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Apr 22, 2014 08:44 AM

What Is the Most Onion-Heavy Cuisine?

It recently dawned on me that onions must be one of the very most widely used and beloved of all vegetables. (Yes, I took a Ph.D. from Dartmouth in Obvious Studies.) It seems that almost every major cuisine on the planet makes liberal use of them. And then I asked myself, "Khan, which cuisine uses onions the most?" I had not a definitive answer. So now I ask the question of you all and will wait with bated, onion-scented breath for your answers.

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  1. Indian I think I remember reading something on the BBC about it.

    edit: this is the link

    It doesnt say that its the most onion heavy cuisine but if they have onion mania one can assume..

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    1. re: kpaxonite

      Depends on where. Onions certainly feature heavy in MANY indian cuisines but in some varieties of hindu practice, particularly branches of Vaishnavism they are considered to be avoided as they "inflame passions". The Hare Krsna avoid them all together.

      1. re: kpaxonite

        Middle Eastern and Asian Sub Continent food in general

        According to Onions USA:

        >What country boasts the highest per capita consumption of onions?

        Libya, with 66.8 pounds of onions consumed per person each year.

        1. re: falerin

          And from the same site, it appears we don't even come close to Libya: we consume only 20 lbs. per person per year, as of 2009.

        2. re: kpaxonite

          Not coincidentally, I was preparing paneer Tamil Nadu (it features lots of onions) when this topic occurred to me.

          1. From what I have seen of Shrek it seems like the Ogre's diet is very heavy in onions.

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            1. I don't know which cuisine uses onions the most, but I'm quite sure the family that consumes the most onions is that of Stanley Yelnats IV.

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              1. re: John E.

                Spiced Peaches will cut the smell. That and not digging large quantities of subterranean excavations for insane jailors.

              2. Indian, for sure. I make some things that easily use 2,3 or even 4 large onions.