Spiced Fried Onions

26 Aug

Few things compare to the taste and smell of just-fried onions. What’s usually an embellishment to pulao or a minor ingredient in curries plays starring role in this recipe. Spiced fried onions – a mélange of fried onions strips with an aromatic spice mix. Try it!

You could deep fry the onions for a crunchier texture, or you could go for a leisurely low-flame sauté. I went the sauté way.

Spiced Fried Onions

You Need:

  • Onions – 3 medium
  • Peanuts – 1/2 cup
  • Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Dry red chilies – 3
  • Salt – to taste
  • Nigella seeds – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon

How To Make Spiced Fried Onions:

1. Make the masala

Take a thick-bottomed flat pan. Place it on low heat.

Dry roast each of these ingredients one at a time in the pan, and set aside to cool:

  • 1/2 cup of peanuts, stirring occasionally, till the skin turns a deep brown.
  • a tablespoon of sesame seeds, till they turn golden and give off a lovely aroma.
  • 3 dry red chilies, till they turn a deeper red and fragrant.



When all the ingredients cool, dry grind them in the grinder with salt.

Onion Ring Masala, Ground

2. Sauté the onions

Peel and slice onions into thin rings of half-moons.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan. When hot, add nigella seeds and let them splutter for a few seconds. Add the sliced onions.

Sauté the onions on medium flame, till the onions turn golden.

3. Put it all together

Tip all the masala into the pan of frying onions. Mix. Check and adjust salt.

Continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes on low heat, till the masala coats the fried onions evenly. 

Serve spiced fried onions on the side with boiled rice and dal.

Spiced Onion Strips

4 Responses to “Spiced Fried Onions”

  1. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry August 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM #

    Thanks for stopping b my blog earlier. I love onions so I am keen on this Would it work with cashews instead of peanuts?

    • S August 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM #

      @Bintu – That’s an idea! I’m sure it would work, but I guess it would taste quite different as cashews are milder and “sweeter” than peanuts. Do try it and let me know how it turned out.

  2. Sandhya August 12, 2017 at 7:11 PM #

    Made this last evening. So very good! Thank you for the recipe.

    • S August 12, 2017 at 7:59 PM #

      Great to hear that Sandhya.

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