Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Birista or crisp deep fried onions are really handy to have them in your kitchen. You can quickly prepare your meats and curries using them. You can also use them as a garnish on rice dishes. Biriyani is incomplete without the garnish of birista.
You can prepare a large quantity when you have some free time and refrigerate in an air tight jar. You may even freeze them in zip lock bags. For better result you can spread the sliced onions on a plastic sheet and dry them in the sunlight for a couple of hours if you have the facility, which we miss living in apartments.

Onions .... 1 kg or as needed
Oil ......... 3 cups

1. Peel and slice the onions finely.
2. Heat oil and fry the onion on high flame for 8-10 minutes.
3. Now reduce to medium and continue to fry stirring the onion from time to time.
4. When it gets a nice golden colour and is crisp enough drain it in a sieve and spread it on a kitchen paper towels. (avoid using news papers)
5. When it is cool enough, fill it in an air tight container or jar. You can also freeze it in zip lock bags.
I usually prepare enough to last for a month and just refrigerate it.

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  1. Shobha - this is such a great idea. I usually hate having to deal with onions everyday. This way, you have prepared onions for your recipes and garnishing. I am sure they must be great to add to sandwiches, soups and even raitas.

    1. Yes Mina, nice and handy recipe specially for gravies and pulaos

  2. My sister in law use to run an Indian restaurant in Nairobi and would give me some whenever I visited her or she came down to Mombasa. Now I don't get any as she's in US. I should make some and store it the way you have suggested.

  3. This is a great idea and a briliant time saving thing to do. I have seen asian supermarkets sell this but never bought them.

    1. Thanks Nayna.. if you are making gravy dishes, this helps a lot to cook them faster.

  4. Awesome share. Storing of fried onions is really a brilliant idea and helps a lot to cook fast. When ever I prepare biryani, the preparation of fried onions make time consuming.

    1. True Priya.. at times when I don't have the onion ready for biriyani I even skip it as it is time consuming.


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