October 1, 2019

Kumbakonam Kadapa

I was wondering that how did I miss posting this famous and traditional dish "Kumbakonam Kadapa" on my page and that too being it as my native place delicacy. Kadapa is a delicious dish prepared using Moong dal, coconut and spices which pairs perfectly with Idly or Dosa. I must say that if you are visiting the temple city of Tamilnadu ( yeah! Kumbakonam is popularly known as Temple city of Tamilnadu ), this kadapa is a must try dish. Already the imagination of having hot, soft and fluffy idlis with this tasty kadapa is making me drool. Thanks to Shhh Secretly Challenge group for hosting Tamilnadu cuisine theme for this month challenge and Mayuri ji for giving me the lovely two ingredients , Moong dal and Bay leaf as my secret ingredients.

Shh secretly challenge is an interesting blogger event which is happening among few food bloggers. In this event, the bloggers are paired every month with the particular theme and the paired bloggers have to share their secret ingredients among each other. Using those ingredients, the dish has to be prepared and the secret ingredients are guessed by our co-bloggers. Interesting right!

So, if you are keen to know the secret ingredients given by me to my partner Mayuri ji, click HERE. She prepared a delicious and traditional sweet "Paal Kozhkattai" out of it. And also, her page is loaded with lots and lots of drool worthy recipes. So, don't miss to check out her page.

Here comes the recipe of the delicious Kumbakonam Kadapa....

Ingredients :

1 Tbsp Oil 
1 Bay leaf 
2 Cloves 
A small of Cinnamon 
1 Onion, finely chopped 
2 Green chillies, sliced 
3 Potatoes, boiled and mashed 
1/2 Cup Moong dal, cooked and mashed 
Less than 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
Salt to taste 
Coriander leaves for garnishing 

To Grind :

1/4 Cup Coconut, grated 
2 Garlic pods, peeled 
3 Tbsp Roasted gram 
2 Green chillies 

Method :

Grind all the ingredients given in "To Grind" into a fine paste and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf followed by cloves and cinnamon.

Add the chopped onion followed by green chillies and sauce until the onion turns translucent.

Now add the cooked and mashed dal.

Mix well and cook it for a minute.

Add the ground paste followed by turmeric powder and the required quantity of salt.

Let it cook for 5 minutes and add water if kadapa is too thick.

Now add the potatoes to the kadapa and cook it for another couple of minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and remove from the flame.

Serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve with Idly or Dosa.


  1. This is a new dish to me but with moong dal, spices and coconut going in, I am sure it must be a flavorful treat !

  2. A new dish for me, looks quiet tempting!!

  3. What an interesting gravy! I agree, sometimes we miss those very basics that we were supposed to post in first place. :) I am sure this would be so good with some appams or pooris...

  4. Very intresting and traditional recipe,it's gravy looks very creamy and tasty.Love to have it with hot chapathi's.

  5. Priya when we were discussing about this dish and how you would love to try it, I had no idea it would turn out so tempting. Using moong dal with potatoes and freshly ground spices must make it so flavorful. Bookmarked this recipe.

  6. We make a similar aloo sabji but have never added dal to it. I like the fact that this can be enjoyed with Idlis as I make them often and looking for options to enjoy them.

  7. A very traditional and an age old recipe which goes well with rotis , idli , poori , chapathi etc
    You have explained the steps so easily that even a child can prepare

  8. I love making this with Kara Kozhambu or Pongal or even Idiyappam. such a flavourful dish, Priya :)

  9. This is one of the famous gravy. This is so simple yet delicious gravy to have along with idli, idiyappam and dosa.

  10. Lovely recipe Priya. Moong dal coconut bay leaves cinnamon cloves wow it must be aromatic and lipsmackingly delicious. Loved it.

  11. Hey have not heard of this dish from TN. This wod taste so good with pooris or paratahs...

  12. Sounds delicious and healthy too. We can enjoy this gravy with chapati or rice too.

  13. Something different and new for me. I have never added moong dal with potato, must be delicious.

  14. Kumbakonam kadapa with idli is very yummy combo and I have tried once in home. This tempts to me try again. Looks so delicious.

  15. oh wow, such a lovely tradition. Kadappa curry and idly, immensly love the combo and great captures, Priya