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Shallots, also known as small onions, sambar onions or pearl onions are low in calories and free from sodium, fat and cholesterol. It also contains dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Regular consumption of onions help to lower high cholesterol levels and high Blood Pressure. It is also effective in curing common cold, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other diseases.
In South Indian villages, people eat raw sambar onion along with curd rice in the morning. Actually the left over rice is soaked in water over night and next day morning, curd or buttermilk along with little salt is added to the soaked rice. This is called “Pazhayathu” or “Pazhaya Sadam” means old rice. People also eat the soaked rice without adding anything along with raw onion and drink the water in which the rice is soaked. It will be filling and cool the body.
Use sambar onion in your dishes wherever possible, especially all types of sambars.
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