Glazed shallots – a perfect accompaniment

Shallots or Madras onions contain a distinct flavor in comparison with the regular Indian onions. In south India these shallots are grown in large fields and are used regularly in the daily meals, especially in the Sambhar.

I like eating them just like that with a little salt and lime as an accompaniment with Dal and Rice. But there is another interesting version I found recently and really fell in love with this simple recipe. Glazed Shallots can be served in lunch or dinner along with salad or you can have it with any spicy non vegetarian dish as an accompaniment.

Here is the recipe!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset


  • Shallots or Madras onions 8-10
  • Brown sugar or regular sugar 1 table spoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper 1 table spoon
  • Fresh lime juice 1 table spoon
  • Oil and butter 1 table spoon each
  • Water 1 cup


In a thick bottom skillet heat butter and oil.

Once the oil and butter is heated, add peeled shallots.

Stir them till their skin become a little brown.

Now sprinkle the brown sugar and stir again.

Now add water enough to cover the shallots.

Cover the skillet with a lid for atleast 20 mins. In between keep checking the shallots. Don’t let them overcook.

After 20 mins you will see sugar has caramelized and it has engulfed the shallots with a gorgeous glaze. Switch off the gas.

Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper and a dash of lime juice.


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