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Kumbakonam Kadappa / Kadapa
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Kumbakonam Kadappa / Kadapa

Onions and Potatoes cooked with fennel and garlic flavored coconut gravy is a perfect accompaniment for hot Idli. This is one of the popular dish in Kumbakonam and usually served as an accompaniment to idli.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Kuzhambu
Cuisine: Tamilnadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • ¼ cup Moong Dal
  • 2 Potato
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves

For Grinding

  • ¼ cup Grated Coconut
  • 2 Garlic
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds

For Tempering

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 inch Cinnamon (Pattai)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 tsp Oil


Pressure cook the Dal & Potatoes

  • Wash the moong dal, add water and pinch of turmeric. Also add the Potatoes in the pressure . Pressure cook the potatoes along with the dal and allow for 3-4 whistles. Mash the the cooked dal and the potatoes and keep it ready

Start with the Tempering

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

Fry the Onions

  • When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add green chilies, 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

Add the Masalas

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

Add Potato & Dal

  • 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

Add the ground paste

  • 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

Serving Time

  • The yummy Kumbakonam Kadappa is ready to serve with Idli / Dosa



  1. We can substitute poppy seeds with Cashews


Serving: 0.25Cup | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Sugar: 3g