Spiced Onions

A bowl of Glasgow Indian spiced onions.

A restaurant classic, this Glasgow Indian spiced onions recipe is delicious with crispy poppadoms.

Spiced onions (also called ‘spicy onions’) are a popular starter in Scottish Indian restaurants and takeaways. Mango chutney, ketchup, mint sauce and spices combine to make a deliciously zingy sauce for the fresh onions – perfect spooned on to crispy poppadoms. Some takeaways also include spiced onions as part of the filling in calzones and hoagie wraps.

This dish is often brilliantly red in Glasgow Indian restaurants and takeaways thanks to a pinch of food colouring. I like to use beetroot powder instead – this natural ingredient adds great colour and a slightly sweet flavour to the onions.

I hope you try this recipe. If you do, let me know in the comments below how it goes!

Spiced Onions
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Course: Side Dish, Salad
Cuisine: Indian, Kebab Shop, Indian Restaurant
Keyword: spicy onions, spiced onions, red onions, spicy red onions
Servings: 1 portion
  • 2 medium-large onions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mint sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mango chutney Geeta's brand
  • 1 pinch cumin powder
  • 1 pinch garam masala
  • 1 pinch chilli powder
  • 1 pinch beetroot powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. In a large bowl, add chopped onions, tomato ketchup, mint sauce, mango chutney, cumin powder, garam masala, chilli powder, beetroot powder sea salt & water. Mix well, let stand for 5 minutes and mix well again.

  2. Cover the onions and set aside in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Mix once more before serving with freshly fried poppadoms.

Recipe Notes

If you find raw onions a little too harsh, you can soak the chopped onions in cold water for 10-15 mins and rinse / drain before combining with the other ingredients.  This method can be used for onions intended for use raw in any type of salad and helps to mellow the sharp flavour.

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