Spring onion also known as green onion or scallion which is an immature onion with a white base and long green leaves. It is one of the variety of onion, the scallion (Allii fistulosi ) is a pointy-leafy perennial that can reach about 20 inches in height. Having been first described about 2000 years ago in the Chinese herbal classic Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the herb has been a popular remedy in Asian folk medicine for thousands of years.
The spring onion is native to Asia and has found growing in many parts of the world. This plant flourishes in warm climates. Scallion belongs to the Liliaceae family and is sometimes called the green onion, spring onion, welsh onion or the Japanese bunching onion. In Chinese, the bulb of the scallion is called the cong bai and the root the cong xu. The scallion or spring onions are milder than the onions and is harvested immature for their taste.
They are often cooked or used raw in salads and many Asian recipes. Scallions are diced and used in soups, noodles and seafood dishes. It is also used in sandwiches, curries or stir fries. In India it is commonly called by different names as per their regional language like the kanda or gandana (Hindi, Marwari and Punjabi), gundhun (Bengali), Pallari vengayam (Tamil), Cheriya ulli or chuvanna ulli (Malayalam) or ulli paraka (Telugu).
The spring onions are widely used in South East Asian cuisines like the Thai, Cambodian, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines. The scallions and garlic are often used as elementary spices. It enhances the flavor of many South Asian dishes such as soups, noodles and fried rice variants.
Raw shallots also accompany cucumbers and are pickled in mild vinegar solution. Crispy shallot chips are also used in Southern Chinese cuisine. In Indonesia, sometimes it is made into pickle which is usually added in variable kinds of traditional food as its sourness increases one's appetite.
Spring onions are an excellent salad onion, look plain and have an intense flavour and an adored part of the cuisine of almost every region of the world. It is extensively used in Asian cuisine. When added to any dish, they certainly bring out marvellous savours and delight to your taste buds.
Spring onions comprise of whites and greens and are great in stir fries, salads. They are a common addition to soups. Spring onions can be eaten raw, cooked, fried, dried or roasted. Spring onions are easy to cook and ideal dish to be served with chapatti, roti or puri. Spring onions are a very good source of vitamin C, chromium and dietary fiber.
They are also a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, and folate, potassium, phosphorous and copper. Spring onions possess antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is also said that intake of spring onions lower the glucose levels in the blood stream.
Spring Onion is a versatile ingredient and can be added to any vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish. Listed below are some of the popular dishes that is prepared with spring onions: Hot tomato and Spring onions Tomatoes and Spring Onions curry is a very simple and fast to cook dish.
The dish is spicy and tastes great with roti, chapati or rice. Generally this curry is considered to be a poor man’s dish. You would find a lot of people cooking this dish when the tomatoes are sold real cheap and spring onions in abundance. Spring onions give a unique flavour and enhance the taste of the dish.
Chicken sautéed with spring onion Sautéed spring onions combined with chicken are incredibly sweet, mildly spiced and tasty, and make a perfect combination .Both the chicken and spring onion tossed with the Indian spices will be excellent for non vegetarians.
Mushrooms Peas and Spring Onions Do try this easy Mushrooms with Peas And Spring Onions recipe and make delicious recipe its healthier and tasty dish which goes well with chapati or rice.
Green Onion Dal Green onion dal is an amazing side dish made with spring onion and dill leaves cooked in soft toor dal and spiced in Indian spices.
Chilli Aloo Chilli Aloo is an excellent Indo-Chinese dishes in Golden fried potatoes tossed with bell peppers, onions and exotic sauce adds remarkable taste and flavour to the dish.
Steamed Chicken Momos Steamed chicken momos are a traditional delicacy prepared usually in the states of Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal and Ladakh stuffed with chicken filling.
Fried Corn Cakes with Green Onions Roughly crushed fresh Indian corn mixed with chopped spring onions, bell peppers and spices made in to patties and deep fried serves with sweet chilli sauce.
Gobi Manchurian Gobi Manchurian is a very popular Indo-Chinese dish. Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to suite Indian tastes. This snack is one of the most favourite dishes to many kids and elders too. A bite of spicy coated fried chicken just melts into your mouth bursting out with striking flavours.
Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Spicy Cashew Chicken stir fry is an exotic dish that is truly enticing. A medley of exotic veggies and battered fried chicken mixed stir fried in spicy, sweet and tangy slurry.
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