Cabbage thoran/ Mild spiced sautéed cabbage- Tips for plating food.

cabbage-thoran-2Garnishes play an important role in food presentation. It can be defined as “Food items placed around or on top of a principal dish for a relish”. A careful selection of garnishes that have flavour, colour, and eye appeal is appreciated and is accepted as a finished dish.

In this post we are doing cabbage thoran/ mild spiced sautéed cabbage in an arc shape. Arcs add fluidity and a sense of motion to a presentation.

Cabbage Thoran is one of the favourite side dish of Kerala Cuisine. Any Kerala Sadhya is incomplete without Cabbage Thoran. Cabbage Thoran is a stir fry made using cabbage and coconut.

Serves: 3 – 4

Preparation time – 15 minutes

Cooking time – 20 minutes


Cabbage : 500 gm finely chopped
Grated coconut : 1cup
Green chillies : to taste
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds : 1tsp
Curry leaves : 2 sprig
Shallots : 1 sliced vertically
Cumin seeds : 2 pinch
Oil : 4 tbsp
Salt : to taste
1) In a pan add oil, splutter mustard seeds, onion and curry leaves and sauté.

2) Add shredded cabbage, salt and turmeric powder to the pan and sauté.

3) Mix the grated coconut, green chillies, cumin seeds to a coarse form in a mixer.

4) Add the ingredients in the mixer to the pan and sauté.

5) Cover the pan and cook on medium heat and sauté in between.

6) Cook till the cabbage become soft. Serve hot with rice.



129 thoughts on “Cabbage thoran/ Mild spiced sautéed cabbage- Tips for plating food.

  1. Cabbage thoran has been a staple accompaniment to hot rice and sambar in my mother’s kitchen and now mine too, whether it is just another day at lunch or a grand ‘onam sadhya’ but your unique presentation of the simple cabbage thoran in delightful colors is absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. OMG this is gorgeous!
    Dear Sumith, I have been remiss in not letting you know that I have nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I apologize, and here is the link You are not in any way obligated to accept, and I fully understand that not everyone has the time and inclination to participate in these self-and-others-promoting exercises. Therefore, I will truly appreciate if you accept the nomination, as I sincerely think you deserve it, but I won’t get offended if you don’t. Nominating each one of you is my way of giving credit to some exceptional bloggers and perhaps attracting attention to your work.
    All my love,

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  3. Brilliant Sumith! You are the “King of Plating” 🙂 At first glance I thought it was a pulao, but reading through the ingredients, I see that it is cabbage. You’ve certainly elevated this vegetable to new heights. Thanks for all the tips, keep them coming 🙂

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    • Hi Loretta, thank you for those amazing words. You really made my day. Just trying to share what I have learnt. Thanks for you encouragement and will be coming up with more tips in presenting food:)


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