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Blooming Onion

A dish with one onion cut to resemble a flower, battered and deep fried.
Servings: 3



  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil

For the flour mixture

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne/ red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

For dipping

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg

For dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of salt



    To slice the onions

    • Slice one inch off the top of the onion.
    • Remove the skin.
    • Then slice the roots keeping the stem intact because thats where the onion petals will stay joined.
    • Using a thin knife cut out a 1 inch diameter core from the center of the onion.
    • Using a sharp knife make four evenly spaced cuts. Make sure you keep an inch space from the root.
    • In between each of these four cuts make another three cuts.
    • Separate the petals with your fingers.

    Prepring the batter

    • In a bowl whisk together the milk and egg.
    • In another bowl, combine all the ingredients listed under flour mixture.
    • Take the onion and dip in the milk mixture.
    • Place it in the flour mixture making sure to spread the flour all over the onions. Separate the petals with hand and sprinkle flour in between the petals.
    • Double dip the onion back in the milk.
    • Again place in the flour mix and spread the flour all over. Shake off excess flour.
    • Keep in freezer for half an hour.


    • Heat oil in a deep heavy bottom pan in a medium high flame. There should be enough oil to cover the onion.
    • Drop the onion cut side down into the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes. Then very carefully flip it over and fry for additional 8-9 minutes on medium heat till it turns golden brown and crispy.
    • Take out of the oil and drain cut side down ona paper towel.

    For dipping sauce

    • Mix in all the ingredients listed under dipping sauce.


    * If you dont want to fry the whole onion, you can make onion rings with the same recipe.
    * Be very careful when dropping the onion into the oil. Place the onion on a round spoon and carefully drop it into the oil slowly. The oil might spill out if you use a small pan.