O Is for Onion Rings

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Here’s a trick to achieving onion ring perfection. The key is not beer batter (although I’ll admit that’s pretty tasty) — instead, it’s a batter made with some help from an ingredient you might not expect.

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Chickpea Flour = Onion Ring Success

Inspired by a classic Indian snack called pakora, which is made by mixing chickpea flour with water and spices to create a batter for a variety of veggies, the very best onion rings are produced using this same technique.

How to Do It

Simply combine chickpea flour with some water and a little baking powder to help the batter puff when fried. Once you have the consistency of pancake batter, it’s good to go. Season it with a bit of salt, pepper, and any other spice you like (cayenne or smoked paprika will give your onion rings a nice kick) and then dip the rings in the batter to coat completely and fry away.

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