Today’s post is Kadapa Recipe / Kumbakonam Kadappa Recipe with step by step pics and a short YouTube video. Many of you would be thinking, that kadapa means a district in Andhra or long stone used for kitchen slabs. It is a type of mild kurma prepared with moong dal, potato, grounded coconut with green chilli and tempered with few spices. This korma can be commonly seen in almost all hotels in Tanjore districts, especially Kumbakonam, hence the name. There is another version in this kadapa recipe known as Tiruvarur kadappa with slight variation. As my in laws are native of Tiruvarur, my hubby is a die hard fan of this dish. Whenever we visit his native place, we never forget to taste this drooling dish in Vasan cafe, a famous hotel which prepares the best Kadapa recipe. It pairs well with idli, dosa, set dosa, poori and even chapati too.
Checkout my youtube video for this recipe
Kadapa Recipe / Kumbakonam Kadappa Recipe can be commonly seen in almost all hotels in Tanjore districts, especially Kumbakonam, hence the name. There is another version in this kadapa recipe known as Tiruvarur kadappa with slight variation.
- 1/4 Cup Moong Dal
- 1 Potato
- 1 Onion
- 3 Green Chilli
- Salt As Required
- 1 Pinch Turmeric Powder
- Coriander Leaves For garnishing
- Few Drops Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Coconut
- 2 Green Chilli
- 1/2 tsp Fried Gram Dal
- 2 Pods Garlic
- 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Jeera
- 1 Cinnamon
- 3 Cloves
- 1 Cardamom
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
Chop onion and slit green chilli. Pressure cook moong dal and potato for 3 whistles. Mash moong dal well and potato slightly.
Measure and keep the ingredients for tempering separately. Then chop coconut, green chilli and peel garlic for grinding.
To a mixer, add coconut, green chilli, garlic, fried gram dal, fennel seeds and poppy seeds. Grind everything to a smooth paste by adding little water.
Heat oil in a pan and temper with the ingredients listed in the table 'To Temper'. Then add onion, green chilli and saute till it turns transparent.
Now add cooked moong dal and mashed potato.
Mix well, add required salt, turmeric powder and boil for 2 minutes. Then pour the grounded coconut paste.
Pour 1 cup of water and boil for 5 minutes in low flame, till the raw smell leaves. Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off flame. Squeeze lemon juice on top before serving.
Serve this kadapa recipe with ragi dosa.
2. Adjust green chilli as per spice level preferred for this Kumbakonam kadappa recipe.
3. Instead of lemon juice, 1/2 piece of tomato can be added, while sauteing.
4. Don’t add more garlic pods, else the kadappa recipe tastes odd.
5. Instead of grinding the garlic, it can be crushed and added in sauteing.
6. This dish should be in pale yellow colour only, so just 1 pinch of turmeric powder is enough.
7. Even carrot and green peas can be added. But the traditional recipe is made with potato only.