South Indian Onion Strings Pickled Salad

Hot, tangy, sweet, salty. The perfect quick 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 recipes? Try Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard, Battered Onion Rings, and Farinata with Tomatoes and Onion.

Are you after Indian recipes? Try Kohlrabi Subzi, Aamti Bhaat, and Rice and Cauliflower Pilaf.

You might like to explore other Onion Salads, or Onion recipes or simply browse our Salads. All of our Indian recipes are here. Please feel free to browse all of our Early Spring recipes as well.

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Farinata with Tomato, Onions and Cheese

A beautiful Italian snack

The use of chickpea flour for endless varieties of dishes fascinates me. Having made pudla again for lunch yesterday, I remembered that we hadn’t made farinata for a long time. It is great for a brunch with some salads.

The toppings for farinata are endless and only limited by your imagination. The key is to avoid juicy toppings. Today we added olive paste to the batter and topped the farinata with cheese.

You might also like to make Simple Farinata, and Farinata “Pizza”. Browse all of our Farinata recipes here. Or explore our Italian recipes here and here. We have other Chickpea Flour recipes here and here.

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Sweet Onion Salad with Coriander Spice

Use up left over onion with this simple, healthy salad.

This is a great, quick onion salad that I often make to use up those half onions remaining from another dish. It retains the onion’s bite yet softens its intensity.  It is such a perfect accompaniment to Indian curries too.

Would you believe that I first made this in 1998? It is also cross posted as part of the retro recipes on our sister site, Heat in The Kitchen.

Are you after salads? Please browse here and here. There are also onion recipes here and here. Explore our Summer recipes here and here.

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Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard

Another wonderful cucumber salad for hot days. Easy to prep ahead of time.

The morning is hot and still. Clouds dot the blue sky. I love the stillness of the mornings and begin the day in the kitchen with a coffee in one hand and some cucumbers in the other. Red onions and mustard sit on he Kitchen Bench.

We have a wealth of salad recipes. You can browse them here. You might particularly like Pawpaw Salsa, Grown up Potato Salad, and a Kachumber – Indian Salad. Or are you looking for something different to do with cucumbers? Check out our cucumber recipes here.

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Bhajji | Vegetable Fritters | Indian Style

Oh the joys of Bhajji

Oh the joys of Indian snacks, of that (often) deep fried combo of flavours, of the special chutneys and spices, the lip smacking, breath taking joy that goes on and on and on.

Bhajji is truly tremendous. I made today’s afternoon nosh with potato, eggplant (brinjal), red capsicum and onion. I thoroughly recommend this, eaten in the sunshine with a cool ale or iced tea, and friends.

It is accompanied with fresh mango cheeks with chaat masala. Bhajji can be served as breakfast although I don’t recommend it, snacks or as an appetiser. I like to accompany it with diced fruit, a green salad or kachumber.

Looking for bhaji? Try our Crispy Battered Onion Bhaji. Or for snacks, try the Channa Chat with Chat Masala, or Baked Chickpeas. Browse all of the bhaji here and all of the Indian Snacks here. Or explore our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Summer recipes can be found here and here.

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Kachumber | Chuchumber | A Tangy, Spicy Salad from India

Such a simple salad, yet such a huge explosion of flavour.

Oh how the amazing spicy sweet tangy sour tastes of Indian food bring happiness as their flavours burst in the mouth. Ashoka brand mixed pickles had me almost giggling last week as I almost ate them by the spoonful at the local Indian cafe.

I have been chatting about Chat Masala this week with friends — it is a spice mix that embodies spicy sweet tangy and sour. It is sprinkled on raw (and sometimes cooked) fruit and vegetables — and chickpeas — for that burst of amazing flavour. Try it on grilled sweet corn!

This salad captures all of that. Such a simple salad, yet such a huge explosion of flavour.

You might like to try other Indian Salads and Indian Snacks. Or explore our Indian recipes here and here. Other Summer recipes can be found here and here. Try other recipes with Chaat Masala: Chickpea (Channa) Chaat and Channa Chaat on Kovalam Beach. Also Watermelon Salad, Borlotti Bean Chaat, Spicy Vegetable Sticks and Chickpeas and Young Ginger Salad.

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Pudla and Crispy Battered Onion Rings | Two Recipes using Chickpea Flour

Celebrating Chickpea Flour

I have to say, chickpea flour is the best! So versatile, if I was to be marooned on a desert island, it is one of the pantry ingredients that I would take with me. From the beautiful Farinata, to a stabliser in yoghurt curry, to crispy batters and fritter-like little dosas, it brings joy into the kitchen. Going by different names, you may recognise Chickpea Flour as Besan, or Gram Flour.

Make these two quick recipes in no time at all. They make a lovely sunny breakfast on the terrace – Pudla, Crispy Battered Onion Rings, Lentils, Tomatoes, Curd (yoghurt) and deep fried yoghurt dried chillies. Finish it off with a nice crispy, slightly sour apple.

Pudla is also called Cheela, Puda or Pooda, and there are versions from many parts of India. They are a fairly relaxed form of Dosa.

You might also like to try Pudla with Green Coriander, Chickpea Flour Pudla, or Chickpea Flour “Cakes” with Tomato Salsa. All Pudla recipes are here. Or browse our Indian Recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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