(Oignon, পেঁয়াজ, Cipolla or ओनियन)
One of the world’s most cultivated spices, onion can be baked, boiled, braised, grilled, fried, roasted, sautéed or eaten raw in salads. Fresh onions have a sharp bite, but when cooked they develop a rich sweetness and lose the heat and pungent flavor. Besides using it as fresh or cooked, onions can also be used as dry and added straight to liquid, cooked foods and salad dressings to give a spicy touch to the dish. In many Asian cuisines, especially in the Indian cuisines, onion is the base for cooking meat and fish curries, and also be used as a thickening agent for gravies. Many cuisines use onion as foundation for soups, salads, and stews, in fact it is one of the most versatile spice that can be used in almost everything except sweets.
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