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Sweet and sour onions

30 mins

Serves 4



I'm not sure where exactly this recipe comes from, and I've found versions of it throughout Middle Eastern cooking. This beautifully simple dish is great on its own as a salad or used as a condiment in a picnic or family dinner.

Sweet and sour onions


  • 500g (1lb) pearl onions, peeled

  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil

  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp sugar

  • 2 Tbsp sultanas

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tsp dried mint (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a medium-low pan and add the onions. Saute gently for five minutes or until starting to brown all over

  • Add the rest of the ingredients and a little water

  • Cook gently until soft

  • Serve