The first time we ate this dish was during our stay at the Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kerala back in 2001. (How we ended up there for a month is a funny story that all started with Cindy miscalculating pounds and dollars for a hotel in London. Ask us about it!) Fast forward to 2014 and our first meal at Biju’s Little Curry. Tasting the cabbage side dish — Cabbage Thoran, as it’s known in Kerala — was like a trip down memory lane.
Now that Biju’s Little Curry is no longer, we have set out to make it on our own.
Note: it’s worth heading to your local Indian grocery for fresh curry leaves and coconut (the coconut will be in the freezer section), but don’t stress if you have to use dried.