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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Onion(green onion) Stir-Fry | Ulli Thandu Thoran

Green onions (Spring onions) are very good for health and so does all green leafy vegetables. Here is a very simple recipe. Children do love it as it is not much spicy and has a mild sweet tinge as it gets cooked. This serves as a wonderful side dish with steamed rice. Do give it a try and enjoy !!

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 10 minutes
Serves ~ 3-4 
Author ~ Julie
green onion / ulli thandu (spring onion) 400 gms
onion 1 small, chopped
chilli powder 3/4 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
salt to taste
mustard 1/2 tsp
coconut oil 1.5 tbsp
curry leaves, a sprig
red dry chillies 1; broken

to coarsely grind
grated coconut 3/4 cup
shallots 4-5
garlic cloves 2

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  • Wash the green onions thoroughly and snap off the base stems if it is hard woody (about 2")cut it into round small pieces, keep aside. 
  • In a blender, add grated coconut, garlic cloves and shallots. Coarsely grind by pulsing and don't add any water. 
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add the curry leaves and dry red chilli. Sauté 30 seconds and add the chopped onions. Sauté a minute until translucent. Add the turmeric powder and chilli powder. Add the chopped green onions and mix well.
  •  Cover and cook on low heat for 3–4 minutes. Uncover the lid, add salt then and the coarsely ground mix. Cover with a lid and cook for 3–5 minutes. Adjust salt if needed and don't overcook the chopped onions. Dry it on medium heat and is ready to serve.
* Add salt only when the spring onions are half cooked, else you end up adding more salt.
* You can use chopped shallots instead of onions too, but I only add shallots in the ground mix.
* You can use microwave to prepare this dish. In a microwave safe bowl, cook the green onions on high for a minute. Then add salt and coarsely ground paste, cook again another minute. Check salt and adjust. Finally, temper and add over the cooked green onions. 
* You can add green chillies when grinding the mix instead of chilli powder if you wish.

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