Kadappa Recipe – Kumbakonam kadappa gravy Recipe

Kumbakonam kadappa Recipe

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Kadappa – A yummy gravy aka kumbakonam kadappa that is prepared by cooking vegetables in moong dhal and seasoned by Indian spices and grated coconut. This is so famous in and around kumbakonam and Tanjore areas of Tamil Nadu. Many hotels would serve Idly/Dosa with Kadappa there. Having hailed from that region, I have tasted authentic Kadappa often. I feel that it is both mild and spicy at the same time and its taste is kind of inexplicable. I would like to have it with Idly, dosa, Arisi Upma and even Pooris and chapathis.

The preparation methosd is a bit lengthy. But, the taste is totally worth it 🙂 Do try it and let us know how you liked it. Here comes its recipe for Home Making Delight viewers.. 🙂

Kumbakonam kadappa Recipe

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kaddappa recipe – Home Making Delight

Ingredients:

Onions – 2
Tomato – 1
Poppy seeds (Kasa Kasa) – 2 tbsp
Salt – as needed
Curry leaves – a few
Cilantro/Coriander leaves (Kothamalli Thazhai) chopped – a few tsp
Bay leaf (Taste paththa/Brinji Ilai) – 1
Cinnamon stick (Pattai) -1 (a small piece, say 1 inch)
Cloves (krambu)– 2 (Optional)
Ginger-Garlic paste (Inji-Poondu vizhudhu) – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder (Manjal Thool) – 1 tsp (Used while cooking Dhal)
Star anise (Annasippu) – 1
Ghee/Butter/Edible Oil – 2 tbsps
Water – as needed

To Grind:
Cashews – 8-10 (Optional)
Grated coconut – half a cup
Fennel seeds (Sombu) – 4 tbsp
Green Chillies – 3

To Pressure Cook:
Moong Dhal (Pasi paruppu/ payatham paruppu)- 1/4 cup (After cooking, it should be 3/4 cup)
Potatoes (Medium sized) – 3/4

Preparation Method:

1) Soak Poppy seeds in water for 10 minutes.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappaa recipe – Home Making Delight

2) Pressure cook Moong dhal and potatoes separately. Mash moong dhal well.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kaddappa recipe – Home Making Delight

3) Mash potatoes coarsely and keep it aside.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

4) Grind the ingredients mentioned under “to grind”  section along with soaked poppy seeds by adding water little by little. Make it a paste.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

5) Heat Oil/butter/ghee in a kadai and add mustard seeds,  jeera seeds (cumin seeds) and then add bay leaves, cloves cinnamon stick and star anise.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

6) Add finely chopped onions and saute untile they turn transparent.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

7) Now, add ginger garlic paste and saute well.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

8) Add chopped tomatoes and curry leaves and suate until the tomatoes turn mushy.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

9) Now, add water and bring it to boil. Add the required salt.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

10) Add the cooked dhal and mix well. Dhal should not be visible at all and it should have blended well in the gravy.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

11) After two minutes, add potatoes to the gravy and mix well.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

12) Let it sit for two more minutes and then add the ground paste.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappaa recipe – Home Making Delight

13) Kadappa served in hotels would be bit watery and I like that. Add little more water, if you want and let it get cooked for 3 minutes.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadapa recipe – Home Making Delight

14) Check for the salt and turn the stove off and add finely chopped coriander leaves.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadapa recipe – Home Making Delight

15) Serve the kadappa hot with Idly/Dosa/Pongal.

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe - Home Making Delight

Kumbakonam kadappa recipe – Home Making Delight

Tit-Bits:

1) Kadappa woule be white in color, as we have not added turmeric powder to the gravy directly. If you prefer, you can add that to kadappa.

2) Few people won’t prefer sombu (Fennel). They can grind cumin seeds (Jeera) instead of sombu.

3) This gravy would go well with Idiyappam and Pongal too 🙂 Try that out.

4) You can add other vegetables (Carrot, cauliflower, peas) also, if you want.

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