Tuesday, 13 May 2014

payar ela thoran / bean leaf thoran

Payar ela thoran is a dry vegetarian side dish made with the leaves of beans.  This is a dish which my mom makes often.  She has her own garden where she grows payar, beans, lady's finger and almost all the other vegetables.  So recently when I went to Kerala, I made this thoran with the leaves plucked from our garden.  The leaves were freshly plucked, tender leaves without any pesticides or any other chemicals.  One thing to be taken care is to use tender leaves.  Unlike spinach, payar ela takes more time to get cooked.  So cook the leaves first and then add it the thoran.  I am not sure whether you get these leaves in the market as we always use the home grown ones for making these. Click here for other thoran recipes.  Hope you like the recipe..

 Ingredients required

bean leaves / payar ela (finely shredded)3 cups
water1/2 cup
saltto taste

for grinding
coconut (scraped) / nalikeram 1 cup
green chilly / pachamulagu1
cumin seeds/ jeera1 pinch
shallots / cheriya ulli2 - 3

for seasoning
coconut oil1 tablespoon
rice2 teaspoon
dry red chilly 1
curry leavesfew
mustard1/2 teaspoon
onion (chopped)1 tablespoon


1.  In a pan, boil water add the shredded leaves into it along with a little salt.  Keep the gas in sim, cover the pan with a lid and cook it or else cook the bean leaves in a steamer.  (Bean leaves take a long time to cook.  So check whether it is cooked well before turning off the stove. )

2.  Meanwhile, grind coarsely, coconut, cumin seeds, green chilly and shallots.  Keep it aside.

3.  In a pan heat oil, add mustard seeds and wait till it splutters.  Now add rice and fry it nicely till it puffs up.  Add onion and chilli pieces and saute.  Next add the ground ingredients and fry for a few seconds. 

4.  Lastly, toss in the leaves and check the salt.  Gently stir till the water is absorbed.  Served hot.

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Enjoy cooking and serving



  1. I am so impressed by your mom!! This recipe is totally new to me, looks healthy and tasty!!

  2. Very new to me, never heard of beans leaves, the thoran looks so good..

  3. would love to see your mum's garden :). what kind of leaves are those?

  4. Very different thoran quite a new for me..Healthy thoran.

  5. Payar ela thoran looks delicious Love ti.

  6. Leaves look like vetrilai (betel leaves) ..THoran looks so yummy

  7. loved your writing style dear!!

  8. very new recipe for me. looks totally healthy and yummy.

  9. i have had this during my vacation back home... almost so similar to cheera... so good this looks...

  10. Healthy and delicious thoran..

  11. looks yum,love such simple dishes

  12. Any payar ila will do? I have cheru payar and van payar growing in containers. Not the long string beans.

    I tried mathayila thoran earlier; that was great....

    Thank you very much...