Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Broccoli & Sprouted Black Beans Thoran - A quick and yummy stirfry

I had about a cup of black beans that I had left on the countertop for sprouting. I usually leave a few different kinds of beans now and then to sprout. One evening when I got home from work, Amma had made this lovely broccoli thoran (stirfry). Along with rice, pulisseri (a yoghurt based South Indian Curry) rasam & papads, it was a lovely dinner. With parents here, we sure are getting pampered.

The broccoli and black bean combo was a very lovely sight to look at, I had to grab the camera, click a few pictures and post it :)

Broccoli, rinsed well & cut into bite size florets – about 2 cups
Sprouted Black beans – 1 cup
Salt – ¼ + ¼ teaspoon or according to taste
Turmeric powder – ¼ + 1/4 teaspoons
Grated coconut, fresh or frozen – 2 tablespoons
Thai green chillies – 2 or 3 according to taste
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
Jeera(Cumin seeds) – ½ teaspoon
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Dry Red Chillies - 1 or 2
Method –
  • Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and turmeric powder on the sprouted beans and toss well to coat. Steam the beans for 8 to 10 minutes to cook them. We use our idli plate for all kinds of steaming.
  • Meanwhile, add oil to a pan. When sufficiently hot, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves, fry for a minute without burning.
  • Once the seeds are done spluttering, add the broccoli florets. Sprinkle some turmeric powder and salt, sauté for a couple minutes. Turn the heat down, cover with a lid, allow the broccoli to cook for a couple minutes. We like broccoli crispy and about 3/4th cooked. If let alone, broccoli could get pretty soggy. Check in a minute or two to make sure it is done to your liking.
  • When the beans are steamed enough, remove them to the pan with the broccoli. Mix it well and heat for a couple minutes on medium heat. The moisture from the beans will help cook the broccoli further. Remove the pan from fire and set aside.
  • In a blender/mixie jar, add the grated coconut and green chillies, pulse for a couple times. Add this mixture to the pan and mix well.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl, enjoy with your loved ones.

I think cauliflower would be a good variation for this dish too. This is my amma’s own instant & original recipe. Sending it to Lore’s Original Recipes round up.

Also sending it to MLLA 14, hosted by Susan, the brain behind the popular event.


The very creative ladies Sadhana & Muskan have passed me the Kreativ Blogger award. Thanks very much gals, I deeply appreciate your encouragement.


  1. That sounds really good. Very creative combination.

  2. Sure your amma has made an unusual thoran here.Congrats on the award Vidya.

  3. Thats what I call "Super healthy"..gr8 pics dear.

  4. great idea vidya. ad worth clicking the pic.

  5. Looks healthy and delicious, congratulations on your award!

  6. nutritrious and colourful dish....congrats for the award

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  8. That is a really and healthy salad!! A fulfilling nutritious meal!

  9. Definitely healthy, delicious and unique ! Loved it...congrats on your award :-)

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  11. nice and healthy salad..and thanks for trying the dal makhni recipe and also letting me know , i am glad that it came out good for you and nice idea of adding milk instead of cream..

  12. This looks absolutely healthy and interesting. Yumm too..

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  13. wow nutritious healthy and appetising. you can visit my blog view my rec ipes and give ur comments

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  16. That's an interesting way to cook vegetables not traditionally used in a "thoran". Looks good.

  17. So healthy and delicious.First time here ,you have agood collection of recipes.

  18. this will make a great afternoon snack, when the hunger usually strikes :)

  19. That's a lovely, lovely combination-- broccoli and black beans. Can't say I've seen them together before. A lovely, healthful, colorful dish, Vidya.

  20. You're right! I like the look of the dish, the colors go well plus the dish is so healthy! Thanks for sharing this :-)

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