Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pickled Pearl Onions

Pickling food in vinegar is a great way to  make sure there is  a little something  that can add a strong & divine flavor to everyday simple meals. Good pickled onions are crispy, crunchy & full of flavor & make for an ideal accompaniment with any kind of Indian meal or sandwiches. A breeze to make, they can last for a long time in the refrigerator & are a personal favorite.
You will need:
Pearl Onions : 250 grams or 1 bag
White vinegar: 1 cup
Salt: 1 tsp
Coriander seeds: A pinch
1-2  whole red chilli


Preparation:
Peel the onions & wipe them clean with a clean & dry kitchen towel.
Transfer to a clean sterilized bottle & add vinegar, salt , coriander seeds & red Chili. Shake well & let the bottle sit on the counter for 1-2 days. Shake the bottle once or twice a day so the onions absorb all the flavors. 2 Days later the onions are ready to eat. Refrigerate  the pickle once it's ready & it will stay good for 3-4 weeks.
If you like them sweet you can add 1-2 tsp of sugar to this pickle. I did not as I like it hot & tangy.



Note:

I had peeled each onion &  did not rinse them in water as I did not want  any water to seep into the onions. Dry onions soaked in vinegar only- last a longer time ( personal opinion)

If you are using the onions for any other purpose there are some simple & easier ways to peel these onions:
1. Throw the onions in a pot of boiling water, switch off the heat, cover the pot with a lid & let the onions sit in the boiled water for 1-2 minutes. Now rinse the onions out of the hot water & immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice cold water to stop the onions from cooking. Rinse out of cold water, cut each onion head ( the root end)  & pinch the peel off  between your fingers from the other end.
2. If you are not in a rush to use the onions , soak them in water with some salt for 5-6 hours. Now cut the heads off & pinch  the peel off the other side.



Enjoy..............

28 comments:

  1. that looks so cute. beautiful clicks.

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  2. Pickled pearl onions looks absolutely stunning and divine..

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  3. You have presented the simple recipe in such an exotic way. Loved the post :)

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  4. Oooh! Yummy! This looks so irresistible.

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  5. Looks simply fantastic Alpana, very beautifully captured.

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  6. i remember pickled baby red onions or shallots from some indian restaurants.. they used to be sucha favorite..these look so cute!..and my mouth is already watering imagining them on my plate!
    beautiful clicks..esp of those small onions peeking through here and there!

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  7. Absolutely fabulous. Looks yummy and lovely. Very beautiful presentation.

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  8. Pickled pearl onions look wonderful, new to me..amazing clicks dear..

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  9. I don't have words to express Alpana..It's more than awesome..Absolutely brilliant job dear.Super clicks too..Bookmarked !

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  10. first time here..luv you blog..gr8 recipes and pics...glad to follow your blog
    Lifescoops

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  11. beautiful clicks and presentation dear..

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  12. Wow! Love the pickle! Nice presentation...

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  13. I loved the first click !!! And a lovely lovely recipe..
    thanks for hopping over... following you from now..

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  14. Alpana, you can get Agar Agar in Indian grocery store. Just check with them for China grass and you will get a big pack of them. I break it into pieces and powder them in my mixie.

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  15. Thankyou so much Sadhanaji.......Thanks for all your help.

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  16. Thanks alpana for the kind word you left at my space. I am pleased. As usual I loved all your clicks. I have never tasted and tried pickled onion. Sounds Yumm

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  17. wonderful clicks..i m a grt fan of pickled onions...u have a grt recipe

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  18. Thanks a lot Alpana for visiting my blog and posting your wonderful comments. You have a beautiful blog and the pickled onions look simply mouthwatering. Glad to follow you.
    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  19. First time here ..you have a lovely space!!fabulous recipes and great pictures.
    do drop in at my place when time permits..

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  20. That's an interesting pickle out there. Can't wait to try.

    Nithu

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  21. Alpana, who can say no to these onions. Using dhania seeds is new to me, I'll add some to mine next time.

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  22. Well these look simply ravishing ...
    i am mom's place but once I go back home I will for sure pickle some onions and win all appreciation .. Everyone will just lov 'em esp hubby dear

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