Spicy onion curry recipe

Preparation Time : 15 min Cooking Time : 10 min Serves : 4

Spicy onion curry is a quick and easy south Indian curry, a delicious side dish to enjoy with poori or chapati’s. A simple and tasty curry can be prepared in a short time, onion is the main ingredient in the curry, adding tomatoes is optional, a coconut based south Indian curry which is a perfect combination for chapati or poori’s. 


Onion – 4 medium (thinly sliced)

Tomato – 1 medium (optional)

Coriander – 1 small bunch chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilly powder – 1 tsp ( adjust to your taste)

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp



To grind –


Coconut – 1/2 cup

Poppy seeds – 3/4 tsp

Garlic – 2 or 3 pods

Ginger – 1 small piece

Clove – 2 no’s

Cinnamon – 1 or 2 small pieces



Keep all the ingredients ready to start. Add the ingredients to grind, blend it without adding water, until all the ingredients gets powdered, then add water to grind, blend it to a smooth paste, and keep it ready.


Heat a pan by adding oil in it, when it is hot add chopped onion and coriander, fry until onion turns to golden brown in colour.


Add tomato (optional), fry until it get soft.


Add  spice powders, toss it well.


Add grounded paste into it, fry it for a while, add 1/2 cup of water, salt to taste.


Bring it to boil for 3 to 4 min in a medium flame, close the lid of the pan, cook it in a medium flame.


Bring the curry to a thick in consistency.


Switch of the flame. Rest it for 5 to 10 min before you serve.


Enjoy Spicy Onion curry as a side dish for Poori, or with chapati’s.

Notes –

This curry can be prepared with lots of onions without adding tomatoes as well.

Always prefer to add less quantity of spices to prepare this curry  (mild spicy).




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2 Responses to “Spicy onion curry recipe”

  1. Jeevitha says:

    Tried this recipe Aakka, it came out very nice and tasty.

    • Usha Upchar says:

      Thanks for ur feedback Dear Jeevitha :) it’s Tumkur style which I learned from my mom,it’s my kids all time favorite dish 😊

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