Green Tomato Thoran

(Green Tomato Stir Fry/Pacha Thakkali Thoran)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 3 small green tomatoes *
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 dried chilies
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 green chilies, sliced
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • ½ cup of grated coconut, fresh or frozen


  • For each tomato, cut the top and bottom of the tomato, then cut green tomatoes in half, for each half cut a slice almost fully through the half and cut into slices.
  • Heat up coconut oil in a frying pan. To check if the oil is hot, add a few mustard seeds to the oil, they should heat right up. Be careful, mustard seeds will pop up slightly.
  • Add ½ teaspoon mustard seed to coconut oil once the oil is hot. Add ½ teaspoon cumin, and break the 2 dry chilies. Add curry leaves, green chilies, garlic, onion and mix well.
  • Add ½ teaspoon salt. Saute for about 2 minutes until the onions are getting slightly brown/translucent.
  • Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric and grated coconut and mix.
  • Add cut green tomatoes to the pan and mix. No water is needed as the tomatoes have water in them.
  • Pat the Green Tomato Thoran flat in the pan and let it cook for 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, stir the mixture and keep mixing it. Pat down again and let it cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Check for salt according to your taste, we added another pinch of salt.
  • Keep mixing for about 2-3 minutes, the tomatoes will become translucent.
  • Green Tomato Thoran is ready to eat!



Tomato Thoran can be eaten with rice, chapati, naan and poori.
*We want green tomatoes, no hints of red. If red, it is ripe.
Keyword vegetarian


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