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April 15, 2015

Caramelized Onion Biscuits with Indian flavors

BM# 51 -- Baking Marathon: Day 13
Bake of the Day: Caramelized Onion Biscuits
After all the sweet bakes, here's a savory bake for a change. These caramelized onion biscuits recipe is from King Arthur flour catalog. I'm totally obsessed with King Arthur recipes, they have never failed me till now.
Caramelized Onion Biscuits with Indian flavors
This biscuit recipe uses unfed sourdough starter and is a good use for the reject starter. The original KAF recipe is flavored with chives and I followed the recipe to the 'T' the first time I made it. Then I thought these biscuits would taste just like Indian pakoda if flavored with Indian flavors.

Caramelized Onion Biscuits with Indian flavors
So that's what I did, I added finely chopped green chilies, curry leaves and cilantro the second time I made them. I personally feel caramelized onions will make just about everything taste amazing. These Indian flavored biscuits turned out delicious. They can be served for breakfast or even for snack. Leftovers can be stored in airtight container and reheated before eating.
Caramelized Onion Biscuits with Indian flavors

Caramelized Onion Biscuits with Indian flavors
Recipe from King Arthur Flour:
All purpose flour - ¾cup
Whole wheat flour - ¼cup
Sourdough Starter - 1cup, unfed**
Baking powder - 2tsp
Salt - ¾tsp
Unsalted Butter - ½cup
Onion - 1 medium, thinly sliced
Green Chilies - 1~2, finely chopped
Curry Leaves - 6~8, finely chopped
Cilantro - 3tbsp, chopped

** No Sourdough -- then add another ¾cup of flour with ¼cup of cold milk or buttermilk or water and ½tsp more baking powder.

  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan on medium-low flame, add the onions and cook for about 20~30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. They should be nicely caramelized by this time. Transfer the onions to a bowl, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Work the butter into the flour until the mixture is unevenly crumbly. 
  • Toss in the green chilies, curry leaves, cilantro and caramelized onions. Cut in the starter until the dough becomes cohesive.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself 5~ times until it comes together.
  • Pat it into a 1" thick disk -- use a sharp biscuit cutter to cut rounds. Pat the scraps together and cut into additional biscuits.
  • Bake the biscuits for 15~18 minutes, until they're just turning golden. Remove from the oven and serve warm.


  1. OMG pavani, those biscuits are looking so sinful! got me drooling all over!

  2. Indian flavours complement these biscuits so much :))

  3. that looks stunning.. super tempting.. am bookmarking it..

  4. Bookmarked the recipe! Beautiful clicks and can not decide which one is my favorite. Can I use yeast instead of sourdough and how to use? OR, will wait until I get Pavani jr. next time we meet.. :)

    1. Usha, biscuit recipes typically do not need yeast. You can add an additional 3/4th cup flour and 1/4 cup water to the dough and increase the baking powder by 1/4-1/2 tsp. this is my guess -- will have to try it out to make sure it works. Also you can wait for Pavani jr to make the recipe as is :-)

  5. Super cool biscuits Pavani. I love the second pic, where you can see the dough rise from the sides!

  6. Those sound like some yummy savory biscuits and they are beautifully captured. I agree most of the KAF recipes are bang on though one of the few baking disasters I had was from that site. :)

  7. I like the idea of Indian spices in biscuits. And I agree with you caramelizes onions make everything taste so much better.

  8. Fantastic oh how I love these! They are so so inviting, feel like having one:))

  9. that basket full of biscuits are super tempting

  10. wow.. lovely texture. Anything with onion I am ready

  11. Those caramelized onions makes this biscuits too delicious, i want to make some soon.

  12. Wow! The biscuits look very inviting Pavani. I wish I could make it without sour dough starter. Will follow your tip in the comments section.Else I will have to fly over to get Pavani jr. :)

  13. Fantastic clicks Pavani...the biscuits look absolutely delicious and tempting...

  14. Flavorful and excellent biscuits I am bookmarking this recipe.

  15. Wow! what a flavorful basket of biscuits. I am yet to work with sourdough but surely I will get there!!

  16. I am nowadays trying to make all these international dishes with Indian flavours. This looks like a perfect fusion recipe.

  17. Looks fantastic pavani! love the texture of these cuties!!!

  18. What a lovely texture of the biscuits! I am just drooling over the spices that went into it:)


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