Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 318,597 strong:

Register Today!

Indian Onion Rings with Chaat Masala

Indian Onion Rings with Chaat Masala

Indian Onion Rings with Chaat Masala: Several fast food places in India serve these light and crispy rings on a large metal rod (like a kitchen paper towel holder). They are easy to make, fun to eat and wonderful when it is raining outside! I like to use all purpose flour here but you can use the traditional chickpea flour if you wish.

Recipe credit – “Modern Spice” by Monica Bhide, Simon & Schuster, April 2009

Serves 4-6
Cook time: 25 minutes

2 medium red onions, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
1 cup all-purpose flour
Table salt to taste
½ teaspoon red chili powder
¼ teaspoon carom seeds
1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup club soda (8 oz)
2 cups vegetable oil to deep fry
Store-bought Indian Chaat Masala, as needed

1. Separate the sliced onion into rings discarding the very small rings and hard center part (save these for another purpose).

2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, red chili powder, bishop’s weed, and the vegetable oil. Now add the club soda, and mix well to ensure that there are no lumps. The batter should be thicker than a pancake batter. Add the soda a little bit at a time. If the batter becomes too thin, you can add an additional tablespoon of flour.

3. Add the onions to the batter and make sure that they are well coated.

4. Heat the oil in a deep pan to 350F.

5. Add a few onion rings at a time to the hot oil and fry, turning them in the oil until they are golden brown on all sides (about 2-3 minutes).

6. Using a slotted spoon, remove the rings from the oil, and place on a double layer of paper towel to drain.

7. Continue until all the rings are done. Please note that the temperature of the oil may fall between batches so do allow time for the oil to re-heat.

8. Serve dusted with chaat masala.

Carom seeds, Fenugreek leaves and Chaat Masala area all easily available on Amazon or at your local Indian grocer.

Complementary Wines: Champagne, Champagne rosé, Gewürztraminer Late Harvest, Mojito: rum, lime juice, sugar, mint

If you'd like more delicious recipes and wine pairings, join my website.

Visit 's wine and food blog A Life of Spice.

Return to Recipes



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

U Mes U Sparkling Wine
Penedès D.O. ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 318,597 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award