Sour-n-Spicy Burnt Baby Onions

Sour-n-Spicy Burnt Baby Onions

Sour-n-Spicy Burnt Baby Onions

 

You might have tried a number of recipes using onions, but have you tried burnt onions, which are deliberately charred a bit to get that smoked taste to die for? Sour-n-spicy burnt baby onions are something you’ll love. Onions are something so basic, yet so necessary and common in everyone’s kitchen. I am sure “burnt onions” has happened to almost every cook atleast at some point in their life. During my childhood days spent in Delhi, my father often used to scorch onions and potatoes during chill winter weekends, and he did so very passionately on a charcoal grill made by him. The very sight and smell of charred vegetables on a cold winter night was so comforting! I remember him telling me that even his grandfather used to love doing this!

 

Look at these babies. What's your favourite way to cook them?

Look at these babies. What’s your favourite way to cook them?

Since charred onions remind me of my childhood days spent in Delhi, I decided to experiment with this concept a little further and make it a little more interesting with a North-Indian twist. I took baby onions instead of the big ones, as I love the look of those babies! I added the famous Indian spice called aamchur powder (dried green mango powder) for sourness. These onions can be served alongside any kebab or eaten with plain chapatti. Sometimes I add these to my grilled dishes too.

Sometimes, onions might get burnt while cooking, because of neglect or impatience. The onions become black and bitter and we throw them into the dustbin. But there are times when you purposely char the onions slightly to get a beautiful smoked flavour in your barbeques, pizzas and more. The outcome? You get addicted to these soon.

To give the curry a different texture altogether, without masking the taste of the onions, I added grated cucumber to it. Believe me, it tasted great in this dish! I love the fact that this dish comes together very quickly and you don’t even need an oven or a grill to make this.

 

Sour-n-Spicy Burnt Baby Onions

 Ingredients:

Baby onions: 250 g

Garlic paste: ¾ tsp

Cumin seeds: ¼ tsp

Butter: ½ tsp

Oil: ¼ tsp

Grated cucumber: ½ cup

Tomato sauce: 2 tsp

Aamchur powder: ½ tsp

Garam masala powder: ½ tsp

Sugar: ¼ tsp

Salt: according to taste

Water: Around 3 tbsp

 

Method:

Keep the onions in a bowl of water for 10 min. This will make the peeling easier. Trim-off the top and the root end of the onions with a sharp paring knife. Peel the skins.

Charred baby onions!

Charred baby onions!

Heat a non-stick pan. Add the onions and char them at medium heat, taking care that each onion is turned over atleast once. The charring should not be too much. Remove the onions into a bowl.

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Add oil and butter to the same pan. When this becomes hot, add the cumin seeds. When the seeds turn medium-brown, quickly add the garlic paste. Sauté for 1 min and then add all the charred onions.

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Sauté for 10 min. Add the cucumber and cook on high heat, until the cucumber loses its moisture.

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Add the rest of the ingredients together. Cook for 5 min, sprinkling a little water.

Sour-n-Spicy Burnt Baby Onions

Sour-n-Spicy Burnt Baby Onions

Ingredients

  • Baby onions: 250 g
  • Garlic paste: ¾ tsp
  • Cumin seeds: ¼ tsp
  • Butter: ½ tsp
  • Oil: ¼ tsp
  • Grated cucumber: ½ cup
  • Tomato sauce: 2 tsp
  • Aamchur powder: ½ tsp
  • Garam masala powder: ½ tsp
  • Sugar: ¼ tsp
  • Salt: according to taste
  • Water: Around 3 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Keep the onions in a bowl of water for 10 min. This will make the peeling easier. Trim-off the top and the root end of the onions with a sharp paring knife. Peel the skins.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan. Add the onions and char them at medium heat, taking care that each onion is turned over atleast once. The charring should not be too much. Remove the onions into a bowl.
  3. Add oil and butter to the same pan. When this becomes hot, add the cumin seeds. When the seeds turn medium-brown, quickly add the garlic paste. Sauté for 1 min and then add all the charred onions.
  4. Sauté for 10 min. Add the cucumber and cook on high heat, until the cucumber loses its moisture.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients together. Cook for 5 min, sprinkling a little water.
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  • Shashi Charles

    Wow – I love caramelized onions – but your version sounds so much better than any I have ever tried! Love the shredded cucumber in it!

  • Asha Shivakumar

    Love onions and this would be so perfect with rotis. Fantastic idea.

  • kitchenriffs

    Wow, this dish must have terrific flavor! I love well-done (burnt!) onions, and you’ve really taken it up a level with this. Good stuff – thanks so much.

  • Abbe Odenwalder

    I love onions and these sound like a method I haven’t tried. Count me in!

  • ChgoJohn

    This is a completely new dish to me and I love the sound of it. What a great mix of flavors — adding grated cucumber, especially. It’s nice that you have such warm family memories associated with it, too. :)

  • http://curryandcomfort.blogspot.com/ Curry and Comfort

    This recipe makes my mouth water. I would love to try it. :)

  • dedy oktavianus

    wow, nice caramelized baby onion, actually we used to called is as Bombay Sahllot here in indonesia….
    i think this could be a good stuffing for chicken too!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

  • Suchismita Majumdar

    I have bought home some of these babies. I love them soaked in vinegar like you would get in restaurants when you when to have Mughlai khana! Your recipe looks really interesting! Back in your blog after a really long time, hope you are doing well :-)

  • Sissi_Withaglass.com

    They look extraordinary! If I ever stumble upon small onions at my market I will certainly prepare them charred and spicy, just like you did. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  • Nava Krishnan

    Its definitely my take. Love anything sour, spicy and onions are my fav too.

  • Jenn and Seth

    wow, these are gorgeous! such great flavors in here!

  • ingeniousmrs.blogspot.com

    OMG these dish looks mouth watering :) )

  • Vicki Bensinger

    I’ve never tried anything like this but it sounds delish and I’m sure the longer they cook the sweeter they become. These look like shallots – are they?

  • http://mjskitchen.com/ mjskit

    No, I have never heard of burnt onions! What an interesting dish and because I love onions, it’s highly probable that I would love this dish. Was very surprised to see the grated cucumber. What a very interesting dish. Thanks for sharing this Purabi!

  • http://wokwithray.net/ Wok with Ray

    Those onions look delicious. I also use them as part of pickling as it gives a nice acidity. Thank you Purabi and I hope you are having a great week! :)

  • Minnie Gupta

    Long time back, a friend’s Mom had cooked something similar, and I had been so bowled over. This reminds me of that time. Beautifully delightful!

  • Daniela

    This way to relate baby onions is totally new to me and looks and sounds delicious!
    Love this creative,tasty side dish!
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  • http://www.culinaryflavors.gr/ Katerina

    They look so tasty and caramelized! Great side dish!

  • http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/ Blackswan

    Hey Purabi, this is such an interesting recipe! Would love to try this, dear!

  • YiReservation

    i cooked some of these pearl onions (the name used in the States) the other day in a lamb stew and i absolutely love their flavor. The partially burnt onion has that special aroma that nothing compares. I think i’ll fall in love with their burnt onions dish.The use of curry powder is going to give it such a nice flavor. Will try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Juliana

    This is such an interesting recipe Purabi…and from your description these little pearl onion must taste delicious.

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend :D

  • http://www.brooklynfarmgirl.com/ Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Just knowing about these I know my husband’s mouth would start to water! Major hit!

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Interesting! I don’t think I’ve tried baby onions before.. wait I just saw Juliana below said “pearl onion” and if that’s the same then I’ve tried cooking once before! I put it in the chowder. :D Love how you spiced them up!