Crispy Onion Rings Recipe
- Yellow onion – 1
- All-purpose flour/Maida – 1/4 cup
- Cornstarch – 2 tblsp
- Instant mashed potatoes – 1 tblsp
- Dry Red Chilly powder – 1 tspn
- Cold club soda – 1/2 cup
- Panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) – 2 cups
- Oil for deep frying
Onion Rings | Crispy Onion Rings Recipe | Crunchy Onion Rings
I had no idea that there exists a snack called Onion Rings until I came to the US. There are instant onion rings available in market like potato chips and frozen onion rings which you can fry them when you feel like wanting to eat them hot. But I never bought either the instant onion rings or the frozen onion rings. I liked the idea of Onion Rings when I looked at their pictures in the product cover. So I googled them and chose the exact site which had the Exxxact Recipe for onion rings I was searching for.
When I was in a mission to surprise my husband with little snacks every evening or almost every evening, I used to search for simple, yet delicious snacks recipes. This recipe for onion rings is one among them. Easy and a quick snacks perfect for the evening. Thanks to Chef John who has this wonderful site with such brilliant recipes! I came to know about his site just few months back. I know most of us or most of the food bloggers would have been to his site at least once. I love the way he makes his video and the way he explains his recipes in a not-more-than 2 or 3 minute video. He never misses to answer any of our questions on the recipes.
How to make Crispy Onion Rings – with Step by Step pictures
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Below are the ingredients you’ll need. Mentioned points on instant mashed potato and bread crumbs in 3Ts section below. I got low-sodium club soda. Do not get club soda which has sugar in it.
In a bowl, take all-purpose flour, cornstarch, instant mashed potato and chilly powder. Give them a stir so that ingredients mix together.
Add the club soda and mix well. You will feel like the batter becoming watery. But don’t worry. We need to make this batter sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes they’ll get thicker.
In the meantime, heat oil in a deep-frying pan. Heat it in medium flame.
Peel the yellow onion. Wash it. Cut the onion horizontally into quarter inch thick rounds.
Give a gentle push in the center of each onion rounds in-order to get the actual rings. [I actually enjoy this step. It reminds me of that Green Tortoise mosquito coil which we used to separate every night to drive away the mosquitoes :)]
Keep the panko bread crumbs ready in a small dry bowl. Forget no the fork/spoon.
10 minutes will be over by now. So now take each onion ring and dip them lightly in the batter.
Take them out with the help of another fork/spoon and drop them into the bowl of bread crumbs.
Dust the battered onion ring nicely with the bread crumbs. Both outside and inside the onion ring.
Now drop the onion ring gently into the hot oil.
You need not turn the onion rings in the oil. Give them exactly 2 minutes to get cooked perfectly. Once they get to a nice golden brown color, lift them with slotted ladle and keep them on a kitchen paper. Sprinkle little salt over the onion rings. Just little. Eat them hot.
Ok, if you have only few onions at home then make sure you locked the front door inside-out after making the Onion Rings 😛 😆 or if you hear your door bell or a knock at the door, then act as if you are sleeping. This way you can enjoy the crunchy onion rings to yourself. 😆 But remember to eat them silently since they are extra-crunchyyyy…… 😀 You can enjoy the onion rings along with your burgers, sandwiches or simply with your evening tea. I doubt if I should name them Onion Rings or Onion Bangles, because my onions were quite bigger in size. To me, these onion rings look like imitation gold bangles 😀 😛
3Ts [ Tips | Tricks | Tactics ] to make crunchy onion rings
- Every ingredient mentioned here is a secret ingredient for the crunchy onion rings. Especially, the instant mashed potato, the panko bread crumbs and the club soda. About the Panko bread crumbs, I don’t know where we can get that in India. May be you can try with normal bread crumbs and share how the recipe turned out. I once tried without even using bread crumbs and I liked that variety too. I bought panko bread crumbs (Japanese style) and instant mashed potato in Walmart (found in cake-mix aisle).
- Setting the batter for 10 mins is important so that we are giving time for the soda to react with the ingredients and thus making the batter ready to the right thick consistency.
- Use a separate fork/spoon for dipping the onion rings in the batter and a separate fork to dust the battered rings with the bread crumbs. This way we can avoid the mess of batter getting mixed with the bread crumbs. We can save the bread crumbs this way.
- When you drop the onion rings into the bread crumbs bowl, dust them with the bread crumbs quite fast else the batter will start dropping from the onion rings and the bread crumbs may not stick to the onion rings properly.
- Heat oil steadily keeping the flame in medium. Because, if you are careless and allow the oil to smoke, then the rings will turn dark brown or black the moment you drop them into the oil.
- And don’t forget to sprinkle little salt over the onion rings. I always forget this step when I make them at home. You might have seen me mentioning this point in the french fries recipe too.
When you have unexpected guests, you can surprise them with this onion rings which you can make in less than 15 minutes. I made these Onion Rings recipe when Su and Ha came few months back and they liked it. Su liked it very much and she asked for the recipe. That time I did not have my blog, so sent her Chef John’s link. Today, here it is in Cooking Jingalala – the recipe for Crispy Onion Rings!
Hei, does anybody wonder what’s great about in copying one’s recipe and posting about it very proudly? Huh… actually this way you can make sure if the original blogger spoke the truth or lied about the recipe 😛 😆 No, actually that’s not it. It’s something like film makers making a film after getting inspired on another foreign language film. It’s like trying out our friend’s recipes that are from different parts of the country or world. Yes, instead of copying, we can make little alterations to the recipe. I had thoughts to add some palak paste (keerai masiyal) to the onion rings batter and post a colorful green onion bangles recipe, but I feared if the recipe would go wrong and rubbed off my thoughts. So I stick to the original recipe and will try alterations later when I have time, mood and more of the ingredients stuff. There’s nothing bad about copying or at least “I” don’t feel bad about copying other’s recipes unless one leaves a link back to the original site. Let’s copy, share and not forget to give credits to the original recipe post.
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