5 Kerala-style curries without onions


Soaring onion prices have made a lot of us reduce the consumption of this vegetable. It is not an easy choice to make as onions are used extensively in Indian cuisine, especially our curries. Thankfully, some of Kerala's common curries like rasam do not require onion in their preparation. In fact, Kerala cuisine is far less dependent on onions than the northern kitchens.

Here is a list of 5 Kerala curries that you can make without onions, without compromising on the taste.


Very similar to pulissery, Kalan is slightly thicker and stays fresh for a couple of days without refrigeration. It also has the goodness of bananas and mangoes.

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The base of this curry is tamarind juice and tomatoes, which leave no requirement of onions. It is commonly prepared across south Indian states, taking different form in different regions. But none of these variants use onions.

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Koottu curry

Koottu curry literally means side dish and can be had for both breakfast and lunch. It uses plantain and yam as main ingredients. Try this simple recipe without onions.

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Inji curry

This special recipe is not a common one but has a twist of coconut to a simple ginger curry. It also uses buttermilk, making it perfect for a hot afternoon meal. You can make this for lunch without worrying about using onions.

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Chicken curry without onions

Yes, it is possible to cook chicken curry without onions! With a base of yogurt and tomatoes, this curry takes very little time to prapare.

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