Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pickled pearl onions

This recipe is for those who love onions...raw! Sliced raw onions seasoned with salt and lemon juice are a common accompaniment with Indian food. This is a spiced up version of that salad and goes very well with biryani or even plain rice and lentils. While I was preparing it I realized how much I love red chili powder and salt. Sprinkle it on sliced raw mangoes, guavas, star fruits, gooseberries (amla), or rub it on roasted corn along along with some lemon juice to bring the flavors out.

10-12 pearl onion or any small onion
2 tbsp salt
1tbsp red chili powder
1tsp asafoetida powder
2 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp sesame or peanut oil
juiice of 2 lemons


Peel the onion and make two slits in them. Mix all the dry spices. Fill the prepared spice mix in the onions. Sprinkle the rest over it. You can adjust the spices according to your taste.  Pour the juice of lemon and oil over it. Enjoy with you favorite food!


  1. Wow!!!!! Just yesterday I bought a paper cone-ful of those tiny star-shaped gooseberries lovingly swathed in red chilli powder and salt! But my all time favourite is red chilli and salt on raw "totapuri" mangoes............DROOL.

  2. This is one of my favourite pickles. Loved the recipe :)

  3. wow!!!!! thanks for the recipe and detailed instructions. I have never made it before, but now I will try it out.

  4. Another superb recipe. Simple and traditional food always rocks.

  5. You reminded me of a long forgotten thing !Love the clicks.

  6. Thank you all so much for the encouraging comments!

  7. wow, I've never seen anything like this- how fun!