Pumpkin leaf stir fry – Matha Ela Thoran

  • Yield : 250 gm
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 5m
  • Ready In : 10m

Pumpkin Leaf stir fry or Matha-Ela Thoran  is a thoran (stir fry) with Pumpkin leaves in Kerala Style.

Pumpkin is low in saturated fat,  cholesterol and sodium.  It is also a good source of vitamin E,  Thiamin, Niacin, vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, Copper and Manganese.  Antioxidants found in the leaves also help to eliminate free radicals which are responsible for cancerous growths.

Not only is pumpkin loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes,  it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron. Pumpkin Leaf  is a good source of Calcium.

The leaves is a good source of different types of vitamins, minerals and rich in anti-oxidants, such as alpha-carotene and Beta–carotene which helps to slow down ageing process.
Antioxidants found in the leaves also help to eliminate free radicals which are responsible for cancerous growths.


  • Pumpkin Leaves (Matha Ela) - 15 nos
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Shallots – 5 nos
  • Green chillies – 5 nos
  • Coconut oil – 4 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – A few
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Clean the pumpkin leaves with water and chop them finely.

Step 2

Grind together grated coconut, green chillies and small onions..

Step 3

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add mustard seed and when it splutters, add curry leaves and saute. Add coconut mix and stir well. Add pumpkin leaves, salt and stir well. Cover and cook on a low flame for 5 minutes.

Step 4

After 5 minutes remove the lid, mix well and switch off flame.

Step 5

Delicious matha ela thoran is ready.

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