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!