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How to Make Perfect Birista | Crispy Fried Onions Recipe

Crispy fried onions are beautiful golden deep fried onions, we usually use for making biryanis. Not only biryanis, but these golden fried onions also goes in variety of dishes. i.e. Kormas, curries, kababs, pulaos and so on. These crispy fried onions are called as birista or beresta. Here is how to make perfect birista at home.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: How to make
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


For fried onions:

  • 2 kgs Onions thinly sliced
  • 4 cups Oil for frying


  • First, Peel and wash the onions well
  • Now, pat dry or wipe them and slice them thinly. Be sure to slice all the onions of same thickness. This will ensure uniform fried onion strings.
  • In a heavy bottom pan or kadhai, heat oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, drop the sliced onions and them until golden and crisp.
  • Lastly, spread them onto a clean kitchen towel and allow it to sit for 7-8 minutes.
  • Transfer them into a clean air tight container and store it in a freezer.
  • If you are making a batch of say 5 kgs of onions, then fry them in batches.
  • A step by step photo is posted below in the post.


  • The time mentioned above is based on 2 kgs of onions, and will vary depending on the quantity.
  • The remaining oil need not be discarded, but instead can be stored in air tight container in a refrigetor.  
  • You can very well use it in making your usual daily food.(vegetables, non-veg curries, gravies, etc). It will enhance the aroma and flavour of the dish.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg