Spicy pickled onions

If you have ever been to any Indian restaurants, you would have noticed sparkly-small-round onions floating in red colored water. These are called "Sirke wali Pyaaz" in India. A.K.A Pickled onions and usually served with north Indian lunch or dinner. My brother & I are hugh fans of these tangy onions and cant stop by asking more. They make Indian food taste so good...yum. 

Now being on other side of world, I sometimes miss and crave for these pickled onions. Since these are mostly taken during summer, I thought let's make a batch before we bid a goodbye to summer. These pickled onions are perfect to go with rice, lentils, veg or non-veg gravies, burgers, sandwiches etc. There are several ways and versions to make it but I make them in the simplest way my mom makes. My mom is a veggie fan so she puts a lot of other vegetables too along with onion like carrots, radish etc. But I will stick with onion only.

Pickled Onion

  • Pearl onions or shallots whatever you prefer. I used pearl onions - 6 to 8.
  • White plain or apple cider vinegar whatever you prefer. I used white one. enough to cover the onions when immersed in a jar/bottle.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 1 to 2 (lengthwise sliced). Skip it if you don't like spicy.
  • Red food color - 1 to 2 drops (optional). You can use a piece of beetroot too for color.
  • Glass jar or bottle. Must have. Do not use a plastic or any other substance.

  • Dry the glass jar fully and add all the ingredients.
  • Cover and let it sit for a day in fridge to get the onions soaked in vinegar.
  • Drain onions before using. Enjoy!!

post signature


  1. That looks yummy! I liked pickled anything so I'm super tempted to try this recipe!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  2. Woah! I'm really loving the template/theme of this site.
    It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's very hard to get that
    "perfect balance" between user friendliness and visual appeal.
    I must say that you've done a great job with this. Additionally, the blog loads very quick for me on Opera.

    Superb Blog!

    Have a look at my web blog: website ()


Thank you so much for reading and I would love to hear back from you.