What your mother never told you about fried onions

Fried onions is an essential part of almost every Desi recipe. My mom was very precise when it came to frying her onions. The color was a perfect golden, the onions were crunchy and sweet and she stood in front of the stove the entire time while her onions crackled in the hot oil. I had a very short attention span when it came to cooking and was always looking for shortcuts, to my mothers dismay!

That is why I’m here to tell you that after many experiments I have come to the conclusion that you can in fact use store bought fried onions for certain recipes!

So typically recipes ask to fry onions and then add in the ginger and garlic paste. When I am using already fried onions I put oil in the pan and put about a half a cup of fried onions let them sizzle a bit then continue on with the GG paste and follow the rest of the recipe.

I have used store bought fried onions in aloo gosht, nihari, haleem and simple currys.


There are a few recipes that will always need freshly fried onions, these include rice dishes such as biryanis and pilaus which require the fried onions to be placed on top of the rice. Also freshly fried onions are ideal for all baghars for daals and other similar dishes.  For recipes that require you to crush/grind fried onions,  you should also use fresh onions.

So next time that your cooking  a meat curry don’t be afraid to use store bought fried onions. Happy Cooking and  please share!


0 thoughts on “What your mother never told you about fried onions

  1. I have very short attention span myself, well in the kitchen and everything else. I use “dried onion” that come in a McCormick bottle and they work pretty good. I’ll have to try this fried onion stuff. Thanks for the tip.

    • Thanks for the comment! I can’t really be bothered to cut up the onion and then fry them (plus my husband hates the smell getting into his clothes) I hope the fried onions work as well for you as they do for me!

      • Lol!!! My husband is the same! But I do fry them myself. Don’t have a good experience using these bags… Except for topping haleem.

  2. Ahh that’s why my desi food always comes out.. well… not very desi. I refuse to use onions (or ginger) and it seems that those 2 are the most common ingredients in every desi dish! oh well, I’ll keep skipping and make my own style of shan masala… until one of the desi girls coaches me on cooking in the kitchen

  3. packaged fried onions all the way!! I’ve found laziza brand to be one of the best brands because it doesn’t have that coating on the onions… it’s all onion. love it, and love the blog!!

  4. Honestly once you make your own you’ll never be happy with store bought – you can literally taste the preservatives and flour :-/. I fry up a big batch and freeze it for months – works out great

  5. In my opinion fresh onions are better than the store bought, they bring more aroma and taste to the dishes. Here is one tip related to this: when you start frying use a pinch of salt, the onions will be more crunchier.

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