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Kale Thoran

Kale Thoran

Kale Thoran is a healthy accompaniment to rice, a simple stir fry prepared in the South Indian style.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 12 kcal


  • 2 bunches about 12 oz/300-350 grams Kale leaves; washed & finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/Jeera
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric/Haldi
  • 2 garlic cloves; medium-sized; roughly chopped
  • 2 - 3 whole red chillies adjust to taste; you could also use chilli flakes
  • ¼ cup coconut fresh or frozen & thawed or unsweetened dried
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.
  • Splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Add garlic cloves and fry till slightly brown and aromatic.
  • Halve the whole red chillies and add it to the oil.
  • Add the chopped kale leaves and turmeric and mix well.
  • Add salt and cook uncovered till the leaves are cooked through.
  • Garnish with coconut and serve hot.


Thoran is served as an accompaniment to rice along with other gravy dishes.
This quantity is sufficient for the three of us - two adults and one kid plus a little leftover.
If the leaves taste bitter (especially Kale and Collard Greens), adding a pinch of tamarind pulp while cooking helps remove the bitterness.
Adding turmeric and cooking uncovered helps retain the bright green color.[br]4. If there is not enough moisture to cook the leaves, then sprinkle a little water and cook the leaves through.