Magical Vadagam from Tamil Nadu

Magical vadagam from Tamil Nadu
Magical vadagam from Tamil Nadu

Vadagam Recipe from Tamil Nadu

Vadagam is the ingredient that brings a magical taste to our Tamil fish curry or Shrimp masala. My achi makes it in a bulk quantity for us. It holds a very different strong smell. Here is the recipe straight from my grandmum to you guys!
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Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: Vadagam
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 20 Balls
Author: Advika Menon


  • 1 kg Finely sliced Shallots/ Onions
  • 100 gm Peeled garlic
  • 1 cup curry leaves
  • 50 gm cummin seeds
  • 30 gm fenugreek seeds
  • 100 gm mustard seeds
  • 100 gm urad dhal
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp rock salt
  • 50 ml castor oil


  • Place all the ingredients except the castor oil in a cooking bowl. Mix it thoroughly. Press them hard with hand and cover it with a cotton cloth. Let it ferment for 3 days. Don't use wet hands.
  • On the 4th day, mix castor oil to it and make small balls out of it. Dry them under the hot sun and store them in a airtight container. It can be used for more than a year.


The above given amount is for a bulk preparation, you can reduce the quantity according to your requirements.

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