Monday, November 10, 2014

Kumbakonam Kadappa(Side dish for Idli/Dosa)

Kumbakonam Kadappa

 According to me food reflects our mental state and right now ,post diwali I am trying to cook more healthy and less oil food to even out the rich foods which we had during the week of diwali.So I ended up making this healthy and most authentic kumbakonam kadappa.this recipe is healthy as I used just less than a tbsp of oil for the entire dish.also there was no sacrifice on taste.The kadappa recipe that I am posting here is originally my moms and she makes awesome kumbakonam kadappa as a side dish for hot steaming idlis and crispy dosas.There are many versions of kadappa, but the all of them basically uses potato,moong dal and the coconut mixture made to a paste.

I actually had some potato curry leftover from the lunch and so I used it instead of boiled and mashed potatoes but you can use fresh boiled potatoes for the dish.In fact I was happy to make use of the remaining potato curry in to a delicious sidedish for idlis for dinner. So if any of you want to have a tasty side dish as well as on a healthier side then this is your dish .It goes well with Idli,Dosa or Appam.

Kumbakonam Kadappa

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Preparation time:25 mins


Moong dal/pasi paruppu -1 cup
Boiled potato-2 medium size
Chopped onion-1 big 
Chopped tomatoes-1 big
Garlic -5 pods
Salt-to taste
Oil-1 tbsp
Hing-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp

To dry roast and grind to a fine paste:
Fennel seeds-2 tsp
Jeera -1/2 tsp
Cinnamon-1 inch stick
Poppy seeds-1 tsp
Fried gram dal/pottu kadalai-1 tbsp
Grated Coconut-4 tbsp approximately 
Green chillies-2 no ( change according to your need)

To temper:
Bay leaves-2
Curry leaves-few
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Jeera-1 tsp


1. Pressure cook the moong dal with turmeric powder and tomato,onion and garlic .

2.Mash the boiled I used the leftover potato curry from lunch.

3.Dry roast jeera,cinnamon,cloves and fennel seeds and keep it on a plate.Then add the poppy seeds and roast till they splutter followed by slight roasting of fried gram dal.

4. Grind all the above ingredients in step 3 along with green chillies and coconut to a fine paste.

5.Add the mashed potatoes along with the cooked dal and onion tomato garlic mixture.add the salt and hing to this.

6.Do the tempering in a tbsp of oil in a pan and add the moong dal and potato mixture followed by the addition of ground paste.

7.Allow the mixture to boil on slow fle for 6-8 minutes and garnish it with fresh coriander leaves.Serve hot with idlis or dosas.

*Make sure the potatoes are mashed even if you use the potato curry make sure it is mashed.
* you can also sauté the onion tomatoes and garlic in oil and then add it to the moong dal and potato mixture.
* You can also add a red chilli while tempering.
* Add water to he mixture if it's too thick while boiling it at the end.

Kumbakonam Kadappa

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