To make the onion powder all we need is
1. A handful of small/sambar/pearl onions.
2. A tumbler of Sambardhal/toor dhal.
(Always see that the quantity of dhal is more than the onions, to have a desirable texture of the powder.)
3. Red Chillies as per your taste.
4. Asafoetida a pinch.
Salt as per your taste.
A spoon of oil to fry .
Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the asafoetida, dhal, red chillies till they are red.
Fry the onions a little.(Take care to see that the onions don't get fried up a lot. If the onions get fried up a lot , you will end up with onion chutney and not podi.)
First powder the fried dhal. asafoetida, chillies, salt to a fine powder. Then add the fried onions to this powder and let the mixie run roughly for about 45 seconds only .(Again take care to see that you don't grind the onions and the mixture to a paste.)
Stir it with a spoon and store it in glass jars. You can keep it referigerated.
Add this powder to hot rice. Add a little gingelly oil ,mix it and eat.
You are sure to like its taste. Yummy!!
Let me know if you like this recipe.