Jaipur paste


  • 1 red onion
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tbsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp chili Powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp whole black mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp water


  1. Remove the outer layer of skin from the onion and cut in half.
  2. Place the onion halves cut side down in a roasting tin smeared with a little oil.
  3. Roast the onions for 20 mins at 180C fan.
  4. Dry roast the whole spices and grind to a fine powder.
  5. Combine the ground spices in a bowl with the vinegar, salt and agave syrup.
  6. Cover and set aside.
  7. When the onions are finished roasting and are nicely caramelised, remove from the oven and allow to cool
  8. Squeeze the onion flesh from the skin and blend to a paste with a fresh chili pepper and a little water
  9. Add this to the spice and vinegar mixture
  10. Heat the oil a large heavy bottom pan over medium heat.
  11. Cook the paste, stirring frequently, until it becomes fragrant and turns dark, 8 to 10 minutes. Add a splash of water if it starts to burn or a little more oil if it starts to stick.

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