Kumbakonam Kadappa

Kadappa is a famous Side dish for Dosa, idly, poori or Chapathi. It is named after my native town “kumbakonam” and the recipe is called as “kumbakonam” kadappa. It is a famous dish in many of the restaurants in kumbakonam. i thought of trying out this special dish when i started to cook but always in mind that it follows a very lengthy process. Once i started to do the recipe, i found that it follows three different procedures such as grinding, pressure cooking and combining everything together in cooking and all can be done in Parallel ways which saves cooking time. it is must try side dish for breakfast menu


preparation time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins

  • onion – 1 finely chopped
  • tomato – 1 medium
  • garlic pods – 2 chopped
  • water as required
  • salt as required

pre task:

  • pressure cook both
  • potato -1
  • mung dal – 1/4 cup

to grind:

  • scrapped coconut -1/4 cup
  • roasted bengal gram – 2 tbsp
  • green chili -2

to temper:

  • mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • curry leaves
  • oil as required


  • grind the “to grind” ingredients together with some water into fine paste and set it aside
  • in a pan, add oil and wait till becomes hot
  • once hot, add mustard seeds. allow it to splutter
  • add cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chili and finely chopped Garlic Pods. saute it well
  • now onion can be added, cook for 2-3 minutes. wait till becomes translucent
  • Add tomatoes in the pan. allow it to become mushy
  • Cooked potato is smashed and added in the pan. add the required salt in it along with some water. allow it to cook for 3- 5 minutes
  • add the grinded paste and mix everything together
  • mung dal is added now. let it boil for 3-5 minutes
  • garnish with coriander leaves
  • kumbakonam kadappa is ready to serve!!!

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