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

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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!

TeamEdward Fri 05-Jul-13 14:53:21

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Souper Fri 05-Jul-13 14:57:38

Thanks, TeamEdward. I could do that and it would be delicious but round here they are just onions. Well, clearly not, otherwise I wouldn't be asking this question, but they look like just onions. Especially yummy onions...

burberryqueen Fri 05-Jul-13 15:00:40

have you tried chopping onions and mixing with chopped flat leaf parsley?

Beehatch Fri 05-Jul-13 15:03:11

It's the subtle bouquet of cockroach feet grin

SecondRow Fri 05-Jul-13 15:04:47

Could it be some kind of vinegar? Or is it sweet-ish?

SecondRow Fri 05-Jul-13 15:07:39

This sounds good...

FadBook Fri 05-Jul-13 15:07:40

Ours are the same as TeamEdward - cucumber and tomato, finely chopped with coriander. I also put a little mango chutney in mine with some oil and mix it in

<fancies curry tonight now>

NicholasTeakozy Fri 05-Jul-13 15:08:16

I remember seeing a tv show years ago which showed a way of cooking onions Indian restaurant style. They used a big heavy based saucepan, loads of ghee and dropped in sliced onion, swirled them around to cover the onion in the ghee and left them to cook on a low heat for hours. I've tried a couple of times to replicate this but always end up burning the fuckers. angry

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

It could be sugar. Or vinegar. Or salt. I have no idea. And obviously a completely crap palate.

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!

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

Salt and lemon juice might be it!

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

It's mint sauce!

MotherOfNations Fri 05-Jul-13 15:17:56

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

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

Mint sauce you say?!

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

Mint sauce & tomato puree.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

It's just ketchup!

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

But they aren't red confused

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


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

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