Best way to eat beets!

Beet Stir-fry

Beet Stir-fry

If you’ve been looking for an awesome way to cook beets – look no more. The name of this recipe is actually “beet thoran” and not “best way to eat beets” but if I called it beet thoran… well, you might not know what I’m talking about.

So, thoran basically means “stir fry” and is a traditional Keralite way of cooking. You can make anything into a thoran — you just need to grate or chop vegetables, mix them up with a few other ingredients and stir-fry it all together.

I love thoran. I learned how to cook this way after marrying my husband, Roby, whose family is from Kerala. I make thoran with lots of different veggies – beetroot is definitely a fav. It’s delicious and a fun color to eat.

Best way to eat beets!
  • 2 tbsp Kelapo Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3 cups grated beets (4 medium beets peeled and grated)
  • 1 ½ c white onion, chopped fine (1 large onion)
  • 1 tbs minced/pressed garlic
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 4 tbs grated coconut (I use the brand "Daily Delight" - fresh frozen grated coconut)
  • Green chillies 1 chopped fine (2-3 if you like it spicy)
  • 4 tbs grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds :
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder (optional)
  1. Dump the grated beets, onion, garlic, green chilies, curry leaves and coconut into a bowl and mix.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a pan or skillet and add mustard seeds.
  3. When the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add turmeric and stir. Then, add the beet mixture to the pan and give it a good stir.
  4. Add 3 tbs water and cover the pan, cook on low for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and stir fry for another 5 minutes.
If the mixture is too wet, keep stir frying. If it’s too dry, add a little more water.


    • says

      Hi Paleo-Curious! I wouldn’t use the dried flakes. If you visit your local Indian or ethnic food store, you’ll find some inexpensive frozen grated coconut (~$3). I currently use the brand Daily Delight – fresh frozen grated coconut. Thanks for asking this question! I will update my post for others who might be wondering the same thing.

  1. Ash says

    Ash, I am so going to make this zucchini and beet stir fry, I was just wondering if paleo /whole30 allows the use of asefetida (hing). Curry leaves and hing goes together very well.

    • says

      Ash, that’s awesome! Asafoetida is typically diluted with wheat and so its off limits for paleo. I know they have gluten-free asafoetida but even that is cut with rice flour and therefore still not paleo. If you’re doing a whole30 or are strict about paleo then you should probably avoid using it.

  2. Cindi@MyPrimalAdventures says

    I’ve never seen or heard of curry leaves–could I use anything else in its place? Paste/powder?

    • says

      Hi Cindi! There really isn’t a good substitute for curry leaves; they have such a unique taste. Curry powder is a spice blend and is not related to curry leaves in any way (confusing, I know). If you can’t find these leaves at your local ethnic market, you can always order fresh curry leaves on amazon for less than $2:

  3. Pongodhall says

    I just love this. So far, I just love your recipes!
    You know that 3 ingredients naan that becomes so much else too is nothing short of brilliant and I thank you very much as I am not a good cook but I yptry so very hard to be and recipes like this are so enabling.


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