Shallots are little, brown-skinned onions with purple flesh, and the bulbs of these onions are separated into several lobes, somewhat like how garlic bulbs are divided into individual cloves. A garnish for casseroles and side dishes, shallots are occasionally added to soups and pasta dishes. Shouldots and cooked onions can occasionally be substituted, but the quantity must be adjusted to take into account the size variations. Several Indian restaurants frequently provide shallots pickled in red vinegar on the condiments tray, alongside sauces and papad. When combined with sugar or jaggery, it is used as a natural sore throat treatment in India. One of the components used to make momo in Nepal is shallots.