Fried Shallots

The name Shallot derives from the word ‘Ashkelon’, a city in Israel. Shallot’s botanical name is Allium. They are sometimes also known as eschallots.Known as Gandana in Hindi and ‘bawang merah keci’ in Behasa Melayu, the language spoken across Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, these tiny red onions taste like onions but are less pungent.They are formed as a cluster of bulbs similar to garlic as opposed to a single bulb like an Onion.Although the origins are not quite clear, the roots seem to have been in Asia or in Mediterranean region.

The fried shallots are a popular condiment in Malaysia and across Southeast Asia. In Malaysia,they are served with the regional fried rice (Nasi Goreng) along with Cucumbers and Tomatoes.In India, it is used in Sambar and Kuzhambu. It is also used in pickles and as a pickle!Here is a simple recipe for fried shallots. I served it on some flavored rice.

From The Best International Recipe (From the editors of Cook’s Illustrated)

1/3 cup Shallots
3 Shallots, sliced thin.
Salt to taste

Heat the oil. Place the thinly sliced shallots and cook over high heat by continuously stirring it. Do it for about 5 min till shallots are golden and soft. Do not overcook. They will turn crispy after you take them out from the pan.
Take the shallots out and place them on a paper towel and let the oil drain and turn crispy. Season with salt.

The above picture goes to IAVW:Malaysia hosted by Vaishali of Holy Cow!Vegan Recipes

The last picture goes to CLICK! and this month's theme is Allium!

Shri

26 comments:

Pari said...

Very well explained Shri. Nice click.

Vrinda said...

lov shallots,so i put shallots in almost all curries...v make theeyal with shallots,nice clicks Shri...

Rush said...

i feel the taste of the shallots are the closest u ca get to Indian onions...but they are so damn expensive here, i just get them on occasions and not on a daily basis!!

Nithya & Pavithra said...

This looks interesting. simple and healthy food :)

Vaishali said...

I love shallots, and this dish looks amazing. I can imagine it'd be great atop a spicy curry or even a biryani.

Sushma Mallya said...

Thats a simple and a nice one ...loved the pic shri...

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A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Sounds interesting, liked the second pic..very nice

rekhas kitchen said...

nice idea and very new to me looks like a comfort meal.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Hi Shri, i had some problem with the HTML and now i had fixed it. You can add ur valuable comment dear. Thanks a lot for letting me know about it.


"Fried shallots" is simple and easy, pictures looks great and tempting yaar!

Abhilash said...

shallots... best for teeyal, a dish made in kerala...

Your recipe appear to be interesting...

Pics look superb...

Jyoti said...

Great picture! Simple and nice.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy and easy! perfect dish!

Pavithra said...

So interesting and nice clicks..

Priya said...

Fried shallots looks great..just love the first pic..

Shri said...

Thanks Pari and Vrinda!

I agree Rush,Shallots are expensive here!

Thanks Nithya,and Sushma!

Yes Vaishali, The rice is mildly spiced up with the Biryani spices:D:P

Siri said...

I love shallots..and fried shallots could be used for anything - as a side dish, as a garnish!! Love the color Shri..:)

Hugs,
Siri

Ramya said...

Lotsa info abt the humble shallots..crispy shallots look delish..

Shri said...

Thanks Vincent for such kind words!I added my blog to the site!I will take more time to browse the site once I am back from a trip!

A2Z, Rekha, Mythreyi,Abhilash, Jyoti, HCOF,Pavithra, Priya,Siri and Ramya, Thanks!

Varsha Vipins said...

yuummm..I just love them in Sambar n all other Kerala dishes..:).we use the smaller onions called pearl onions..shallots here are lil bigger than it..

Nags said...

fried shallots make such perfect garnishes..

Parita said...

The name itself makes me drool!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...that's an simple and yum way to indulge.....beautiful pics...

Shri said...

Thanks Varsha,
Yes,we use the pearl onions in Sambar!I believe they are a bit different than Shallots!

Nags,Parita,KF Thanks

sra said...

Informative, your post! And nice pic, esp the Click entry!

Shri said...

Thanks Sra!

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