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Monday, March 4, 2013

Stir Fried Onion Stalks / Peyajkoli-Aloo Bhaja


Being brought up in a PSU ( Public Sector Undertaking) township that too in the foothills of Himalayas has its super advantages. For instance, behind every Type IV quarters there is a kitchen garden which is utilized round the year to cultivate seasonal vegetables. Imagine the food that you eat is straight away plucked from the backyard. One of the vegetables that we relished is green onion stalks which my Baba (Dad) used to grow particularly in winter months. He used to get up early, head towards the field and pluck freshly grown sprouts just in time for cooking it as a delicious breakfast with puris or as a vegetable with steamed rice. And Ma used to chop the onion flowers and potatoes preciously the same length. 

The mild sweetness of peyaj-kolis and almost no spice stir fry used to be our lunch with Dal-Bhaat. Well, cannot recreate the same magic of my Baba, but giving it a try with this preparation. Today's recipe is Pyajkoli bhaja where we use onion flower bud with the stem. Ok let me make this more easy for you to understand Peyaj means Onion, Koli means bud, Bhaja means stir fry !!


Ingredients:
1 bunch of Onion flowers, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch or just like French fries
 A big pinch of Onion seeds /Kalo jeera
1 Green chilli, slit
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
A pinch of Sugar
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Mustard oil (for those who like the strong smell) /refind oil

Method:
 Take a wok and heat oil to smoking point and add green chilli, onion seeds. After a second carefully slide the potatoes straight into hot oil. Sprinkle some salt, cover and cook potatoes until they are half done. 

Add some turmeric, salt, sugar, onion flowers and stir fry on medium flame by covering. Stir occasionally in between.  

Since potatoes were already half done so pyajkoli will not take much time to release it's juices and within 5 minutes dish will be ready. Remove and serve hot with Dal -Bhaat or even with parathas. 


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43 comments:

  1. Fresh from backyard and cook in time, veggies have different taste than market bought.

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  2. winter e eyi pyanjkoli bhaja aloo diye amader barite khub hoto ..eyikhane amra spring onions ke he peyanj koli bhebhe baniye ni..onek din hoyeche proper peyanj koli kheye:-)..hugs and smiles

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  3. wow i often see this i wonder what to do with it...i have an answer now.....easy recipe

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  4. I have always dreamed of having my own little cottage/ villa and a small garden (with a mali, i must add- I have a black thumb) and want to grow all sorts of things in it, well, pluck them, the gardener will tend to the growing part ;)
    I like the simplicity of this stir fry and wonder if panch phoron will be an overkill in terms of a tadka?

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  5. Awesome story and pyajkoli bhaja... amar r kichu chai na jodi Garom bhat,ghee r eta pai... uuf jive jol ese galo...

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  6. Envy your childhood...it must have been fun growing up there...love this stir fry...we call it "ullipoovu" in Malayalam.

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  7. Never used this part of onion , very intersting recipe

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  8. Oh nice! I used the onion flower for one particular spicy dish that my mom made and thats it, this is a nice and easy stir fry!

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  9. Delicious, they look so wonderful.

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  10. very flavorful n delicious stir fry...

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  11. I cooked a dal with this onion stalks,but never as stir fry, sounds absolutely fantastic.

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  12. slurp, drooling here rite now, very tempting dish....

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  13. Ah !The joy of having a vegetable garden at your disposal!! Am so loving the simple and yummy looking bhaja, perfect with dal and rice.

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  14. Lovely memories of your childhood. Love these stalks and I use them too - am going to try this simple dish you have created here.

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  15. WOw...eta amar fav bhaji. Tomarta dekhe amar khide peye gelo. Lovely presentation.

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  16. Love this as Bhaja and also in curried form.

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  17. My dad does farming near Pune and thanks to his dream I get to eat fresh plucked veggies when ever I go back home. The joy of seeing the fruits of ur labour are indescribable. A lovely stir fry, I skip the potatoes .. but it looks really good, maybe ll try it with them next time!

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  18. Delicious stir fry...love the way you made it....crunch and color are maintained....

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  19. In my in-law place they do something very same and yes from freshly picked pyaj ...this looks so yum and lovely clicks

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  20. quick and easy...my mom had a kitchen garden too...its fun and nothing better than getting veggies from your own garden.

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  21. Finally its you...have been seeing comments from Deepa, but there was no URl there. New and unique dish.

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  22. I miss those here. Love it Deepa, it really yummy.

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  23. We make gojju out of this. Stir fry is a great idea

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  24. I did leave a comment yesterday but it didn't go through, I have some problem leaving comments here,don't know why....
    I have seen this in shops here but never picked it up as I disnt know what it was..thank for posting the picture of the stalk..now I know what it is :)btw this looks yummy :)

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  25. Never tried this one...Looks very delicious

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  26. very tempting bhaja...feel like to grab some...yummy

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  27. Interesting recipe...looks yummy..
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  28. Never thought of a stir fry this way. Looks fab!

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  29. Sara sitkal eta praye hoy. Dal r bhater sathe darun lage. Perfect presentation Deepa.

    today' post:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/03/sunday-special-mutton-curry-robibarer.html

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  31. Awww I dont get it here :( I luv this so much. Wow the dish is tempting me so much.

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  32. My aunt used to get these a lots at her place and hers was a different method never got them in mlore so couldn't make it i must search if we get these here in Auh!
    Lovely clicks

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  33. I tried this recipe. Turned out great. I just have one question, do you put the white flowers in cooking?

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