The spike in India's onion prices over the past year is proving to be highly burdensome for many of the country's 1.2 billion people, leading some to alter their traditional eating habits.
The price of onions – a staple of Indian cooking – has risen around 320 percent over the past 12 months, driven by a combination of factors including a supply shortage after excessive rains hit crop output as well as poor infrastructure for the storage and distribution of produce.
Mumbai-based Shivani Verma, who works as a chartered account, says the surge in prices has forced her to purchase smaller quantities of onions, and substitute the vegetable with other ingredients including tomato, garlic or ginger in daily cooking.
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"Previously, we used to buy 4 to 5 kilos of onions to last for a month. Now, we're buying half a kilo at a time to last for a week or two. Our consumption has reduced," said Verma, noting that onions currently cost around 75 rupees ($1.22) per kilogram in the city.