2 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Paprika
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Oregano
2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 cup Milk
1-2 Large Onions
Vegetable Oil for frying
1. Mix dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix wet ingredients into a separate smaller mixing bowl.
3. Peel the outer layer of the onion off.
4. Use a knife to cut off one end of the onion to remove the root.
5. Turn the onion upside down the cut end facing the cutting board.
6. Using a knife cut from near the top down and through the onion. (Be careful to leave ½ space at least so the petals remain attached to the stem.)
7. Cut one side and then turn the onion and cut the opposite side. Continue cutting the onion in this manner until all of the attached onion petals are around one inch in thickness.
8. Turn the onion over with the stem now facing the cutting board and carefully pull the onion petals apart.
9. Place the entire onion in the dry ingredients mix and ensure there is a light coating over the entire onion and in between all of the individual petals.
10. Next, place the coated onion into the wet ingredients mix. Be sure to cover the entire onion and in between the petals in the wet mix.
11. Finally, place the onion back into the dry mix and ensure the entire onion is liberally covered with the dry mix. (Try to pull back the individual petals to ensure that the second coating of dry mix get between the petals. This will help the petals not stick together.)
12. Pour vegetable oil into a pot. The amount of oil will vary depending on how large your onion is. (You can use less oil if you are planning to flip the onion with tongs and a spoon while cooking.)
13. Turn the heat on to medium to high. Once the oil temperature reaches 375 degrees you are ready to cook. (Ensure to monitor the oil temperature so that the temperature does not rise into the 400-450 degree range this can cause the dry mix to burn rather than cook.)
14. Place the entire onion into the heated oil.
15. Oil cooking times can vary, watch the color of the onion petals as they cook rather than how long they cook in the oil. Once the batter on the onion petals becomes a golden brown color and the oil stops popping it is time to remove the onion from the oil and place it on a sheet pan on top of paper towels to dry.