Kumbakonam Kadappa

Kadappa  is a famous side dish which goes very well with idly,dosa,idiyappam and is popular in temple town Kumbakonam and nearby areas.We make this for breakfast in special occasions and get togethers.Today is the 6th day of Blogging Marathon and here follows the tasty and simple Kadappa recipe....


Moon dhal 1/2cup
Potato2 (medium size)
Onion(thinly sliced)1no.
Green chilly5-6nos.
Garlic(thinly sliced)3 pods
Fennel seeds1/4tsp
Cloves 2nos.
Cinnamon1(small piece)
Curry leaves1 sprig
Coriander leavesto garnish
Saltto taste
Lemon juice2tsp

To grind
Coconut(grated) 5tbs
Fennel seeds1tsp


              Pressure cook the moong dhal ,potato and cube the potato.Grind the coconut with fennel and garlic to a fine paste and keep aside.

Heat a pan with oil and season it with fennel,cloves and cinnamon.Saute the green chillies,garlic and curry leaves then onion.Once the onion becomes transparent add the tomato and cook till gets soft.

Now add the cooked dhal ,potato,salt,add a cup of water and bring it to a boil.Add in the ground coconut paste and cook it till the raw smell goes away.Finally add the lemon juice.Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Enjoy it with idly or idiyappam.

  • Adding tomato is optional,original recipe doesn't have,only lemon juice for sourness.
  • The original color will be pale yellow but I added a pinch of turmeric powder in the dhal.
  • It becomes thick once its cool down so adjust the water to the desired consistency.

Check my friend's recipe here.


nice recipe...why dnt u send it to the event
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lovely recipe...never tasted this before but looks yum...going to try this 2marow for breakfast n let u know :)

New recipe for me .........Looks very yummy ......Bookmarked.

looks so good..I have seen this recipe quite a few times and I think it is time I made it :)

new to me dear, looks so delicious, great recipe..

I feel like I have heard about this..but somehow never thought it would be a kurma like dish! Must taste divine with Idli!

I have been hearing about this dish, though yet to try it myself..sounds delicious

I can have two more idlis with this kadappa, love it that much..

Never tried it at home. Looks so tempting...

Hi Nalini, what list could you not see me in?

hi nalini
i tried this delicious curry and loved it a lot...i followed exactly your recipe except yellow moong i used whole moong...taste was excellent and for the first time i tasted...served it with idly so perfect and yummy...thanx for sharing !!!

Very informative, thanks for posting such informative content. Expecting more from you.
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