South Indian Onion Strings Pickled Salad

Hot, tangy, sweet, salty. The perfect quick pickle.

South Indian Onion String Pickle

Such a simple dish, but an amazing accompaniment to South Indian food. This is ubiquitous in South Indian cafes and restaurants, and at home. It takes about 2 minutes to make, and will keep in the fridge. Don’t just save it for Indian food, use it in any way you desire. In salads, sandwiches, wraps, for example.

Are you looking for Onion Salad recipes? Try Onion Strings Pickled Salad, Caramelised Onion Salad with Bitter Greens and Pine Nuts, and Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard, and Battered Onion Rings.

Similar Quick Pickles include Daikon and Onion Quick Pickle, Quick Carrot Pickle, and Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle. Also try this Gujarati Carrot Pickle.

Are you after Indian Salads? Try these different versions of Kosumalli, Sundals and Pachadis.

Other Onion Salads include Caramelised Onions and Greens Salad.

You might like to explore other Onion Salads, and all of our Onion recipes, or simply browse our Salads. Our Indian Pickles are here, and all of our Indian recipes are here. Explore our Indian Essentials. Or check out our Early Spring recipes.

South Indian Onion String Pickle

South Indian Onion Strings Pickled Salad

Thinly slice a white or red onion. Mix 0.5 cup apple cider vinegar to cover the onions with a couple of teaspoons white sugar, 0.25 tspn kashmiri chilli powder (adds colour and a warm heat), a pinch turmeric and 1 small tspn salt. Cover the onion strings with the vinegar mixture and allow to sit for 5 mins before serving.

recipe notes and alternatives
You can use lemon juice or white wine vinegar in place of the cider vinegar. In India, the locally made vinegars are often used.

Add finely chopped coriander leaves and/or finely chopped green chilli.

Try eating these with poppadoms (papad) before tucking into your main course.








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