Cilantro stuffed onions (bharela kanda nu shaak)

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
25 min
Very Easy
A simple and easy recipe to make.


Number of serving: 4
12 to 15 small baby onions or small red onions

1 cup chickpea flour or besan

1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped

1 teaspoon oil

1 teaspoon red chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1 pinch of asafoetida

1 pinch of baking soda

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon oil for cooking


  • In a vessel mix all the stuffing ingredients well and keep aside.
  • Slit the onions vertically and fill in the stuffing, make sure you do not put more pressure or else the onions will come apart.
  • Similarly fill in all the onions with the stuffing. There will be little stuffing left dont worry we will be using the same while cooking.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, use non stick pan, heat about 1 tablespoon of oil and slowly add in the stuffed onions one by one.
  • Cover the pan with a dish or a plate and cook on slow heat for about 20 to 25 minutes until they are half way cooked. If required add little water in the dish.
  • Do stir the onions every few mins just to make sure they dont get burnt. Stir it very carefully so as not to tear then apart.
  • Now add in the remaining stuffing masala and again cover and cook for around 20 minutes or until done.


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