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Kumbakonam Kadappa Recipe
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kumbakonam kadappa

Kumbakonam kadappa is a popular south Indian side dish for idli, dosa mainly in Thanjavur, kumbakonam. Full video recipe with step by step pictures.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4



  • 1/4 cup Moong Dal/ Paasi paruppu
  • 2 Potato
  • 2 Onion
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • Salt - As needed
  • Lemon Juice From 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves For garnish

To Grind

  • 1/2 cup Coconut grated
  • 2 Green chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds/ Soambu Optional
  • 2 Garlic flakes

To temper

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Cinnamon piece
  • 1 Biryani leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves


  • First, pressure cook potato and moong dal.Peel the potatoes,mash it and mash the moong dal too.
  • Slice onion and green chillies.Grind coconut,fennel (If addinand garlic with water to a smooth paste.
  • Heat a pan with oil and temper with the items given under" ‘To temper’ table. Add onion,green chillies and fry until onion turns just transparent,do not let it change its colour.
  • Pour 2 cups water,salt and boil for 3 minutes. Add the mashed dal and potatoes.Mix well, bring to boil.
  • Keep in low flame as after adding dal and potato it easy gets burnt at the bottom,so keep stirring. add the Ground masala,mix well and cook until the gravy thickens.



  • Add garlic only maximum two flakes,otherwise it will give different flavour. If you use bigger flake,just use one.
  • I have skipped fennel seeds in the video and yet the flavour is awesome with cinnamon, garlic combo.
  • Instead of lemon juice,you can add 1 tomato in the recipe. Just fry after onion and proceed.
  • Instead of grinding garlic along with coconut you can crush it and fry along with onion too,just add 2 more garlic flake additionally.
  • Kadappa is usually white in colour in our mess,I too didn't add any turmeric in the recipe, add turmeric if you like it.