Monday, December 7, 2009


Kadappa is the traditional side dish for Poori or Idly, dosai in Tanjore of TamilNadu, India.

As the theme of this blog is to remember my mom's passion for cooking, I am narrating here how she got this recipe. Long back, as a newly married couple mom and dad visited her sister's family in Tanjore. And there she had this kadappa with poori and dosa in a restaurant. Then she searched for the recipe through cook-books and finally arrived at this one. After that it has become our favorite too.

This dish resembles a kuruma like gravy with dhal as a base. Turmeric and tomato are not generally added, as the primary color of the kadappa should be white / beige. So easy to prepare and great to enjoy for a special weekend:)

Potato - 4
green gram dhal (paasi paruppu / chiru paruppu) - 1/4 cup
Red onion - 1
mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
oil - 1 tbsp
salt - to taste
lemon - 1/2

Masala - 1

puffed channa dhal (pottu kadalai) - 1 tbsp
poppy seed - 1/2 tsp
green chilly - 6
cinnamon - 1 inch
cloves (kirambu) - 2
fennel seed (sombu) - 1 tsp
shredded coconut - 1/2 cup

Masala -2

ginger - 1 inch
garlic - 5 pearls

Wash the potatoes well. Pressure cook the potatoes and green gram dhal for 2 whistles.
Peel and chop potato into small cubes.
Slice the onion into small pieces.

Heat oil in a wok and splutter the mustard seed. Then add bay leaves.

Now goes the chopped onion. Fry till it becomes tender. Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell vanishes.
Then add the cubed potatoes and green gram dhal.

Grind the items given under masala 1 and add it to the potatoes in wok.

Add salt and let it boil for five minutes.

After switching off , add the lime juice and serve hot.

Kadappa is ready!

Serving suggestions:

Serve with dosa or poori / roti /idly / chapathi.

Note :

1.we can prepare it without tempering also.

2.Pressure cook raw, chopped potato with green gram and all masalas including ginger garlic together. Then temper after it gets cooked. Add lime juice at the end. This is the short cut method.


Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

It's being 3 yrs since I had this masala for dosa or iddlies Viki...looks so comforting and reminds me back home:( Last I had this meal was when I visit my relative in Salem....

Sushma Mallya said...

Never heard of this but very easy to make and must be really nice to have as well...

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very new....looks interesting

Shama Nagarajan said...

that's a delicious delight

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey this is new 2 me...but its luks yummy...nice dip for idli

Namitha said...

Never made this at home..delectable....

Priya Suresh said...

Kadapa with hot idlies, i can eat fav!!

Sarah Naveen said...

Nice post Viki..
Curry looks delicious..

Malar Gandhi said...

Interesting, never heard of it so far...must be you say:) Thats a quite interesting title too.:)

Gita Jaishankar said...

My dad loves kadapa Viki...It has been quite sometime since I had this...I almost forget about this yummy dish...thanks for reminding me dear..looks delicious :)

Soma Pradhan said...

Kaddapa Sounds very very intersting..would love to have it with pooris

Nandinis food said...

My fav with dosai. I forgot about this tasty kadappa, thanks for reminding dear! Very flavorful and tempting dish

sangeeta said...

interesting recipe and it can be made very low fat too..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Vicky
After coming here and seeing the list of recipes, I am just regretting why I did not read the list before.
Kadappa brings sweet memory of my Korea days. When I used to get tired of eating Korean food, I used to force one invitation on my Tamil colleague for some Indian food. Thats where I tasted Kadappa for the 1st time..Now I know how to make iy :-).Will surprise my wife soon as she is very fond of Southern food.
I feel good to see, that you are carrying forward the traditional recipes, which are having slow death due to so called fusions dishes.
Let me read the recipes and enjoy them virtually for the time being :-)

chef and her kitchen said...

Heard of this so many times..but never gave a try still...looks gr8

Ganga Sreekanth said...

new tome.......looks interesting!

gtyuk said...

I have never tasted this Viki, the recipe sounds new with the pacha payiru and potatoes in that rich gravy; must be delicious!!! I think I'll love this with pooris: :)

Anupama said...

My grand dad loves this... you have brought back fond memories of my childhood days when I used to go to these restaurants in my native place with my grand dad, that serve kadappa :-)

Unknown said...

Looks delicious. Havent tried this though

Lavanya Siva said...

Wow, kadappa is one of the great tasty dish. Thanks for reminding me

Rina said...

Sure this would taste gr8 w/ poori or chapathi...

my kitchen said...

Tasty & comfort one for idly & dosa

Myvegfare said...

first time in ur blog, came through sumi's kitchen, when somebody introduces somebody i always look into their blogs, you have lovely recipes, as I am a tamilian basically, i got interested in looking around, this one i have never tried, thanks for sharing.., will give it a try soon as everybody loves aloo, looks very interesting

Kalai said...

I heard the name but never tried, looks easy and delicious.Moong dal and potato different combo..

SureshKumar said...


We were looking for this recipe for quite sometime.. Thanks for providing this in your blog..
Tomorrow morning my wife would be preparing this..

Thanks again

Nirmala said...

very nice post.. you can also grind garlic and ani seeds (sombu), just add the juice extract at final stage of kadappa instead of ginger garlic paste.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks for the valuable suggestion Nirmala. I will try next time.