Challas or Saralas or instant pickled onion is Kerala's own onion salad, which is a must with Kerala fish fry, biriyani, chicken fry, or even plain roti.
My brother, Nibu loves challas so much that for him it is a staple thing along with roti or even with beef ularthiyathu and I guess that "gene" is passed on to my daughter, Nidhi.....she just cannot do without challas. Yesterday, when I made pomfret fry for her, I thought I will share this forgotten simple salad....I remember, as a child for every family gatherings there will be a big bowl of challas and we used to have it with beef cutlets.Overtime, this instant pickled onion slowly vanished from dinner tables, but my brother and daughter always insist on them with their favorite fries.
Author: Nisa Homey
Onion: One large, thinly sliced.
Green chilly: 1, thinly sliced (optional, I did not use here as the fish fry I served was spicy enough)
Vinegar (I used vinegar made from coconut water) : 1 tsp.
Water: About half to one cup.
Salt: A big fat pinch or as needed.
Place thinly sliced onions onto a plate, add water....simply squeeze out the water.
Add in the vinegar and salt....it is best to rub everything together with your hand.
Instant pickled onion salad is ready.