During the debate over corporate tax reduction bill in Rajya Sabha, the minister said that her remark was "in answer to a particular question".
Nirmala Sitharaman told India's lower house of parliament that the government was taking measures to address the skyrocketing cost of onions, which are now selling at more than 100 rupees ($1.40) per kilogram in many states.
After that brief disruption, Sitharaman said, "Since 2014, I have been part of some of the group of ministers, which monitored the ups and downs in onion markets". "I come from such a family which doesn't have much to do with onions". She went on to say that onion farmers are small-time farmers and asked whether they get the minimum support price when the onion prices go low.
Discussions around onions prices have now reached Lok Sabha with people questioning the establishment of the incessant price rise.
A video of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying she doesn't eat a lot of onions has gone viral on social media, being perceived as the minister's insensitivity towards the issue of soaring onion prices.
To check onion prices, she said the government has stopped onion exports, imposed a stock limit, and ensured even procurement and distribution of the onions across the country.
The Minister was replying to the debate on the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants. "So how will a person like me know about the situation [market prices] of onions", he told reporters. Just recently, a farmer in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur alleged that his onion crop worth Rs 30,000 was uprooted and stolen from his field by thieves. The centre has also announced that will import 11,000 Metric Tons (MT) of onion from Turkey in addition to 6,090 MT from Egypt.
Last month, the Union Cabinet had approved importing 1.2 lakh tonnes of onion to improve the domestic supply.
Onions are being sold for Rs 100 per kg in many parts of India, while the price for one kg of garlic had shot up to Rs 600.