Vadavam or Vadagam or Thalippu Vadagam are balls made of onion and garlic and dals. These are used while seasoning.
Small Onions (Shallots) - 2 kgs
Garlic - 1/2 kg
Fenugreek seeds - 100gms
Urad dal - 1/4 kg
Crystal salt - 2 handful
Turmeric powder - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 100gms
Thuvar Dal - 1/2 cup
Bengal Dal - 1/2 cup
Curry Leaves - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 cup
Oil (either Castor Oil or Gingely Oil) - 1 cup
Finely chop the onions and garlic to fine pieces. Coarsely grind all the dals coarsely. Mix dals, chopped onions and garlic together and dry in sun for about 3 days. Grease your palm with oil and make lemon sized balls from the mixture and dry them again in the sun for about 2 weeks or till the balls become harder.
This can be stored for about an year. When it is need to be used, break small piece from it and add it to Vathal kuzhambus, keerai masiyals etc. This will give a definitely different taste from the normal ones.