What To Do With Onions? 5 Ways To Use This Vegetable

Vegetables like onions, potatoes and tomatoes are considered as staples and are always stocked in bulk in every household. Here is a list of 5 dishes you can use onions in.

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

Onions play an important role in Indian cooking. Be it in salads, as tadkas or to enhance the flavor of the gravy – onions are used widely in most Indian dishes. Eating raw onions or pickled onions with desi meals is also a common practice in India. High in antioxidants and loaded with potent anti-inflammatory properties, onions are good for your health. Let’s have a look at all the possibilities you can tap in the kitchen if you have a handful of onions with you. 5 ways you can use this vegetable –

1) Onion Pakodas

The quintessential rainy day snack, the combination of onion pakodas and chai is one of the best ones to date. To make crispy pakodas make sure your batter is made with chilled water. Colder the batter, crispier the pakodas. Add some ajwain and garlic paste to the besan batter to give the pakodas an edge. Sprinkle lots of chaat masala on top. Serve with piping hot with hari chutney, saunth, or ketchup. Don’t forget that cup of tea along with these.

 What To Do With Onions? 5 Ways To Use This Vegetable
Pakodas + Chai + Gossip = Perfect evening!

2) Pickled Onions

That image of piping hot butter chicken, crispy butter naan, and sirke wale pyaaz is haunting us. Are you missing those market-style sirke wale pyaaz (pickled onions) with your meals? Us too.

Peel and wash some baby onions. In a pan add water, some sugar, and cut beetroots. Boil and let it cool. Discard the beets and add the washed onions and vinegar to the mix. Let them sit in the refrigerator for about 12-20 hours. Remove the excess liquid and store it in a clean container. These pickled onions can be made once and used for up to 2 weeks.

3) Paneer-Do-Pyaaza

Paneer is a loved dish in India and can be made in different styles using different gravies. Paneer-do-pyaaza can also be made with mushrooms or chicken if you are not a fan. Use lots of onions and only saute till they are pink. Add tomato puree generously for that lovely tangy flavor. Serve with soft lachcha paranthas, pickled onions, and mint coriander chutney.

 What To Do With Onions? 5 Ways To Use This Vegetable
A classic dish like paneer-do-pyaaza never fails to satisfy those cravings.

4) Crispy Onion Rings

These onion rings turn out to be so crispy that your neighbors will hear the crunch. Onion rings are the perfect appetizer. This recipe uses three coating – flour, cornflour slurry/beaten egg, and breadcrumbs. To make the first coating combine flour, baking powder, salt, and red chili powder in a bowl. Cut the onions in thick circles and separate the rings. Dunk the rings in the flour mix. In another bowl make a cornflour slurry and dip the flour-coated onion rings there. Then lightly coat them in breadcrumbs and deep fry till golden. TADA! So delicious. So crispy. Serve with ketchup or mustard.

 What To Do With Onions? 5 Ways To Use This Vegetable
Crunchy onions rings are great as an evening munchy.

5) Caramelized Onion Tart

Craving something fancy? Nothing fancier than tarts, we believe. Making a tart or tartlet at home is a fairly easy job and can be perfected with a few tries. Just make sure you do not over-knead the dough and the butter you use to make the pastry dough is cold and not melted or room temperature. The temperature of the butter will determine the crispiness of the tart shell. Sweet caramelized onions mixed in a creamy white sauce, poured in a tart shell, loaded with cheese (optional), and baked till golden brown. Enjoy this with a refreshingly light salad.

 What To Do With Onions? 5 Ways To Use This Vegetable
Fancy and delicate, tarts are easy to master if made regularly.

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. Kirti nuhani says

    Nice article and recipes are Yummmm.

  2. Looooovvveeee onions ! Used to just the Sirke wala or just plain … now after reading this am definitely trying all these out ! Thank you

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