Sirka pyaz or onions in vinegar.

Sirka pyaz or onions in vinegar are common at any hotel in North India. The trend has caught up in the other states of India as well.

Though this cannot be termed as a pickle per se, no meal is complete without onions and green chillies in North India.

The onions are steeped in vinegar to soften the sharpness. The vinegar too lends its sourness to them. Absolutely delicious!


½ cup water

1/4 of a beetroot cubed

1 tsp sugar

2-3 cloves

1 inch piece of cinnamon stick

1 cup peeled pearl onions/ shallots

1 cup white/ synthetic vinegar

2 teaspoons salt.


Pour the water into a pan. Add the beetroot, sugar, cloves and cinnamon to it.
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer the mixture for about 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly.
Tip the pearl onions into a glass jar. Pour the white vinegar, salt and the cooled water mixture over the onions and stir gently.
Tightly cap the jar and refrigerate it. Use the onions after a day for up to ten days.

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