Laccha pyaz step-by-step recipe with photos.
About this recipe
Laccha pyaz is an Indian-style onion salad made using red onions, herbs, and a few spices. Lacha pyaz is served as an accompaniment to North Indian meals and is very flavorful and easy to make. It is also popularly called masala pyaz in dhabas or streetside eateries. They are also served with kebabs in Indian restaurants.
Crunchy onion rings tossed with spices and lemon juice is perfect to add extra punch to your food. This simple onion salad uses some basic ingredients and is ready in 5 minutes. This masala onion salad is gluten-free, vegan, and has no oil.
Not only is it great as an accompaniment, but I also like to add it to wraps, rolls, and burgers instead of plain onions. Read on for ingredients, steps, and useful tips to make this easy no-cook onion laccha salad.
Onion: Use red onions to make masala lachha pyaz.
Spices: I use chaat masala, Kashmiri chili powder, and Indian black salt (kala namak).
Herbs and other ingredients: Cilantro, mint leaves, lemon/lime juice, and green chilies.
Peel the onion and slice them into roundels (about ¼ inch thick). Separate the roundels and place them in a bowl.
Add water and ice cubes. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Drain all the water from it. Add the powdered spices - chili powder, chaat masala, black salt, and salt. Next, add green chili, lemon juice, mint leaves, and cilantro.
Mix them and serve.
Soaking the onions in ice-cold water not only helps reduce their pungency but also helps make the salad crunchy. Do not skip it.
Do not cut the onion into very thin slices as they will turn watery and the salad will not have the crunch.
It is best to serve this salad fresh as the onions will lose their crunch if stored for a long time. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and use them within the same day.
This onion salad is perfect with most North Indian meals. Serve it alongside curries and naan or pair it with pulao, biryani, and raita for a wholesome meal. Not just with main meals, it can be served with appetizers and added to wraps and burgers.
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Red onions work best for this salad.
Serve it alongside North Indian meals as an accompaniment. See the above section for more serving suggestions.
This masala lacha pyaz is:
- very easy to make,
- no-cook and no-oil salad,
- great with North Indian meals and also wraps or burgers.
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Lachha Pyaz / Indian Onion Salad
- 1 large red onion
- ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
- ½ teaspoon chaat masala
- ¼ teaspoon black salt optional
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 green chili finely chopped
- ½ lemon
- 1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon mint leaves
- A few ice cubes
- Cold water
- Peel the onion and slice them into roundels (about ¼ inch thick). Separate the rings and place them in a bowl.
- Add water and ice cubes. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Drain all the water from the onions by placing them in a sieve. Transfer to a bowl.
- Add the spices (chili powder, chaat masala, and black salt), green chili, lemon juice, cilantro, mint leaves, and salt.
- Mix well and serve.