Onion Chilli Relish

This onion chilli relish is super spicy. It is the perfect condiment to keep in your fridge to add zing to any dish. In Onwards, Karen calls this walnut chilli ‘crisp’ but I have renamed it as the walnuts to me are a side note.

Onion Chilli Relish
Onion Chilli Relish
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I sometimes wonder how people get the jobs they do. I have a supplier who uses an online portal for orders. Payment is handled via the site and is made by credit card. A year ago I placed my order, made payment and went to collect the goods. And when the invoice was processed on their side, one item was not in stock. A credit was passed and I requested that they refund me via an electronic bank transfer. In order for them to do this, I had to produce a confirmation of my bank account. I requested the stamped letter and sent it to them. By the time I had placed my next order, the money had not been refunded. The accounts department suggested that they give me a voucher for the amount and that I apply it against my order. This was the perfect solution.

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But a few weeks later they deposited the amount into my bank. So basically I owed them the money. And then a month later they refunded me again. It was at this time that a new lady was employed as a debtors clerk. Each month since then I have asked for a statement, and been ignored. Last month when I placed an order and paid, two items were not available. So again, my account was in credit. I asked the debtors clerk for an updated statement and received one without my payment being reflected. After numerous emails back and for I eventually got a statement I could work from and sent a reconciliation email. Hopefully it won’t take her as long to sort my account out so I can start the new year with a NIL balance.

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Onion Chilli Relish

This spicy relish will last in your fridge for weeks
Recipe Category: Condiments
Makes enough for: 150 grams
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Onwards, page 129


  • 250 mls canola oil
  • 2 onions, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated, peeled and sliced
  • 1 quill cinnamon
  • ½ star anise
  • 2.5 cm fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 30 mls soy sauce
  • 22.5 mls chilli flakes
  • 15 mls erythritol
  • 1.25 mls fine salt
  • 1 birds eye chilli, finely sliced
  • 15 g walnuts, toasted and broken up


  • Place the oil into a saucepan over a medium temperature and heat
  • Reduce the temperature, add the onions, garlic, cinnamon and star anise and simmer for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Place the soy sauce, chilli flakes, erythritol, ginger, salt and the birds eye chilli into a mixing bowl
  • Place a sieve over the bowl and strain the onion mixture through the sieve
  • Set the onion mixture aside, discard the cinnamon and star anise, and stir the warm oil into the soy sauce mixture
  • When the onion mixture is cool add it to the soy sauce mixture, together with the walnuts
  • Stir to combine then place into a sterilized glass jar and refrigerate
  • To use, stir to combine, then add to the dish of your choice


See this post on how I sterilize my glass jars.

Today we are heading over the mountain for a three night break to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I will have no access to the internet while we are away.

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16 thoughts on “Onion Chilli Relish

  1. Hi Tandy, I don’t always reply as ‘im indoors’ now does the cooking (I did for 47 years…He said, way back in 2000: “Now we are retired in Spain, I’m getting my own back”…! ) When he recovered…he was true to his words and I haven’t cooked since (hardly believable as we have three, ever hungry sons and both ran a small hotel in the UK. (All like a dream now…) I appreciate all your comments and news and wish you and your husband ‘Happy holidays’ and a healthy New Year. Love, Peace and Hope. Joy Lennick xx

  2. Happy anniversary! I hope you two are having a splendid time.
    It’s so hard to get any resolution to any money issue — and that one sounds endless, not to mention endlessly frustrating. I’ve been going round and round with my mortgage company + the insurance company about the required homeowners insurance. I was explaining just now, but it was so long that I deleted it. Anyhow it’s a nightmare, so I can relate to your billing issue. I hope your little getaway helps you relax. Hugs.

  3. i love all the flavours here Tandy. I made caramelised onion jam last week with a similar flavour profile. So delicious on sandwiches etc. Merry Christmas/festive season to you and yours. cheers Sherry

  4. The onion chili relish looks interesting. The experience with the purchase and credit sounds frustrating. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and hope you enjoyed your anniversary get a way!

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