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Chena Thoran Recipe – Yam Coconut Stir Fry Recipe

Chena Thoran Recipe is a tasty side dish from Kerala stirred fry with coconut. Chena Thoran goes really well along with rice and sambhar.

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A couple of days back my little daughter came back from school with a notice in her hand. It was about an overnight camp that the school was planning to organize over the weekend.

She enthusiastically read through the entire notice which spoke about the itinerary, the objective etc.

And then she turned to me and asked, “Mama, shall I go?”

For a few seconds, I didn’t know what to answer.

I wasn’t really expecting that question from her. Because she was always that little Papa’s girl who would not stay away from Papa and Mama, whatever the situation.

I was always thinking that she would read the notice and then go into her room and keep it somewhere in between the books and continue on with her other activities.

Chena Thoran

And when you are suddenly thrown a question that you weren’t really expecting, you are often stumped for an answer.

I gathered myself and responded, “But my dear, mama and papa will both not be there. And you will have to stay there overnight, all alone. How will you manage everything?”

I was smiling within me. The smile of a winner who knew that she just served an ace.

But that wasn’t to be.

She was prepared with a response. “No mama. I won’t be alone. All of the other kids in the class will be there and so will the teachers. Also my best friend will also be there. Then I won’t be alone. And they will all help me manage everything”.

The return wasn’t expected and I knew I will lose the point.

So I took out my trump card. The sentimental one.

And responded, “Then Mama and Papa will be all alone at home. You don’t want both mama and papa. Right?”

“No mama. How will you be alone? You both will be together here. And this is only for one day. I want both you and papa. But just for one day, I want to play with my best friend”.

I could see a tear drop waiting to roll down her eyes.

Dilip pressed my arms signalling me not to continue with the conversation.

He said, “No problems dear. You can go. Enjoy with your classmates”.

I looked at him. He winked.

When my daughter went into her room, Dilip said, “We didn’t realize that our daughter has grown. She now needs more than just her dad and mom. Her world is slowly expanding into her friends. We shouldn’t hold her back. Let her go and enjoy”.

I looked at the balloons and decorations from the Birthday celebrations about 4 days back. On the wall, it read “Happy Birthday”.

It looked like it was that first birthday celebration and then I realized that it wasn’t.

Onto this week’s recipe…

Chena Thoran Recipe – Yam Coconut Stir Fry Recipe

Chena Thoran Recipe – Yam Coconut Stir Fry Recipe

Chena Thoran Recipe is a tasty side dish from Kerala stirred fry with coconut. Chena Thoran goes really well along with rice and sambhar.

  • 500 gm Yam/ Jimikand (2 cups, cut into small cubes)
  • 1 cup Coconut (grated)
  • 1 nos Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2-3 Green chilli (chopped)
  • 2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 nos Red Chilli
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  1. Remove the skin of Jimikand and cut it into small cube sized pieces and wash it in water for 3 to 4 times.
  2. Cook Jimikand with some water and salt until soft.
  3. Strain excess water and set aside.(Keep a check while cooking Jimikand as you do not want to get it over cook)
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds to it.
  5. When it sputters, add the urad dal, dried red chillies and curry leaves to it.
  6. Add chopped onion , green chillies and saute them well
  7. When the onions get transluscent ,add the Jimikand and mix well.
  8. Now add the grated coconut and give it a mix.
  9. Cover the pan for 2-3 minutes in medium flame.
  10. Open the pan and give everything a nice mix.
  11. Serve as a side for Rice with sambar or rasam.

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