Spring onions, also known as scallions, green onions, salad onions or green shallots which is an immature onion with a white base and long green leaves. Scientifically known as Allium Tricoccum. 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. Spring onions are white onions harvested at a young age. They belong to the family of garlic, leeks, shallots and chives. These onions come from the varietals that produce bulbs. The bulbs can be red or white, depending on the varietal, and while they can be used in much the same way as regular bulb onions.
Spring onion or Scallions generally eaten whole as salad. They can be used raw, cooked and is often used in Asian cooking. Spring onions are sweeter and mellower than regular onions. Raw or very lightly cooked spring onions impart a wonderfully vibrant yet mild flavor. Scallions are diced and used in soups, noodles and seafood dishes. It is also used in sandwiches, curries or stir fries.
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.
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 shallot is widely used in the southern part of India. In the Kannada language it is known as 'Chikk-Eerulli' and used extensively in snacks, salads, curries, rice varieties and chutneys. It is called 'Chuvannulli' in Malayalam and is used in Sambar (a tamarind-flavoured lentil soup) and different types of kuzhambu (curry).
Spring onion is used in many dishes. Some of the dishes are:
Spring onions add immense nutritious and taste value to a dish and can be used in different ways like garnishing etc. Including Spring onion in your daily diet is a good idea.