Monday, February 17, 2014

Ullithandu Upperi ~ Onion Stem/Onion Greens Stir Fry


Last day when i went to market, i saw these Ullithandu or Onion Stem / Onion greens and i just grabbed a big bunch of those.Those onion flowers on top looks so lovely...In the market they sell it calling it as spring onions ,which actually are not. There are the stem of regular onions.The stem is fleshy, fibrous and more crunchier than the spring onions.As we all use spring onions mainly in Chinese cooking and this we don't. Before i never use to cook Chinese food. Back in Kerala, we used to get these a lot and when my kids were schooling , i used to make this stir fry and pack for their lunch.It is a good combo with maida dosa,rice dosa, chappathi or just have a bowl of it like that hot hot.I have never seen anyone cook this.So this time when i got them fresh in my hands...i cooked it again...

This stir fry has a very different taste and i serve it with maida dosa, chappathi, dosa, rice dosa, or even puttu....




Ingredients
  1. Ullithandu/ Onion Stem / Onion Greens - A big healthy bunch
  2. Turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp
  3. Red Chilly powder - 1 Tbsp
  4. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  5. Salt - as needed
  6. Coconut Oil / Oil - 1 to 2 Tbsp
  7. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  8. Dry Red Chilly - 2
  9. Curry Leaves- 1 Sprig

Preparation
  1. Wash ullithandu/ onion greens in fresh water. Chop off the flower on top and a bit of stem at the other end.Chop the green not more than 1/2 cm long. You will get 2 large cups of it.
  2. Transfer it to a bowl and add turmeric, red chilly, grated coconut and salt to it. Give a gentle mix with a spoon.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add dry red chilly and curry leaves.
  4. Now add the ullithandu/ onion greens mix to it and sprinkle a little of water(around 3 Tbsp).Give a good mix and cover with a lid.Cook on low flame for about 10 minutes.
  5. Open the lid in every 3-4 minutes and give it a stir.Cook till the stems are cooked soft.Sprinkle water if it is too dry.It may take around 15 - 20 minutes to cook.
  6. Very delicious stir fry  ready to be served with any roti's, dosa's.
Notes
  • This is a very mild stir fry. If you want you can make it more spicy by adding either green chilly or red chilly powder.
  • This will take a little more time to cook as the stem are towards the fibrous side. 
  • They will absorb quite amount of water. So do sprinkle water in between and give a stir. Keep checking not to get over cooked(should not mushy). 

 
 

25 comments:

  1. wow nice click n yummy thoran A surprise for me actually
    I was planning to make it ...

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    1. Is it??? what a coincidence.. it is so delicious

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  2. Yummy.......Its a tasty stir fry I know..one of my favorite
    Love your photos..please teach me some ideas...

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    1. Thank u so much Resna.....i don't have any techniques in clicking photos.. good light and correct focus.. that's it . Natural Light is good for photography.... and i use my galaxy note for this. as i don't have a camera

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  3. this is quite new, chechi... does look similar to spring onion, never knew onion flowers looked so beautiful!!! :)

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    1. Do give it a try Rafee.. is it really good for pathiri , maida dosa.. Yaa i know these flowers in a bunch looks so great...

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  4. too good presentation.. i just couldnt take my eyes of those onion stalks

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    1. Thank u so much Smitha ... eye after clicking the photos..even i couldn't take my eyes off

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  5. is that so? i always thot both are one nd the same.. slight variation based on quality

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  6. Delicious ...... Lovely clicks too!

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  7. Wow!! I have never seen onion flowers. I too make a sabji with spring onions but this is new.. Good one!!

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  8. Looks yum...love to have it with sambar rice

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  9. Its been long since I had these...my mom used to make it while we were kids...u made me nostalgic and wondering where do I get these here...would love to have this stir fry

    That second pic is awesome...so hard to believe u used galaxy note to take it

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    1. Wow.. i am so happy to hear all your wonderful comments.....so happy....

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  10. Preetha chechi, Kalakki!! Thoran super. Clicks wonderful and those onion flowers Kidilan

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  11. Its very tempting.. clicks are awesome :)

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  12. Looks awesome... Interesting Recipe.

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  13. wow.. lovely pics chechi.... never knew that we can make dishes with onions stems.. i thought its only for garnishing.. :)

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  14. wow very interesting combo and stir fry looks very delicious :) lovely clicks dear !!

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  15. Thanks to see u in my space.Love ur pics .....ur onion stem stir fry z so delicious and yummy I like to have it with rice for lunch glad to follow u on GFC and ur site :)

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  16. These onion flowers look gorgeous, excellent shots. Yummy stir-fry, looks great.

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  17. I did not know ulli thandu has flowers looks so pretty and upperi must be really yumm should keep my eyes peeled for those next time I go to store.
    Thank you so much for the encouragement u give on my blog, means a lot to me.

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