Fish Thoran, or stir-fry, boasts a delightful flavor profile that sets it apart from other fried dishes. This delectable creation is a frequent feature in my Amma's home-cooked meals. Fish holds a prominent place in our lunch menu, serving as a staple dish. However, post-marriage, I found it somewhat challenging to incorporate vegetables throughout the day. Hailing from the southern region of Tamil Nadu, coconut features prominently in our daily cuisine. Most of our side dishes take the form of thoran, although I remained unaware of this term until after I got married. In our region, we refer to it as "Poriyal." While poriyal and thoran are closely related, there exists a subtle distinction between the two.
This recipe pairs wonderfully with rasam and rice. I strongly encourage you to give it a try, as I am confident that you will find yourself wanting to make it again. Without further ado, here is the recipe for your enjoyment...
Fish(vanchuram/sheela) - 1/2 kg
Shallots / Small onions - 15
Grated Coconut - 2 cups(half shell)
Red Chilli - 12
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tblspn
Clean the fish and place it in a bowl.
Grind coconut, red chilli, cumin and onion into a coarse paste without adding water. If you add more coconut masala, fry will be more tasty.
Now combine together fish, ground coconut masala, turmeric and salt. Mix well to even coat the masala.
Heat oil in a pan, add the marinated fish and cook over low flame.
Stir for every 30 seconds until the fish is cooked well. Do not keep stirring very often. The fish will be broken into small pieces.
When the fish turns golden brown and cooked, remove from flame.
Serve with rasam, rice. Enjoy!
|Keep all your ingredients ready|
|Clean the fish and keep aside|
|Grind onion, cumin and red chilli to a coarse paste|
|Add coconut to this and grind them coarsely|
|Add salt and turmeric amd ground coconut masala(missed the picture) to the fish and mix it well.|
|Heat oil in a pan|
|Add the fish and stir well|
|Stir for every 30 seconds until the fish is cooked.|
|Its ready. Enjoy!|