You know those onions they bring with the poppadoms at an Indian restaurant?

(35 Posts)
Souper Fri 05-Jul-13 14:50:17

How can I make them at home? I have tried just chopping onions but they don't taste the same. What do they have on them? Salt? I am craving them... Help!

seb1 Fri 19-Jul-13 15:18:18

Try this Spiced Onions

CakeForBreakfast Fri 19-Jul-13 15:05:12

Its vinegar. Look up "Kachumber" if you want exact recipes. Doesn't have to be with cucumber and tomato, its optional.

LindaDonahue Fri 19-Jul-13 14:26:29

add cucumber, coriander, mint sauce, salt and lemon juice

MaryIngalls Sat 06-Jul-13 21:40:42

Its either whole onions pickled in vinegar and sliced up while serving; or sliced up onions marinated in fresh lemon juice for an hour or two, and salt added just before serving. Usually while onions, but red work equally well. Lemon juice makes them go red or pink - nothing to worry about.

sashh Sat 06-Jul-13 04:17:03

White onions, you need to use white onions. You may have to go to an Asian grocers to get them, never seen them in a supermarket.

UptoapointLordCopper Fri 05-Jul-13 18:12:59

Is it just plain onions? Madhur Jaffrey says to slice thinly,place in cold water, add some ice cubes, refrigerate 2 hours.

Souper Fri 05-Jul-13 18:04:51

It's okay, Ambrosia. Ringing the local takeaway would obviously be the logical thing to do! But lots of theories here to try.

Sticklebug Fri 05-Jul-13 17:46:50

i make mine by finely slicing a large onion, a couple of cherry tomatoes, a small amount of cucumber, some corriander leaves, salt and a squeeze of lemon. Make it a couple of hours in advance as this is what softens the onions.

mrsmellow Fri 05-Jul-13 17:42:47

Sliced onions, tsp chilli, 1/2tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 2tsp vinegar, 1/2tsp salt, 1tsp sugar, water to cover
Leave for 20 mins
Lush!
Can't guarantee same as your local, but works for me
Better if can get Spanish onions as milder

AmbrosiaCreamedMice Fri 05-Jul-13 17:35:08

I don't know why I shouted that.

ProfYaffle Fri 05-Jul-13 17:34:55

yes, the ones at our Indian aren't red either. I kind of suspected they must be soaked but don't know what in confused

AmbrosiaCreamedMice Fri 05-Jul-13 17:34:41

RING THE LOCAL TAKEAWAY

HolidayArmadillo Fri 05-Jul-13 17:31:24

But they aren't red confused

HondaJizz Fri 05-Jul-13 17:27:23

It's just ketchup!

RockySpeed Fri 05-Jul-13 17:25:04

Ketchup! I asked too! At saffron desi in Bradford. Although I've yet to make them taste the same, I suspect you have to leave the onions in for ages or maybe soak them first??

I'm hungry now!

HuevosRancheros Fri 05-Jul-13 17:18:48

I think if you soak the onions you will get that milder flavour, that you are prepared to eat raw

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 05-Jul-13 17:09:09

ketchup and mint. They are lovely with nango chutnet on Poppadoms. Funnily enough I only know ine pkace here in Bradford that donthem, but they are common most other places.

LowLevelWhinging Fri 05-Jul-13 17:06:31

Tomato ketchup. Seriously! The guy in our local take away told us!

Also nice with mango chutney instead.

ProfYaffle Fri 05-Jul-13 17:06:28

I know where you're coming from Souper. The onions in our Indian are crisp but not hot, I normally won't eat raw onion but I do there. It doesn't taste of anything else though, I can't taste salt, lemon or mint and there's definitely no ketchup. I've always wondered how they do it.

WandaDoff Fri 05-Jul-13 17:04:35

Mint sauce & tomato puree.

Souper Fri 05-Jul-13 17:02:15

Mint sauce you say?!

goodasgold is right. Mint sauce usually mixed with tomato ketchup.

goodasgold Fri 05-Jul-13 15:16:11

It's mint sauce!

Souper Fri 05-Jul-13 15:12:19

Salt and lemon juice might be it!

GoodbyeBeer Fri 05-Jul-13 15:11:39

Got this recipe from the back of a packet of nigella (black onion seeds): Finely chop an onion, mix with a tsp of black onion seeds, sprinkle with salt and a tiny dash of chilli powder, and pour on some lemon juice. Leave in the fridge for at least half an hour to let the flavours combine.
It's delish!

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