Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thoran with Caviar

I have tried fresh fish eggs thoran back in India and was taken in by the taste of it. Today i didn't have any fresh fish eggs in hand but had an imported Tarama carp roe caviar and made thoran out of it. Since carp roe is usually preserved with salt, i didn't add any additional salt when making the thoran. After the preparation of the thoran, salt level was a bit on the higher level. This recipe will be great to try with fresh fish eggs, if you can get some. But even with caviar, it turned out good.


8 oz bottle - Caviar
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - Red chili powder
1 - Kodampuli, washed


1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
2 sprigs - Curry leaves
5 big - Shallots, chopped
4 - Green chili, chopped
1/2 '' piece - Ginger, grated
1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut
Coconut oil


1 ) Cook caviar with turmeric powder, red chili powder, kodampuli and 1 cup water on medium heat covered, till caviar is cooked and all the water has evaporated. Caviar will cook very fast.

2 ) In another pan, heat oil and pop mustard seeds, then add curry leaves, chili, ginger and shallots. Fry till onion is lightly browned. Then add cooked caviar and coconut. Add more oil if necessary. Fry on low heat till all the ingredients have blended in and caviar is fried a bit. Take off the stove.

Serve with rice.

Fish eggs Fry - Marinate with little red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Then fry in oil till cooked well. This simple recipe is very tasty.


Nags said...

never tasted caviar. looks pretty humble :)

Purnima said...

Pravs..caviar just heard of but fish eggs are new to me! Lovely thoran..nice pics there!

Shella said...

never had caviar myself, but have definitely had fish eggs lot many times, n I love them, specially koori eggs!! which were aplenty during our summer vacations in Kerala. We always had them fried with lots of masalas on them.

Your thoran however looks exotic

Padmaja said...

hey this is something very new to me!!
looks great!!

Mishmash ! said...

grandma used to make was my favourite....!

Anonymous said...

love the fresh one ,just shallow fried with salt & chilli pwd, but caviar is something i can't eat, the taste puts me off:)

Sig said...

I love fish eggs, so the canned ones taste good, eh? I have to try it... Hope you are having a great thanksgiving pravs

Pravs said...

Nags : It's just the fish eggs.

Purnima :caviar,is the raw fish egg. I have cooked that and made thoran of it.

Shella : Yeah fried eggs with masala is so yummy. i love it too !

Padmaja : Thanks.If you like fish you can try this.

Mishmash : great !! with fresh eggs its awesome, right ?

Paati: This is cooked caviar..not the raw one.

Sig : Having a quite thanksgiving..watching movies :) How is yours ?

Kribha said...

Never tried eating it before. Have only see it in books and cookshows. What does it taste like? Your pic was like paruppu usili. Looks great and the recipe sounds simple. Nice one.

Happy cook said...

I am not a fan of fish eggs, when i was at home my mom made them but she none of us kids liked it, even though she used to crumble to us saying u kids don't know when you see a good thing

Mandira said...

wow, thoran with caviar... I haven't heard of this before, but bet it tasted great!

Seena said...

I love fish eggs, and we get fresh here..
would make one dry curry but not with coconut..this looks tempting..