This dish is for those days when you have nothing in the fridge or your pantry but just onion. Onions are our best friends and help in those days when there nothing to eat :(. In India, we will have spicy rice (Khichdi) with raw onion on side which is so satisfying meal. I can go on and on about how we use onion in many different recipes. In India there are many people who doesn’t eat onion or I would say anything grown below ground like potato, ginger, carrot, garlic, etc. I was fortunate to know so many of those and share their food and it is so delicious 😛 .
I love making this dish..it is so easy and ready in few minutes. I like to serve this with Bajri (Pearl millett) roti….I know you must be wondering where is the recipe for bajri roti, I promise I will post it sometime :).
Preparation Time: 5-7 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Medium size onion 7-8
Besan/Gram flour – 1/2 cup
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Fresh or dry shredded coconut – 2 tbsp
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
Coriander leaves for garnishing
1. Make a cut + on one end to 2/3 of the onion. In a bowl, mix besan, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, shredded coconut, asafoetida, salt and 1 tsp oil. Mix dry ingredients and stuff in onion as shown in the picture. Leave the additional besan mixture on the side for now.
2. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a pan. When oil is hot, add stuffed onion. Cover the lid and cook on low to medium. Add slight water to help onion cook, stirring occasionally. Cook until onion layers start to separate and onions are almost cooked. Then add the remaining besan mixture and mix well. Cook for another few minutes on low until besan is cooked completely.
3. When ready, transfer to clean bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve when it is hot with roti or khichdi (masala rice) and chaas on the side. It is such a satisfying simple meal…you have to experience it to believe it :).
Hope you will enjoy this dish same as we do 🙂
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