Friday, 5 June 2015

Thazhuthama (Punarnava / Mukkarattai) Thoran (Hogweed stir fried with grated coconut)

Thazhuthama Thoran recipe

Have you heard about Thazhuthama? Most of us born and brought up in Kerala know this plant. But few of us know about its immense medicinal values and its extensive use in Ayurveda. 
Its uses include lowering cholesterol, improving eyesight, excellent in iron and hence great to cure anemia etc.

Similar to the amaranth leaves with which we prepared thoran (click here to view that recipe), thoran is prepared using these thazhuthama leaves too and they have a great taste.

Lets get into the recipe now.
Thazhuthama Plant


Thazhuthama leaves - one bunch (around 500 gms)
Coconut-1/2 grated 
Onions or Small onions (shallots) chopped - 6-8 nos (shallots are prefered since they enhance the taste in a big way)
Green chillies - 4, sliced long
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chillies - 4-6 nos
Thazhuthama leaves
Oil - 2 table spoon
White rice (raw, uncooked) - 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste


Pluck the leaves of the plant. 
Clean the leaves thoroughly multiple times in tap water for removing mud in the leaves. Putting a spoon of salt in the cleaning water helps to remove the mud easily. Once cleaned thoroughly, chop the leaves into small pieces.
Thazhuthama Leaves chopped

Pour two table spoon of coconut oil into a thava (frying pan).
Once the oil is hot, put one teaspoon mustard into it. 
Once the mustard seeds splutter, put the raw white rice into it and a couple of red chillies into it. Stir till the white rice turns light brown and put the chopped leaves into it. 

Add  Turmeric powder, salt and sliced green chillies into it.
Mix these and close the pan for the leaves to cook. 

It takes approx.10 minutes for the leaves to cook. Always cook in low flame. 
Thazhuthama getting
cooked in a frying pan
Then add the chopped onions/shallots into the cooked leaves and again close the lid. 

After a minute, add the grated coconut and mix it thoroughly with the cooked leaves.

Thazhuthama Thoran is ready. Serves 3-4

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