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Onion Pickle Recipe, How to make onion pickle?

Updated on August 24, 2012

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I did not learn to make onion pickle until I got a big basket of onion in discount. I did not know what to do with onions. I tried making few dishes, but still there are more onions. I had never heard of making onion pickles. In search of a pickling method I discussed with my neighbors in Chennai. My neighbor aunty shared this recipe with me. This pickle recipe helped me save my onions. This is a very delicious onion pickle. You can also make this pickle with shallots.

Onion pickle/shallot pickle recipe

Onions – ½ kg

Chilly powder – 2 tablespoons

Gingelly oil – 100g

Fenugreek powder – ½ teaspoon

Hing powder (asafetida) – ½ teaspoon

Fennel seeds (crushed, do not grind, just crush) – ¼ teaspoon

Tamarind – 50 g

Salt – 1 ½ tablespoon

Jaggery – 50 g

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How to make onion pickle?

Slice onion into small pieces. Pour oil into pan and fry chopped onions. Add salt. Add jaggery to it. Extract the pulp from tamarind and pour into the fried onions. Add chilly powder. Mix well so that the ingredients get mixed well. Finally add fenugreek powder, fennel seeds, and asafetida powder. After adding these powders, cook for few minutes. Keep in refrigerator

Let me share with you another shallot pickle recipe. This is only for shallots. Do not use onion here

Onion Pickle

Shallots – ½ kg

Gingelly oil – 50 g

Chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Fennel seed (Crushed) – ½ teaspoon

Nigella seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seed (powdered) – ½ tea spoon

Salt – 2 table spoon

Lemon juice – Juice of 2 lemons (otherwise vinegar – 1 tablespoon)

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How to make shallot pickle

Slice onion and add salt to it. Mix well and keep for 4 days. After 4 days check whether water got extracted from the salted onion. If there is water, take onion pieces and discard the water. Now add chilli powder, crushed fennel seed, nigella seeds and powdered cumin seed. Extract juice from lemon juice and add to the mixture (alternatively add white vinegar). Now boil oil and make it cool. Pour the oil over the mixture. Transfer the pickle to container. Pickle would be ready only after 10 days.


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