Friday, February 9, 2018

Cry Me A River

Hanging Onions watercolor India sketchbook by Meera Rao 

Member of the Allium family (Lily Family),  onions claim nutritional as well as medicinal benefits and play a prominent role in Indian cooking.  There is always a bunch, two or more hanging off the window in my brother and sister-in-law's kitchen :)  This is probably the biggest bunch I saw during one of my trips and I had to sketch it.  

By the way, the compound allyl sulphate which is produced when an onion's ruptured cells are exposed to air is responsible for producing tears. To reduce the production of this compound, chill the onions for half an hour or so before cutting to reduce the activity of the enzyme. My Mom was the only person I know who never teared when she chopped onions!


Sadami said...

Thank you very much, Meera! What a lovely painting and a nice post that makes me wise. Enjoy watercolour painting and cocking!! Best wishes, Sadami

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Sadami for stopping by! I always appreciate your comments :)

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