6 Surprising Ways to Use Onions Other Than Cooking With Them!

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: December 13, 2017 19:59 IST

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6 Surprising Ways to Use Onions Other Than Cooking With Them!
Highlights
  • Onion juice is one of the best home remedies to fight hair fall
  • Onions can help clean rusted knives.
  • Onion peels add a wonderful flavour to your curries.
Onions are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. They are used in almost every Indian dish - be it in curries to add a depth and pungent kick or as a crunchy, fried topping for biryanis. They easily merge with different flavours and yet add their own distinctive taste that can set your dish apart. Not only are onions popular as a cooking ingredient but they are also known for their healing properties. They are a good source of biotin and also contain other essential micro-nutrients such as manganese, copper, vitamin C, potassium and folate. While you may have known all this, there's a lot more to explore with this extremely useful ingredient. Here are six surprising ways to use onions that no one probably told you. 

1. For hair growth

Onion juice is one of the best home remedies to fight hair fall and boost hair growth. Onions contain sulfur that boosts collagen production in the tissues and helps in the re-growth of hair. Hair fall is also often caused due to the absence of high sulfur proteins which leads to breakage and makes your hair strands fragile. 
 
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Onion juice is one of the best home remedies to fight hair fall2. Repel insects and soothe bites

This may sound a bit revolting as no one really likes the smell of onion, but rubbing a slice of it on your skin acts as a natural insect repellent. Not only this, onion juice can also help in soothing the pain caused by insect bites. Onions slices are often rubbed on bee stings to soothe the pain and prevent swelling. 

3. Clean rusty knives

Have lots of rusty knives lying around in the kitchen? Here's how you can clean them. Slice an onion and rub it all over the knife and on the rusted part. Rust is made up of hydrogen ions, and onions contain a chemical called sulphanilic acid that reacts with these hydrogen ions to break up rust and make your knives shine again. 
 
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Onions can help clean rusted knives. Photo Credit: Istock

4. Onion peels for additional flavour

Don't throw away the onion peels. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants such flavonoids, quercetin, and phenolic compounds. Steep the onion peels in water for five-seven minutes and then use this water in your soups and stews. This adds a wonderful flavour to your curries and gravy-dishes. 
 
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Onion peels add a wonderful flavour to your curries. Photo Credit: Istock

5. Clean metal surfaces and utensils

Mix onion juice and water in equal quantities. Dip a soft and clean cloth in this mixture and rub it gently over metallic surfaces. Wash the utensils with lukewarm water and you'll get the sparkling metal back. You can use the same process to clean your stove-tops and grills too. 

6. Remedy for a sore throat

Onions are a great natural remedy for a sore throat. To treat a dry or painful throat, sip some onion tea. You can make this by steeping some onion peels in water (1 cup of water will require peels form 1/2 an onion). Bring it to a boil, remove the onion peel and then drink up to get relief. Onion peels contain natural nutrients to fight cold, flu and cough. 

(Also read: 6 Best Remedies for Cough)
onion tea
Onions are a great natural remedy for a sore throat.

7. Soak up bad smells

While onions are known for their pungent aroma, they may also help in soaking up bad smells. It is suggested to place a cut onion next to your stove to soak up strong smells especially that of burnt food.
 
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Onions may also help in soaking up bad smells.

CommentsThis humble ingredient can solve so many of your problems, keep it handy. 
 

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