Onions -2 large (700gms)
Garlic -3 full bulbs
Fenugreek seeds/Vendayam - 2tbsp
Curry leaves chopped -few
Castor oil or Sesame oil- 1/4 cup
Finely chop onion & crush the garlic.I used a food processor to chop both.
Soak urad dal in little water for 30 minutes & drain the water out.
Take a wide bowl or plate mix all the above ingredients except the oil.
Keep this mixture covered for 1 day at room temperature.
Next day dry this mixture in sun for 2 days,on the 3rd day add the oil mix it well.
Shape it into big lime size balls & dry it again in sunlight.
Dry these vadagam till its completely water free,crisp & dry,this takes around 4 to 5 days.
Store them in a container & use them for tempering while making sambar or kara kuzhambu.
a) Usually only small onions are used for making vadagam,but i have used big onions.
b) Drying is faster in loose form.
c) This is usually used in tempering when making sambar,thuvayal & kara kuzhambu.
d) Drying process can take up to 10 days or so.
e) I felt sesame oil gives nice flavour to the vadagam.
f) Some people grind the urad dal to a coarse paste & then added,this gives binding for the balls.
g) I used sesame oil in this recipe,My grandmother used Castor oil those days.
h) I got around 10 medium lime size balls for this above quantity.
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