September 13, 2013

Kadappa | Kadapa | Tanjore Special Side dish for Idly and Dosa | Easy Side Dish recipes

There aren’t  too many dishes that kiddo and S appreciate as an accompaniment with Idli and Dosa – its pretty standard fare with both of them usually picking Idli Molagapudi or any vegetable peel chutney that I make atleast once a week. But I was pleasantly surprised to see both of them agreeing to accept Kadappa – today’s post – with gusto..Its interesting to note that this recipe has been a Tanjore special (Tanjore or Tanjavur is a prominent and ancient temple town in Tamilnadu). Tanjore cuisine is predominantly South Indian, but had very strong influence of Maratha rulers, and I reckon this is one such dish influenced by those kings of yore.

Thank you, Nisha for this recipe.. Its going to feature regularly in my kitchen. We enjoyed it with Instant Mixed flour Dosa (Karicha Maavu Dosa)..

Almost resembling Veg Kurma in most parts, one vital addition for the addition of Moong Dal – which gained acceptance. Without much ado, this goes to BM # 32 under Alphabet K and Valli’s Side Dish Mela too. 

in this BM, so far:

J for Jolada Rotti (Sorghum bread)
I for Iyengar Thayirvadai (South Indian Dahi Wada)
H for Hagalakayi Upkari (bitter gourd coconut curry)
G for Godhi Chutneypudi (Wholewheat spice powder)
F for Filter Coffee (South Indian beverage)
E for Eerulli Gojju (onion-tamarind Gravy for rice)
D for Davangere Benne Dose (Karnataka special Dosa)
C for Chinna Vengaya Khara Kuzhambu (Pearl onion tamarind Gravy)
B for Batata Saang (Potatoes in coconut tamarind gravy)

A for Avarekaalu Akki Thari uppittu (Field Benas / hyacinth beans and broken rice pudding)

Over to the recipe now, 

Potatoes in a lentil and onion-garlic-fennel based gravy : a tasty accompaniment to Idli and Dosa

Source : Nisha's recipe

Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 4

  • Potatoes – 3 medium
  • Moong Dal (split green gram) – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Dry masala : 2 cloves, 1/2 “ cinnamon, 1 Bay leaf
  • Salt – to taste
  • Green chillies – 2 nos (I used 1 green chilly and 1 red chilly)
  • Pearl Onions – 12 – 15 nos (peeled and quartered)
  • Tempering : oil – 1 tsp, mustard seeds, curry leaves, 1 tsp Urad dal (optional)
Masala paste:
  • Grated coconut – ¼ cup
  • Fennel Seeds / Saunf – 1 tsp
  • Garlic pods – 2 nos (medium)
  • Garnish: Lemon juice, coriander leaves

Boil , peel and cube potatoes. Pressure cook moong dal till done, but not mushy.
Grind all ingredients under “Masala paste” list with a little water.
In a pan, heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves, chillies, and all under Dry masala list. After 1 min, add the pearl onions and  sauté till they turn translucent (about 2-3 mins).
Now add the ground paste and add till the raw smell disappears – about 5-6 mins. Now add the cubed potatoes and boiled dal. Simmer on low flame, add salt.
Dilute with about 4-5 TBSP of water and simmer through. Once you get a thickish gravy, transfer to serving bowl, and finish with lemon juice and coriander
Serve with Idly or Dosa (we liked it a lot with Instant mixed flour Dosa)


  1. wow love you recipes choice's :) kadappa looks so delicious dear bookmarked will try it some time !! :) tempting me !!

  2. Lovely recipe, I have had my eye on this for a while..

  3. This kadappa is also a famous dish from my native, kadappa with idlis an incredible combo.

  4. Wow.. look so delicious and tasty

  5. tasty and delicious recipe loving it.

  6. OMG. What a recipe. never heard of this before. Your photos are very tempting.

  7. That is a very yummy gravy dish.. Bookmarked to try soon.

  8. I have seen this in a lot of blogs. Looks nice Kalyani :)

  9. Kadappa looks inviting ! Tempting clicks...

  10. Even this goes very well with set dosai for me tempting dosai

  11. I have heard about this but am yet to make it at home! Bookmarked!

  12. looks irresistible... so yummy gravy!!


  13. Delicious gravy.. Would love to try it for sure..

  14. I have made this before and its so yummy!

  15. another new recipe Kalyani...looks very good

  16. I am from Tanjore, but I have never made this. looks so yummy :)

  17. New one for me. Love it. Its a yum gravy.

  18. great, never heard this before!
    thanks for your effort


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