Caramelized Onion Filled Indian Fry Bread Recipe

Indian fry bread can be eaten as a snack or a meal. There are many ways to make Indian fry bread and given below is a caramelized onion filled Indian fry bread recipe that can be prepared in advance and then heated in a slow oven just before serving. These delicious fry bread recipe make a perfect and easy snack that you can prepare on rainy days and in the cold winter months.


  •  2 cups refined flour
  •  ¼ cup clarified butter (ghee)
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  •  2 cups finely chopped onions
  •  1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  •  2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  •  2 bay leaves
  •  1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped green chilies
  •  2 teaspoons gram flour
  •  2 teaspoons coriander powder
  •  2 teaspoons red chili powder (adjust according to taste)
  •  1 teaspoon garam masala (Indian all spice powder)
  •  3 teaspoons chopped coriander leaves
  •  2 tablespoons oil
  •  Salt to taste
  •  Oil for frying


  1.  To prepare the dough, combine flour, ghee (clarified butter) and salt in a deep bowl.
  2.  Knead to a soft dough using some water.
  3.  Divide the dough in 12 equal parts and cover with a damp cloth, then set aside.
  4.  In a frying pan, heat 2 teaspoons of oil and add the nigella seeds, fennel seeds, bay leaves and green chilies.
  5.  Add the chopped onion and fry on medium heat until the onions turn transparent and light brown in color (like they have been caramelized).
  6.  Add the gram flour, coriander powder, garam masala and red chili powder, and fry for 2-3 minutes until the spices coat the onions well.
  7.  Take off the heat and add the salt and fresh coriander leaves.
  8.  Remove the bay leaves from the mix and let it cool completely.
  9.  Divide the mix in 12 equal parts.
  10.  Roll out one portion of the dough to a 2-inch diameter circle.
  11.  Place one portion of the onion filling in the center of the rolled out dough.
  12.  Cover the filling by folding the dough around it to make a ball.
  13.  Lightly roll out the dough to about a 3-inch diameter bread. – Take care so that the filling does not spill out. Also take care to ensure that the dough has an even thickness, otherwise it will not cook properly.
  14.  Do this with the remaining 11 dough portions.
  15.  Heat the oil for frying in a frying pan and fry the filled dough on a low heat until golden brown in color.
  16.  This will take some time to cook as the dough needs to be cooked from the inside.
  17.  Serve hot with tamarind and tomato chutney.
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