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Favoured Oils with Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric & Onion

by on September 27, 2016


Talk about two in one: spiced oil and crisp/ crunch ‘chips’. 

Flavoured oils can be made in a variety of way – infusing spices/ citrus in oils; cooking oils with other ingredients – fresh or dried, and a myriad of ways. This recipe combines fresh ingredients- ginger, garlic, turmeric and onions with salt and oil to create a condiment that is delicious with rice, on dips, over salads and more.


To make it, you ‘ll need red onions, some ginger, garlic, fresh turmeric and oil. I go for a 2 to 1 ratio, oil to additions. You can season with salt and chili powder or dried chilies


To do this, I chopped up some red onions, ginger, garlic, fresh turmeric – roughly a cup. Then I heated up twice the amount of vegetable oil in a deep pan. You could use coconut, rice-bran, peanut, sunflower and other oils. 

Once the oil was hot, I added the chopped onions and co, seasoned with a pinch of salt. You have to stir continuously so the bits don’t burn. If you cook on too high a heat,  you’ll end up with burned bits which you don’t need or want. This can take5 – 10 minutes till the additions are golden brown.


Remove from the heat and let cook. 

Once cool, put mixture into an air-tight container and store in a cool safe place.


Use as you will and enjoy the nutty, caramel, spiced flavour and texture. I like to use both oil and bits – drizzled over eggs and in rice/ noodles, crunchy bits to top. 


Beans, Plantain and Cilantro, topped with crunch bits and golden, spiced oil

How would you use it?