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  • Writer's pictureElani Jeyagugan

Save your Onions

Onions are one of the most used and most versatile vegetables. They are used in nearly every single recipe and oftentimes go to waste, especially when they are sold in big bags. I will be sharing with you my favourite way to use up onions and some methods of storage to preserve them for longer than expected.

The first thing you can do to keep your onions fresh for longer is to put them in the fridge as the cold temperature will slow down the rotting process. If you want to keep your onions for even longer, I recommend dicing or slicing them up and storing them in a container in your freezer. This not only means you have onions for longer than usual, but they are also conveniently diced already and saves you a lot of time with chopping.

Finally, if you have a couple of onions you need to use up ASAP my favourite go-to recipe has been onion bhajis. Everyone makes these differently but this simple recipe is beginner-friendly and delicious.


2 medium onions, sliced thinly

100g gram flour (about 1/2 cup)

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 or 2 fresh chillies, minced

Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Slice your onions thinly and put them in a bowl of cold water.

  2. Mix your gram flour with your turmeric, chilli powder, fresh chillies and a heavy pinch of salt.

  3. Whisk this dry mixture with about 100ml of cold water. The batter should have a slightly thick consistency.

  4. Drain the onions and mix them in with the batter.

  5. Heat up some vegetable oil and drop in a bit of batter. If the batter bubbles and rises, the oil is ready for frying.

  6. Spoon the mixture into the oil and fry for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

  7. Drain excess oil using a paper towel, serve and enjoy!

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