Introduction: How to Make Sun-dried Spicy Onion Balls

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We use lot of onions or shallots (we call them as Sambar onions) in our cooking but due to their short shelf life could not buy more than necessary for a week.

In this instructable I have explained how you can make spiced onion balls and sun-dry them for long time storage.

Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 250 grams of Onions. Here I have used shallots
  • 3/4th cup of husked Black Gram Lentils
  • 15 pieces of Garlic cloves
  • 12 to 15 pieces of dried Red Chillies
  • A bunch of Curry Leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of Mustard seeds
  • 3 teaspoons of Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Asafoetida powder
  • One tablespoon of cooking oil

Step 2: Soak and Grind Black Gram Lentils

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  • Soak the Black Gram lentils in water for about 30 minutes
  • After soaking, drain out the water and make a rough paste using a mixer-grinder. Do not add any water while grinding
  • Transfer the paste to a large bowl and keep aside

Step 3: Prepare Other Ingredients

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  • Remove dry skin from shallots. If you are using onions, then you can chop them into large pieces
  • Shuck Garlic and remove stems from the bunch of curry leaves

Step 4: Rough-grind Other Ingredients

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  • Add dried Red Chillies, Fenugreek seeds, Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds, Asafoetida powder, curry leaves and Garlic cloves to the mixer-grinder and make a rough paste

Step 5: Make Onion Paste

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  • Add shallots or onions to the rough paste in the mixer jar and once again roughly grind so that the shallots are finely chopped
  • Transfer the mix from grinder to the bowl where we have kept the grind black gram lentils

Step 6: Make Onion Balls

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  • Add cooking oil to the bowl and mix all ingredients together to form a uniform paste
  • Take lemon sized mix in your hand, shape into a ball and keep in a metal plate

Step 7: Sun-dry the Onion Balls

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  • Keep the onion balls in the sun. In about 4 to 5 days, the onion balls will be fully dried.
  • You can store the onion balls in an air-tight container for a very long time. Add few grains of sea salt to the container to keep the balls fresh
  • Whenever you want to season a dish, just break a ball, fry it in oil and add to the dish.

Seasoning with dried onion balls tastes as good as freshly prepared ingredients and also saves lot of time while cooking

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