Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spring Onion Thoran (Stir Fried Green Onion/ Scallions with Coconut)

Recipe No: 192
I had this good friend who once casually mentioned that they are having Spring Onion Thoran for lunch. I thought it was a clever idea and gave it a try. I was completely shocked when it reminded me of my Mother's Ulli/ Shallots thoran, which I used to eat a lot. But considering the effort to peel all those Shallots and its cost here in US, Green/ Spring Onions are a good and clever alternative when your taste buds just want to reacquaint with that old lovely taste.
Ingredients                                  Serves 2
  • Chopped Spring Onions……….2 Cups
  • Oil……………………………..……..1 Tablespoon
  • Mustard Seeds……………………1/4 teaspoon
  • Shallots sliced…………………….2
  • Green Chilly chopped…..……..1
  • Grated Coconut………………….2-3 Tablespoons
  • Turmeric Powder………………..1/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt as needed
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat Oil in a pan on medium high heat and splutter the Mustard seeds.
  2. Add Shallots and saute till golden brown.
  3. Add chopped Spring Onions and Green Chilly; saute for a minute.
  4. Mix together grated Coconut, Turmeric Powder and Salt; place this in the middle of the sauteed Spring Onion mixture (make some space by moving the Spring Onions to the sides).
  5. Cover the Coconut with the Spring Onion from the sides; close the pan; reduce the heat to low and let it cook for around 3 minutes.
  6. Open the pan, mix thoroughly and let extra Water (if any) evaporate on high heat.
  7. Serve hot with Rice.
  • If you are washing the Spring Onions just before using, take care to wipe them dry before chopping.
  • Don't use a chopper/ food processor to chop the Spring Onions.
  • Make sure to use both green and white parts of Spring Onions.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


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