Bok Choy Poriyal


Bok Choy is also know as Chinese Cabbage, tastes similar to spinach.  Here I have attempted to cook this vegetable in South Indian style. Poriyal in Tamil and Thalimpu in Telugu.
1 no Onion (diced)
1 bunch Bok choy
2 clove Garlic (crushed)
¼ cup Fresh grated coconut
¼ tsp Mustard
¼ tsp Cumin seeds
¼ tsp Split black gram
2 nos Dry red chilli
2 nos Curry leaves
1 dash Salt (or to taste)
3 tsp Oil
1 pinch Turmeric powder
1 dash Asafoetida




Simple solution to clean the Bok choy is to cut off a small portion of the stalk at the bottom. This would easily separate  the stalk and makes cleaning quick and easy. Both stalks and leaves are edible, rinse them under cold water and chop finely. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard, dry red chilli, cumin seeds, split black gram and curry leaves. Fry the onions and garlic for a while then add the chopped bok choy with turmeric, asafoetida and salt. This veggie cooks quickly and in about 5 to 7 minutes it becomes tender. (Do not cover to cook)  Add the fresh grated coconut, toss a couple of times and serve with rice.



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9 comments to Bok Choy Poriyal

  • Tamara

    Tried this recipe and it was very good! I’m eager to try it with potatoes as described above. It was a nice side dish to have with the curry and rice I’d made. I think I’d cut back the coconut a litte too. A nice way to use the bok choy in my garden here in New Jersey.

  • srivani

    Bok choy is available at MK retail vegatable shop indiranagar,bangalore.You can try on weekends since they get a variety of vegetables on that day.

  • Manasa

    Hey i wanted to know what i should ask the shopkeeper for when i need bok choy. i live in karnataka.

  • ChandVen

    Hi, I love to cook and am so glad i came across this recipe … it came out great .. Thanks a ton

  • Kateangels

    Hi Mullai,

    I tried this bokchoy poriyal. It was very tasty with simple ingredients. Thank you very much for introducing a new veggie to us.


  • sai

    I tried this ,it came very good,thank u.

  • ushhari

    it came good for me, but i made a slight variation i added potato to it..

  • Suganya


    I am trying out all ur recipes, and it comes out so well. Please let me know wat is this Bok Choy vegetable called in Tamil or Telugu..I am not able to trace it out in Food world outlets too. Is it restrained to some places only ? Please reply.

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