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Zuchini & Squash Thoran

Updated: May 31, 2023

Thoran is basically a stir fry from the Southern part of India, originating in Kerala. with a specific combination of spices - coconut, curry leaves and mustard seeds . It's quite simple a really delicious. I remember my mom making thoran with green beans ALL the time.

I didn't realize how special it was get fresh grated coconut sprinkled on top now that I have to settle for a frozen or shredded version. Perfect example of the age old adage - you don't know what you have till it's gone. Or something like that.

Thoran is traditionally eaten with rice and sambhar (lentils cooked South Indian Style) but we went with some naan. Video included right after the recipe. Look out for my sambhar recipe coming soon!


  • 4 cups cubed zucchini and squash

  • 2 thai green chilli (optional)

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • 4 tablespoon dried or frozen coconut shreds

  • 15-20 curry leaves

  • ½ teaspoon black mustard

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • 1 teaspoon LCY Go To Curry Mix (or more if you want to bump up the flavor). Substitute with 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1/4 tsp chili powder.

  • 1 tablespoon dry shredded coconut for garnish, soaked in 1/2 tsp of water to rehydrate


1. In a food processor, grind the thai green chilli, cumin, coconut shreds.

2. In a wok, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil on high for 30 secs.

3. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and temper for 20 secs or so.

4. Add the chopped onion and fry till they are translucent and starting to brown. Turn heat down to medium. About 3-4 minutes.

5. Add the green chilli, cumin and coconut mix.

6. Add the LCY Go To Curry Mix

7. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.

8. Add in the zucchini and squash. Stir well to coat with spices. Wipe the surface of the spatula and taste to check for salt. Adjust seasoning as needed.

9. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes or until fork tender.

10. Remove from heat and garnish with shredded coconut.

Please email me at if anything is unclear or if you have any questions. If you try this recipe and it works for you or made modifications, please leave a comment to let the community know.


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