Crispy Onion Rings
Prep time: 20 mins | Frying time: 15mins | Servings 3-4
- 2-3 large white or yellow onions * see notes
- oil for deep frying
- salt to taste (fine tablesalt to sprinkle)
For the coating:
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour (maida)
- 1/4 cup cornstarch (cornflour)
- 2 tablespoons instant mashed potato powder * see notes
- 1 cup of cold club soda
- a pinch of cayenne or regular red chilli powder
- 2-3 cups Panko breadcrumbs, or as required * see notes
1. Peel the onions and cut them into slices about 1/4 of an inch (not too thick or they won’t cook). Separate the rings and keep aside. Place the Panko crumbs on a shallow plate.
2. Heat oil (on a medium high – not full flame) in a deep frying pan and keep it ready.
3. In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients – maida, cornflour, mashed potato powder & cayenne/chilli powder and whisk them all together.
4. Add the club soda and continue to whisk the batter. It may seem a little runny at first but the mashed potato powder will help thicken it up quickly.
5. Add a few onion rings into the prepared batter and flip them over using a fork until they are well coated.
6. Next, coat the rings with the Panko crumbs using a separate fork (to avoid a sticky mess in the crumbs!)
7. Gently slip the onion rings, a few at a time (do not overcrowd the pan) into the hot oil and let it fry on both sides till the colour turns into a golden brown.
8. Use a slotted spoon or fork to remove them onto an absorbent kitchen tissue. They will turn really crisp and hard upon cooling.
9. Sprinkle lightly with salt before serving. Enjoy!
1. If you can’t find white or yellow onions you can substitute them with very large red/pink onions that we commonly find in India.
2. Instant mashed potato powder is available at well stocked supermarkets across India. When in Mumbai I had purchased it (a brand called Vegit, Aloo Mash) from Star Bazar. It is usually found in the aisle that stocks up instant foods such as idlis, gulab jamoons etc.
3. Panko breadcrumbs are a Japanese brand of breadcrumbs that turns a beautiful golden when fried. It is available at gourmet stores such as Godrej Nature’s Basket in Mumbai. In Dubai you can find Panko at Spinney’s