Apr 25, 2012

Padavalam Parippu Thoran

              You must have noticed by now that I have posted a variety of Thorans in KB till date. Being a Keralite, I cannot help making thorans as they are the most commonly eaten side dishes at home ( with rice) and with out one the lunch seems bland and uninspiring. Coconut being an important ingredient of Thoran, I am sure that people beyond Kerala (where coconut is not abundant) doesn't make thorans at home, as obsessively as a Keralite. I usually temper the thorans and upperis (mezhukku puratti) with coconut oil to impart that real authentic taste.

             This is a Thoran made with Snake gourd or Padavalam and lentils, which I frequently make at home and my family enjoys. Just thought of sharing it with you..

Padavalam Parippu Thoran

Things you need:

Snake gourd/padavalam - 250g
Red lentil or yellow lentil (parippu) -1/4 cup
Grated coconut         -  1/4 cup
Green chilli                -  2 to 3
Shallots/pearl onion (cheriyulli) -3
Garlic                                      - 2 cloves
Turmeric powder                     - 1/4 tsp
Salt                                          - to taste

For tempering:

Mustard seeds     - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds/ cheriya jeera  - 1/4 tsp
Shallots, sliced                     - 2
Dry red chilli /vattal mulaku  - 1 or 2
Curry leaves                        - a sprig
Coconut oil                          - 1 tbsp


  1. Skin and seed the snake gourd and slice it to small thin slices. Pulse the coconut along with the green chillies, shallots, garlic and turmeric powder.Cook the lentils in a little water and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and slutter mustard seeds and cumin. Add sliced shallots and red chillies and saute for a few minutes. Now add curry leaves and add the pulsed coconut mixture. Add the sliced snake guard to this and stir well until combined. Add 1/4 cup of water and salt and cook covered until done.
  3. Add the cooked lentils to this and serve hot with rice.


  1. just how my mom in law makes it.... looks good and Iam low coz we dont get padavalanga in this corner of the world... :(

  2. Love this combo so much,mom makes this..but I don't get padavalanga here,,drooling

  3. Yummy thoran,feel like finishing that whole bowl.

  4. it looks yummy, beautiful click.

  5. wow...i have never cooked with snake gourd..this looks like a great dish to try out.nice.



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