Sambar Onion Pickle – Indian Onion Pickle

March 6, 2018 Pickles  6 comments

I always fancy making pickles at home. My all time favourite is Mango Pickle. A couple of weeks back I happened to buy a whole bunch of sambar onions. Yes, this is the first time I am seeing them tied up like this. See the picture below. Was so excited and bought a whole bunch. So now u know the reason for this Sambar Onion Pickle. It is a totally lip-smacking pickle to go with curd rice. I am glad I made use of it fully in about 2 weeks time without wasting any. 🙂 Do check my other pickle recipes HERE.

Now to the recipe..


Sambar Onion Pickle My Magic Pan


[Preparation Time-15 mins : Cooking Time- 15 mins ]

Sambar Onion Pickle Ingredients:

  • Sambar Onion – 2 cups (chopped)
  • Gingely Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  • Salt – as needed
  • Chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted fenugreek powder – 1/2 tsp


Sambar Onion Pickle My Magic Pan



  • Peel and chop the sambar onions finely. Heat a pan with oil and temper with mustard seeds and asafoetida.


  • Add the chopped onions and saute. It should become transparent and shrink in volume.


  • Add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder & tamarind paste. Mix well so that all the raw smell goes off and the pickle gets a togetherness. Finally add roasted fenugreek powder and mix well. Switch off the flame.



Thats it! Lip-smacking Sambar Onion Pickle is ready!

Allow it to cool down completely and store it in a container.


Sambar Onion Pickle My Magic Pan



  1. U can add a tbsp of jaggery finally for a sweet and spicy pickle.
  2. I have used gingely oil as it gives a nice flavour. It also acts a preservative along with roasted fenugreek powder.
  3. For fenugreek powder – dry roast 1 or 2 tbsp of fenugreek in low flame until u get a nice aroma. Grind it and use a tsp for this Sambar Onion Pickle. U can use this for making any pickle.



– By Sundari Nathan

6 comments to Sambar Onion Pickle – Indian Onion Pickle

  • Veena Theagarajan  says:

    my fav.. can u pass me some This will go well with bread too

  • Priya @priyascurrynation  says:

    i never tried onion pickle yet.. this is a new recipe to me

  • Amina Khaleel  says:

    wow.. pickle looks amazing… bookmarked…

  • Ruxana  says:

    Lip smacking pickle…Good one!

  • Gladys  says:

    Hi… it looks yum.. wats tge ahelf life of this pickle wen kept outside or shud refrigerate? If yes, how many days again can we keep

    • Sundari Nathan  says:

      thank u 🙂 yes it should be refrigerated and will stay good upto 2 weeks.

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