Archive for March 25, 2007

Nupur’s A-Z of Indian Vegetables ~ I is for Irulli

onions and apple
sweet onions and tart apple

I am learning so much from Nupur’s idyllic A-Z of Indian Vegetables. I know the rules say the *dish* should begin with the letter of the week, but I like to try to find a veggie beginning with the appropriate letter — not always easy! In the process, I am learning alot about various languages of India. This week I came smack up against “I”. Let’s see…

Iceberg lettuce?? Goodness, no, awful stuff!

Inji? Well, I guess I could use ginger for just about anything, but still…

Then I came across a wonderful resource, and look what I found for “i” in the comprehensive dictionary of English and High and Low Tamil:

irulli, s. Onion, vengkaym, Allium cepa.

Oh ho! Onion! How easy is that 🙂

Fried Onions ‘n Apples

1 large sweet onion, sliced
1 large tart apple such as granny smith, cored and sliced

1 tsp butter or ghee (oil doesn’t give the best taste for this dish)
1 tsp panch phoron
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp chile powder, or to taste
salt to taste

Heat the butter or ghee and fry the panch phoron till fragrant. Add the sliced onion and saute till golden. Add apples and saute till just starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the turmeric, chile powder, and salt to taste.

That’s it! Serve hot or at room temperature and enjoy this Indian-spiced version of an old New England classic.

fried onions ‘n apples
fried onions ‘n apples – not photogenic, but tasty!


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