Traditional Kadappa Recipe


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Kadappa Recipe

India, as we know is a land of rich traditions and culture, has a fair share of traditional recipes with unique flavours and feel. Kadappa is one such unique dish popular among the people from the Kumbakonam, Thiruvarur, and Thanjavur regions of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It has a light yellowish green colour and has a consistency in between that of Sambar and Kurma. Traditional kadappa dish is usually served with some of the breakfast dishes like idli and dosa, it also goes well with poori and chapatti. Split yellow moong dal is the main ingredient in this recipe and it combines well with the use of spices like fennel seeds, cloves, star anise, cardamom and cinnamon. The presence of green chillies imparts the spicy flavour which blends in well with the natural flavour of fresh garlic, ginger and coconut. Have a look at the list of ingredients used and the method of preparation of Kadappa dish.

Ingredients for Kadappa recipe
  • ¼ cup of Moong Dal / Paasi Paruppu / Cheru Payar Parippu
  • 2 medium sized Potatoes
  • 2 medium sized Onions
  • 4 Green chillies
  • Salt as per the taste
  • 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil
  • Coriander leaves
For Grinding
  • ¼ cup of freshly Grated Coconut
  • 3-4 medium sized Green chillies (optional for a spicy recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon of Fennel seeds
  • 2 Garlic flakes
For Tempering
  • 1 tablespoon of Oil
  • 1 small piece of Cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon of Mustard seeds
  • A sprig of Curry leaves

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Method of preparation
  • Wash the moong dal and cook it using a pressure cooker along with 1- 1¼ cup of water.
  • Cook it for 10 minutes or up to 4 whistles, make sure that the moong dal is mushy. Keep it aside.
  • Now, wash the potatoes and boil it in salt water. Once it becomes tender, peel off its skin and chop it into medium sized pieces.
  • Slice the onion and green chillies, keep it aside.
  • Take the ingredients for grinding in a mixer and ground it to a fine paste.
  • Now, heat some oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, wait for it splutter and add sliced onion and green chillies.
  • Stir fry the ingredients until the onions attain a transparent colour.
  • Add 2 cups of water and some salt, boil it for 3 minutes. Now, add the mashed dal and potatoes, mix it well. Continue heating and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce the flame to a low flame as it prevents the burning at the bottom of the pan. Keep on stirring the mixture
  • Add the grounded masala and mix it well, continue cooking on a low flame for few minutes.
  • Now, the traditional Kadappa recipe is ready and transfers it to a bowl.
  • Serve it hot as a side dish for idli, dosa, poori and chapatti.