Crispy, burger-worthy onion rings
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 10 mins | Serves: 4
Oil, to deep fry
2 onions, cut into thick rings
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Jimmy Public Nigella seeds (optional, but so delicious)
¾ cup sparkling water
1. Toss the onion rings together in a large bowl. Side note on onions: yellow onions, are the best all round onion and most readily available, but if you can get sweet onions, those will be fantastic too.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour with the baking powder, salt and those little Nigella seeds. Nigella seeds are also known as black onion seeds and taste a bit like a combination of origanum and mustard and are a flavourful addition to root veggie dishes.
4. Now you need to add enough sparkling water to make a pouring batter.
5. Heat the oil in a saucepan to about 180ºC – you can test this using a cooking thermometer. If you don’t have one, here’s a way to test it. Grab a teaspoon and dip it into the batter. Move it over to the oil pot and drip a small amount of the batter into the oil. If it starts to bubble and cook the oil is ready. If you don’t hear the oil sizzling right away, wait a few more minutes.
6. Dip the onion rings into the batter. Make sure you get a decent coating on them. Now carefully lower them into the hot oil. Fry for a few minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
7. Remove with a draining spoon and place on a piece of paper towel to absorb some excess oil. Repeat with the remaining onions until the batch is ready for those eager folks outside.
You can serve these immediately as a starter with a dip or as a side dish to your main meal. We suggest burgers. A tall glass of craft would most certainly not go amiss here.