Spicy Blooming Onion

Blooming onions are incredible, edible works of art. Magical creations brought about by some clever slicing of layers that have always existed in the humble onion, before being battered and fried to form their full onion blossom shape.

It’s hard to believe that these are real because they just look so good. They’re beautiful, delightfully crispy, crunchy deep-fried onions, cut to resemble petals of a blooming flower.

Far better than plain old onion rings, these crispy delights will be the star of any party. The perfect side dish served with steak.

Spicy Blooming Onions

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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    For the Onions and Batter

  • 4 large red or white onions
  • canola oil for deep frying
  • 250g almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • For the Yoghurt Dip

  • 1 cup plain greek yoghurt
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives finely chopped
  • Mix all the ingredients into the yoghurt and season to taste


  1. Cut off the head of the onions and peel without cutting off the root portion
  2. Turn upside down so that the root is facing upwards
  3. Make incisions at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock without cutting into or through the root
  4. Make a further 3 incisions between each of the original cuts
  5. Turn over the onion and gently prise the petals apart
  6. To Make the Batter

  7. Combine all the ingredients except the buttermilk
  8. Slowly pour in the buttermilk while whisking
  9. Add just enough to form a thick pancake-like batter
  10. Heat the oil in a large saucepan
  11. Dip the onion into the batter, spooning some into the petals, making sure each petal is covered
  12. Using a slotted spoon, place the onion in the oil and deep fry for 5 minutes or until the onion is cooked and the batter is crisp
  13. Repeat with the remaining onions
  14. Serve with the yoghurt dip
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07/03/2022 07:18 am GMT

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