Friday, June 24, 2011

Fiddleheads - egg thoran



Today I am sharing the recipe of Fiddleheads - egg thoran or Kerala style Fiddleheads - egg stir fry, which is a healthy and delicious thoran. Fiddleheads are available in the market for only a few weeks in springtime, and are fairly expensive. We bought it around 4-5 times during the spring time and I prepared this thoran couple of times during that time and my family loved it. 
 
Fiddleheads are the tightly coiled tips of ferns and these are available at some farmers markets or grocery stores only during the early spring. Fiddleheads have a grassy, spring-like flavor with a hint of nuttiness. They taste like a cross between asparagus and young spinach. Foraging for fiddleheads is a favorite spring activity in many areas where they grow. Fiddleheads are a good source of Omega 3 and Omega 6, and are high in iron and fiber. Fiddleheads are even found in the north-eastern states of India. In the Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh, it is locally known as "lingri" and is famously used to make a pickle "lingri ka achaar". In Darjeeling, Assam and Sikkim regions, it is called "ningro" and is well loved as a vegetable side dish. 

Ingredients

Fiddleheads ~ .55 lb / 250 grams / 2 cups
Eggs ~ 2 nos
Grated coconut ~ 1/2 cup
Onions ~  1 medium sized
Green chillies ~ 4 nos
Grated coconut ~ 1/2 cup
Dry red chilly ~ 1 no
Turmeric powder ~ 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeerakam ~ 1/2 tsp
Garlic ~ 2-3 cloves
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
Oil

Method

  • First wash the fiddleheads nicely by changing the water 2-3 times and then drain it nicely and chop it into small pieces. Then heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, and when it splutter, add curry leaves, finely chopped onions & green chillies and saute till onions become soft. Next add chopped fiddleheads along with enough salt and 2 tbsp of water and cook covered for about 15 minutes by stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile grind grated coconut, dry red chilly, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and garlic to a coarse paste.
  • When the fiddle heads are cooked, add eggs and keep on frying it for about 6-7 minutes or till the eggs becomes dry and cooked. Then add ground coconut paste and mix it nicely and remove from the flame after 5 minutes.

Enjoy with rice.



Cheers!!

23 comments:

Reshmi Mahesh said...

A delicious recipe...I had no idea about this veg....Thanks for sharing the info....Hey clicks are beautiful...i loved the last click very much....

julie said...

yummy nutrtious fiddle heads..never heard or have seen before,thanx for sharing the recipe and the notes on fiddlehead..looks superb!!

Turmericnspice said...

love the color great shot

Suja said...

Ethu kolamallo,ethuvere try cheytitilla..looks healthy and delicious.

Sobha Shyam said...

very interesting thoran, never seen or had the fiddleheads, they look cute too..

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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Never heard about this vegetable !! Thanks foe sharing this !! This is so colorful and very interesting recipe !!

Saras said...

Great shot!!Thoran looks delicious:)

divya said...

Never heard about this vegetable !!.looks healthy and delicious....beautiful clicks..

Kairali sisters said...

Fiddle heads njan kettite ullu, epol kandu, thoran kidu tto, super photographs da...

kothiyavunu.com said...

Ethu adipoli!!!njan ethuvare try cheythittillattooo! Will give a try...super clicks dear!

ente pachakasala said...

first time kanunnathu nannayittundu

Sayantani said...

thats a lovely recipe. I have seen fiddleheads in other blogs but never have tasted it. looks very soothing.

Rinku Naveen said...

Wow looks too good! Never heard of it before. Lovely clicks

Prathima Rao said...

Never heard of fiddleheads!!! This looks superb!!!!
Prathima Rao
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Priya said...

Never cooked this fiddleheads looks wonderful, quite a wonderful thoran..

aipi said...

That is one beautiful looking veggie ~ thanks for introducing me to it :)
I loved both recipes & pictures ~ very crisp n neat!
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mahendra srivastava said...

kya baat.. very nice

An Open Book said...

now that sounds fancy 2 me..have seen the fiddleheads in organic markets but since i never knew what 2 do with it, or how it would taste, didnt pick it up...now i know :)

Toyin O. said...

Looks yummy, thanks for sharing:)

Sarah said...

Ive never heard of fiddle-heads before... but ur thoran is mouthwatering!

hemalata said...

Interesting thoran,never heard about this vegetable.Looks so healthy and colorful recipe.

Chitra said...

fiddle head is a new veggie to me...the dish looks so delish..

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks wonderful deliciously done

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