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.
Vengaya Vendhaya Kuzhambu
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  2. Hello Kamala..I just stumbled upon your blog and I couldn’t help myself from commenting.You have a great blog with superb recipes!!Thanks a ton for sharing these.I am going to try many of them.Will be back with the feedback 🙂 Looking forward to more recipes from you.Thanks again and take care.

  3. Hi Shalini,

    Thank you for your comments. Your feedback is most welcome.

  4. Love the look of these onions, Kamala! Makes me nostalgic.

  5. Hi Ms/Mrs. Kamala,

    It would be unfair, If I don’t Aprreciate and thank u after enjoying your receipes.

    Sometimes when we hear old songs, it will gives us a feeling that we are in the past or just our mind will be lingering ( and enjying too ) our younger days. That sort of feeling I had when i read yours.
    It just reminded my childhood days, When I ate food from my mom’s hand. I can’t tell u more than that.

    Thank u


  6. Hi Lakshmi,

    Thank you for your comments. I felt that the very purpose of my blog is achieved by your comments.

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