Kumbakonam Kadappa

Kumbakonam Kadappa is a famous scrumptious Vegetable Stew in Kumbakonam, Tanjore and other Southern parts of Tamil Nadu. It is a delicious Traditional food and it is served as a Side dish for Soft Idli, Dosa, Poori and Idiyappam. It is a simple Gravy which tastes like Kurma. This flavourful Stew is made with cooked Moong dal, Potatoes, Green peas, Carrots, grated Coconut and Spices. It has a mild taste.


Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 4 – 5


1 cup = 400 ml

 1 spoon = 10 ml

 1 tsp = 5 ml

 1 coffee spoon = 2.5 ml

  • Moong dhal – ¼ cup
  • Carrot- 2 (finely chopped)
  • Big sized Potato – 2 ( finely chopped)
  • Peeled Green peas – less than ¼ cup
  • Salt – required
  • Cinnamon – 2 sticks
  • Garlic Cloves – 4
  • Green chillies – 8 (chopped lengthwise)
  • Medium sized Tomato – 2 (finely chopped)
  • Medium sized half cut Lemon – 1
  • Fennel seeds (Saunf) – 1 tsp
  • Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts -6
  • Grated Coconut – 3 tsp
  • Cooking Oil – 1 spoon
  • Chopped Coriander leaves – 1 spoon (optional)


  1. Cook the Moong dal, finely chopped Carrots, Potatoes and peeled Green peas with the required Water and required Salt in a Pressure Cooker for 4 – 5 whistles (I have cooked it in stainless steel 5 litre pressure pan for 5 whistles). Moong dal mixture is ready.
  2. Grind the Fennel seeds (¾ tsp), Poppy seeds, Cashew nuts, Green chillies (5 numbers) and grated Coconut with little Water (30-40) ml to a smooth paste. Ground paste is ready.
  3. Roast the Cinnamon sticks, Fennel seeds (¼ tsp), Garlic Cloves, Green chillies (3 numbers) with the Cooking Oil for a minute, in a Kadai at low flame. Add the chopped Tomatoes to it and roast until it becomes juicy at medium flame.
  4. Add very little Water to it and stir for a minute.
  5. Add the prepared Moong dal mixture, required Salt and ground paste to it. Boil it for ( 2 -3) minutes at low-medium flame. Switch off the flame. Cool the mixture for 2 minutes.
  6. Squeeze the Lemon over it and mix it well. Garnish with Chopped Coriander leaves (optional).

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