Tuesday, March 13, 2012

An Ode to Fried Onions

They are brilliant of course, particularly on topping rice as many a mujaddara-fan probably knows.

They are a bit of a pain to make so the CC decided to do some scientific tinkering around. He quickly realized that if you could have the onions lose moisture naturally before frying then the frying would be faster, and there'd be less splattering (both worthy goals to pursue.)

Naturally, that brought the humble refrigerator into light since modern refrigerators are dessicators. The fridge is a natural dehydrating agent since they dry out the main cavity to prevent growth of bacteria and mold. Sticking the onions sliced up thinly overnight in the refrigerator tends to dry them out which is not a good thing normally but it's brilliant for fried onions!


Kurush F Dalal said...

most chefs/cooks/khansamas in india will slice onions (to be fried) meant for dinner early ion the mon and leave them scattered on a large tray in the sun ... u are comepletely right that dehydration saves time, fuel and oil ... but it does so at a small but significant cost to flavour ... do make both and try them fresh :)

ShockingSchadenfreude said...

Alas, there is not much sun access (as in roofs) in New York.

One must work with what one has.

Have tried both, and they are very very close.