Beer battered onion rings are the easiest snack ever, and of course they are delicious! This perfect game day snack is light, crunchy and so more-ish that you really cant stop soon. Best served with a glass of chilled beer and some chicken/meat sliders. Bonus : Takes a mere 10 mins to whip these up and your guests will love you for serving these.
India won the match!! Yay. Completely not related to food, I know..but I simply had to share my joy with you good folks. If you know or follow cricket and know us Indians even a little, you will agree that cricket is not a sport. Cricket is a religion here. And when it comes to a match between India and Pakistan, the entire nation comes to a standstill.
At least 4 days before the match people start making plans of getting together in a friends house (preferably in the house of a friend having a 48 inch plasma TV). office goers start thinking of excuses to not go to work that day (it often ranges from a feeble I sprained my feet to the drastic death of a loved one in the case of a few ardent fans). The shops and malls become lonely palladium of wealth and the roads wear a deserted look. And yes, the food and drinks are discussed in great length and decided way in advance. On the day of the match, an unmatched sense of excitement permeates the room and you can literally feel the thrill of the upcoming match on everyone’s face. Irrespective of the fate of the match, people crave food. We reach for some baked chicken when India is scoring well. And we reach for some bruschetta when situation goes bad. Fact remains, we reach for food, no matter what the situation.
This year, we and some friends from the neighborhood got together for the match. THE MATCH; ie., India Vs Pakistan. Since me and DaddyLongLegs P were hosting the get together, the onus of bringing good +game worthy food to the table was on us. After thinking for a couple of days, we knew we wanted stuff we could pick up and eat with our fingers. Exciting, gripping matches are the worst time to bring out food that needs handling a knife and fork, especially when tempers run high and tend to flare up even at the sudden sneeze of one person (supposed bad luck, and everyone becomes superstitious during a IndvsPak match).
We thought for some time and then decided on a menu that would be:
easy for me to make and serve
majorly make ahead
little cleaning up
and somewhat DIY (guests can put their own together).
Lets just say, not one person complained about the food. Even when we were despairing and the match looked hopeless, people were reaching for bite upon bite of my delicious menu. We had Burgers of course..These Malai chicken tikka ones to be specific, some baked KFC style chicken, a simple gouda cherry tomato bruschetta And when Virat Kohli started hitting fours and showed the world the true substance that he’s made of, we cheered loud and long and clinked our beer mugs together. The match ended beautifully for us..we won of course!! All thanks to that amazing sports man called Virat Kohli. And when he bowed to the stadium and dedicated the man of the match cup to his idol Sachin Tendulkar, we bowed down to him.
And just as we were hugging each other and jumping with joy at our unforeseen, shocking, extremely thrilling win, we teared up just a bit, we choked a little and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. As far as most Indians were concerned, we had already won the World Cup, but I know its a long way yet. My sentiments couldn’t have been better expressed than the succinct yet beautiful words of Rahul Dravid –
“When you respect the game, the opposition and your Idol, you stand Tall! Well done Virat Kohli for a great innings!”.
These Onion rings were just the kind of food everyone kept going for. I think I had to fry three more batches by the end of it (well, my friend helped me too). But the onion rings are incredibly easy though and so quick to whip up. These beer battered onion rings are almost as light as a tempura batter, and I am so going to try new spins on a beer batter from now on. But these Budweiser beer battered onion rings were exactly what we wanted then.
I used Budweiser beer and got the recipe from the Budweiser site. I did make some changes to it but mostly i followed their wonderful recipe and we totally loved it! These onion rings are light and surprisingly not oily (trust me, please), really crunchy and wonderfully flavored. Bonus: You can drink all the remaining beer that you want.
Have a great week everyone.
- 2 large red/ yellow onion, cut into .5 inch rings
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ can Budweiser , measured after removing the froth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Seasonings: Salt, pepper, smoked paprika, mixed herbs, onion powder, garlic salt - all as per taste.
- Cut the onions into round thin slices.
- Put some (1/4 cup) flour on a plate and dredge the onion slices in it.
- Take the remaining ¾ cup flour and add the seasonings to it. Mix it up.
- Add the beer to the flour and whisk till smooth.
- The batter should be thin yet coating the back of a spoon easily. Add more beer, one tbsp at a time if needed.
- Leave aside for ten minutes.
- Heat oil in a cauldron.
- Once the oil is hot, but not smoking (look for little bubbles on the surface of the oil), shake excess flour off the onion, dip into the batter and fry on medium heat till golden!
- Drain on tissue.
- Serve immediately with your choice of condiments and snacks. I am serving these with malai chicken tikka burger with home made pickles and salsa.