoran with rice.

Koon thoran



  1. Adding coconut to mushroom is new to me..definitely will try it out...

    1. Hi Shahina, please do try it out and let me know how you liked it :). It has a flavor similar to meat thorans and is sure to love by non mushroomers too :)


  2. WOnderful looking thoran, never tried with mushrooms..


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