Tangy Sweet Pearl Onions

Tangy Sweet Pearl Onions

Tangy Sweet Pearl Onions

500 gms of pearl onions (tiny whole onions to be peeled and kept aside)

Ingredients to be roasted and ground to a paste :

  • 3 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds 
  • 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds 
  • 10 whole red chillies 
  • 3 pieces of coconut of 2 " each ,to be roasted seperately for 4-5 seconds only 

All of the above to be ground to a paste ,can add a little water to make a smooth paste.
When done keep the paste aside

Remaining Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp oil 
  • 4 -5 tbsp of tamarind pulp to be kept ready (soak a golf ball tamarind in warm water and keep aside ) 
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10-12 curry patta leaves 
  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin 
  • 1 whole red chilli broken in to half 
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Pinch of cumin powder 
  • Pinch of turmeric powder 
  • Pinch of coriander powder 
  • 1 tsp sambar powder 
  • 3 tbsp of jaggery powder 


  • Take a kadhai add the oil and warm the oil a little 
  • When the oil is a little warm add the mustard seeds,
  • Then add the whole cummin seeds 
  • Next add the whole red chilli broken in half 
  • Stir for 30-40 seconds
  • Then add the the curry patta leaves 
  • Now add the asafoetida 
  • Stir for few seconds 
  • Next add the onions and stir fry til the onions start getting a little translucent 
  • Now add the tamarind pulp 
  • Mix it in 
  • Now add the salt and turmeric powder 
  • And add the ground paste to the onions 
  • Mix it in well 
  • Then add the coriander,sambar and cumin powder 
  • Mix everything in well 
  • Add 1 cup of water in the grinder so that the water gets the flavor of the ground masala 
  • When the water starts bubbling 
  • Lower the flame and cover and cook on low flame for few minutes. 
  • Check for salt ,chilli ,sourness and sweetness at this stage .
  • Adjust according to taste and serve

NB : if you do not want to put sambar masala it can be omitted .