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Pickled Onions - Sirke Wale Pyaaz

Quick Pickled Onions - Sirke Wale Pyaaz

Shweta Arora
Sirke Wala Pyaaz or Pickled Onions is super easy and quick recipe using just 4 ingredients for making this delicious condiment that is very popularly seen in Indian restaurants.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 jar


  • 1 10oz bag pearl red onions (283gms) or 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup vinegar distilled white
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • pinch red chilli powder optional


  • In a bowl/clean jar add the vinegar, water, salt, sugar, red chilli powder (optional). Mix well till sugar and salt dissolve.
  • Add the red onions and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 mins to an hour or overnight.
  • The thicker the onions, the longer they will take to marinate. So sliced onions will marinate quicker than pearl onions.


  • You can reduce or increase the vinegar content to your tolerance of sourness. More vinegar equals more sour onions.  
  • The recipe above is for instant/quick pickled onions. If you don’t plan to use the onions the very same day or next, I suggest using less vinegar to avoid the onions becoming too sour which can be unpleasant. 
  • Other spices like red chilli powder, whole black pepper, garlic etc can be added as additional flavoring. 
  •  These onions stay good for couple of days when refrigerated. 
  • The vinegar mix can be reused within 24-48 hours for soaking next batch of onions. Just add more onions to it.
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