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Kadappa – Tanjore / Kumbakonam Special Kadapa for Idli and Dosai

Kadappa or Kadapa is a special side dish for idli and dosai from the Tanjore district in Tamil Nadu. It has an aroma very similar to that of a kurma.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Kids Friendly, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 162kcal


  • Grinder
  • pan
  • spatula


  • 3 Potatoes boiled and cubed
  • ¼ cup Payatham Paruppu / Moong dal
  • 1 medium Onion thinly sliced
  • 3 Cloves
  • ½ inch piece Cinnamon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Ullutham paruppu / Urad dal
  • few Curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • to taste Salt
  • to garnish Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice

For the masala paste –

  • ⅓  cup Coconut 
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 3 Green chilies
  • 2 Cloves Garlic 


  • Cook the potatoes and peel them. Chop them into 1 inch cubes. Also cook the Payatham paruppu / Moong dal until it is cooked well, but too mushy.
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned for the masala adding very little water.
  • In a pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Let the mustard splutter and then add the cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. Fry it for about a minute or until aromatic.
  • Add the sliced onions and fry until it is translucent.
  • Add the ground masala paste and sauté it on low heat until aromatic (about 6-8 minutes).
  • Now add the boiled potato cubes and mix well. Also add the cooked dal along with the salt needed.
  • Mix well and add water to bring it to gravy like consistency. Let the kadappa come to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the lime juice and cilantro at the end and turn off the flame.
  • I served kadappa with some dosai for dinner.


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg