Kadapa / Kadappa

Most of us conventionally make Sambar and chutney varieties for idli / dosa. Kadappa is a special stew made with moong dal, potatoes and whole spices. Kadappa otherwise called as Kumbakonam Kadappa is a very scrumptious side dish for Idli or Dosa. This is one of the popular dishes in Tanjore district. Every restaurant in kumbakonam and other areas of Tanjore district serves this yummy dish for the breakfast. Very simple to make and a best combination for Idli and Dosa.

Kadapa / Kadappa
Kadapa / Kadappa 

Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time 30 mins


Moong dal1/4 Cup*
Turmeric Powdera Pinch
Onion1 Big Size
Green Chilli2
Lemon Juice1 teaspoon
Coriander Leavesfew

For Grinding:
Grated Coconut1/4 Cup*
Garlic cloves2
Fennel Seeds1 teaspoon
Poppy Seeds2 teaspoon

For Seasoning:
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Cinnamon Stick1
Bay Leaf1
Cooking Oil2 teaspoon

* 1Cup - 250ml


  1. Wash the moong dal and add water and pinch of turmeric and pressure cook it. Also pressure cook the potatoes along with the dal and allow for 3-4 whistles. Mash the the cooked dal and also mash the potatoes and keep it ready

  2. Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 10 minutes. Finely slice the onions and chop the green chillies. Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf and cinnamon stick and also add mustard seeds

  3. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add green chillies, curry leaves and fry for 10 seconds. Then add the sliced onions along with a pinch of salt and saute them till the onions turn transparent

  4. Meanwhile, take the grated coconut, fennel seeds, soaked poppy seeds along with garlic cloves in  mixer and grind it to a nice paste

  5. When the onions are transparent, then add 2 cups of water and add necessary salt for the dish. Then add mashed dal with mashed potatoes and mix well and allow the mixture to boil for 5 minutes in medium flame

  6. Finally add the ground paste to the boiling kadapa mixture and again keep the flame in low for 5 more minutes and then remove from flame. Finally add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves and mix well

  7. The yummy Kumbakonam Kadappa is ready to serve with Idli / Dosa
  8. Kadapa / Kadappa
    Kadapa / Kadappa 

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looks yummy

great.... i like this food much... my paaati prepares this and even when i was only 10 years old i eat 8 idlies (big) then.. :)

I used to go to a hotel nearby Kumbeswarankoil for this only. I do not remember the name of the hotel now. Infact we used to order two idlies and drink Kadappa. It was all fun during that time.

Hotel archana

hotel near kumbeswaran kovil - in fact inside the "shopping area" mangalambika. very famous for kadappa..

My mom makes it and when I say to people kadappa, nobody knew it. I am very happy to see this recipe. I tried it and its awesome. Thanks for your time and love shared.

Tried your Kadappa recipe. It turned out so tasty. Love it. Thanks for sharing. My mom used to make this and I always wondered about its origin.



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