Onion Prices Making You Cry? Try These Recipes Instead

Let’s deal with the #OnionCrisis, the LF way!

Shraddha Varma

Of late, not just onions but also its prices have got us Indians teary-eyed. On December 4th, 2019, according to the National Horticulture Development Board (NHDB), retail prices of the allium reached a seasonal peak.

It ranged between INR 90 per kg to INR 140 per kg in cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.

Expectedly, people across the country are dealing with the onion crisis in their unique way.

Zee News

reported that while a bunch of politicians arrived at the Bihar assembly wearing a garland of onions, parts of Gujarat, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh reported thefts where thieves raided vegetable shops and farms and robbed onions, leaving the cash box untouched.

Meanwhile, Twitterati had a field day as they dealt with this tearful situation by sharing witty and hilarious memes and jokes while using the hashtags #OnionCrisis and #OnionPrices.

Chances of onion prices going down seem slim in the near future, the staple in the Indian kitchen is pulling a Houdini on the common man’s plate.

To help you sail through the onion crisis, we’ve put together a list of no onion recipes that are so delicious you won’t miss the bulbs.


Tomato Bok Choy Broth

Come winter, nothing’s better than curling up on the sofa and relishing a big bowl of hot soup. If you’re planning to do the same, we suggest you try chef Gautam Mehrishi’s version of the classic tomato soup. Bok choy leaves and whole wheat croutons lend the soup additional textures and make it stand out among other soup recipes.

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Hot and Sour Chana Soup

Whip up this lip-smacking hot and sour chana soup if you’re looking for a heart-healthy option. The recipe uses black chickpeas which are high in protein and are known to lower cholesterol. The classic hot and sour flavours come from red chilli paste, black pepper powder, and mashed tomatoes.

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Chola Tikkis

Ditch the usual aloo tikki with raw onions for this mildly-spiced, melt-in-the-mouth pan-fried cutlets garnished with a generous helping of curd, tamarind chutney, nylon sev, mint leaves, and green chillies.

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Rava Cheese Cutlets

Crisp on the outside, creamy and cheesy on the inside, this appetiser is made with a mixture of semolina, yoghurt, cheese, chopped coriander, green chillies, cumin seeds, and a little baking powder.

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Chicken Ghee Roast

Now here’s a chicken starter with no onions to deal with the current crisis. A quintessential Mangalorean dish, the ghee roast chicken is a marvelous invention prepared by cooking the meat in a mildly spicy gravy with loads of ghee.

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Main Course

Trevti Dal

Another no onion recipe from chef Mehrishi’s kitchen, the trevti dal is a tangy and mildly spiced dal that can be eaten by itself, paired with ghee-laden chapatis or a bowl of steamed rice. You make it by mixing split Bengal gram, split moong beans, and kidney beans and then temper with ghee, whole spices, and curry leaves.

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Soya Makhani

The soya makhani is a vegetarian version of murgh makhani or chicken butter masala. It has soya chunks doused in a silky smooth tomato gravy. It is mildly sweet and is usually paired with parathas or pulao.

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Grilled Chicken with Moong Sprouts

Trust chef Rishim Sachdeva to create recipes that tick both the boxes: healthy and tasty. This protein-packed moong sprouts with grilled chicken is the perfect example. What we absolutely love here is also the fact that it takes not more than 10 mins to prepare the chicken recipe, if you’ve got cooked chicken handy.

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Tea-time Snacks


Originated in Gujarat, this is literally a dough of rice flour cooked in boiling water and flavoured with chopped green chillies, cumin seeds, dry mango powder, black pepper powder, and clarified butter. The khichu is used as the base for preparing rice papad in the state.

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Couscous and Corn Idli

Give the rice idlis a break and welcome these couscous and corn idlis, flavoured with all-ground spice and roasted coconut, for a change. Filling, fast, and healthy, what’s not to love about these idlis?

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