Thursday, March 25, 2010

Piyaj koli aar Aloo bhaja – Potato and Onion green Stir Fry

Her name is Kakoli, but her in-laws use the short form of her name and call her Koli. She , Koli, reminds me of the piyaj koli which makes some preparations so interesting and tasty, but the greater side of this stalk-like green is, it can be cooked so simply. Stepping into the kitchen for the first time, a girl, a woman, a bachelor or someone trying out his/her efforts for the first time in a kitchen, can easily cook this Bhaja (stir fry) quick and with ease.

The kolis have their own sweetness, and give out the mild aroma of onion when the cooking time is on...tick tick tick tick as the clock goes on.

No more words, off to work. In these two expressions – Word and Work – just the two ending alphabets‘d’ and ‘k’, see the sea of difference in their meaning. Now you must be getting impatient to know how I cooked the dish.

A bunch of piyaj koli (greens of the onion)

See the Kolis here:

Two medium size potatoes washed, peeled and cut lengthwise.

Cut the piyaj kolis into 1 ½ inch in length, wash and drain the water.

Haldi powder ½ tsp

Salt to taste

Cooking oil (I’ve used mustard oil for its strong flavour) 2 tbsp

Once you’ve kept all the ingredients near at hand, place a wok on the burning stove.

Pour in the oil and once its hot tip in the potatoes.

Stir and cover, simmer the flame and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring it from time to time.

Now add the piyaj koli (the greens) and mix it up properly. Another minute or two, then add the haldi powder and salt. Cook for a minute on high flame and then simmer it. Cover and let it cook in the juice the piyaj koli and the salt releases, stirring in between from time to time. During this time the sweet soft aroma of the onions will be entering your nostrils...haah!!! such a nice and sweet smell...aaahaah!

Cook for another 5-7 minutes, don’t forget to remove the cover and stir it from time to time. Now it is ready to be served.

Serve with hot rice and dal but don’t forget if you prefer rotis it goes very well with it, and even with paratha if you’re happy with extra oil or ghee.


  1. Looks great. I love these simple dishes, even though they sound like a breeze and they are the taste is awesome. Thanks for sharing

  2. Looks yummy.New combo for me . Sure to try

  3. So yummy!! easy recipe..perfect with rice and rasam..

  4. Nice stir fried green onion and potato dish.

  5. Nostalgia, thanks for your comment. Cooking simple dishes makes 'kitchen-time' easy. Isn't it?:)

  6. Padhu, thanks dear and glad to know you'll give it a try.

  7. Sarah, for those who like rice this goes well with it.
    Thanks for the comment.

    thanks for the nice words.

  9. Eto bhalo fresh pyaj koli pawa jaye Delhi te?!! Ekhane ekdom buro patagulo pawa jaye. Ei crisp bhajagulo winter e rutir shonge khub bhalo lage. :-)

  10. Hi Sharmila,
    Nice to see you again.

    Onek khooj kore payechi CR Park er sobjiwalar kache. Amarder sabar aee bhaja khete khoob bhalo lage. Mone hoi ar pabona eto fresh ar shobooj.

    If you're crazy about buying the kolis, have to pay whtatever price the veg vendor asks for.


  11. I love onion green..not able to find it here..My mom makes fry/thoran with it..this is a nice combo

  12. Gulmohar, thanks for being here.

  13. First time here...rannar title dekhe bangla tei shuru korlam...ami kamalika...notun blogging shuru korechhi bolte gele...bhalo laglo ekhane eshe...abong tomar aar onnyo blog gulo dekhe...keep all in my list to follow them...

  14. Hello Kamalika,
    First a big 'thank you' for being here. Jano khoob kharap lagche eto derite tomake uttar dite. Ektu basto chilam. Abar thanks bolbo amar onno blog gulo visit karar jonno. Tomar blog spot ghure elam. Poo-re bhalo kore dekhbo. Abar eso aar tomar comment diyo.


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