Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thanjavur Kadappa ~ Potato side dish for poori, idly and dosa

Thanjavur kadappa

The Best Tamizh food can be tasted in Thanjavur belt. be it kumbakonam for authentic tamil food or a little andhra influenced trichy food. Thanjavur is known for traditional tamilian food. No wonder as it remained chola dynasty's capital when kaveri river was flowing undisturbed. Thanjavur was once Rice bowl of Tamil nadu. now deprived of water, agricultural lands are converted into plots and layouts.


We went to thanjavur in 2005 to visit the big temple. after gazing at the temple gopuram in moonlight for a long time, we felt hungry and decided to finish off our dinner in thanjavur itself before we set to travel to kumbakonam. we was referred by the local people to a small mess near the bus stand. we easily found the mess that day. it was a small and simple mess. we ate almost all varieties in the menu that day as every dish was so tasty. 

Thanjavur periya koil

When we went back to thanjavur in 2011, we searched for that mess nearly for an hour. we could not find it. instead we found a popular jewellery show room in the place of that mess. we are slowly forbidding our traditional food isn't it?

thanjavur kadappa

Poori, Idly and dosa are served with this kadappa in kumbakonam and thanjavur. Kadappa tastes like poori masala and tastes like kurma too. some call it kumbakonam kadappa. kumbakonam and thanjavur are just 30 kms apart.

Tanjore temple

Thanjavur / Kumbakonam kadappa

serves - 3
prep time - 5
cooking time - 25 mins


Monng dal - 3 tbsp
Potato - 2
Onion - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp

To Grind:

Green chilly - 2
Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
Saunf / fennel /perunjeeragam - 1/2 tsp
Roasted gram / pottukadalai - 1 tsp

For tempering:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Bay leaf - 1 small
Cinnamon stick - 1' inch
Cloves - 3

thanjavur kadappa imgredients


1. Dry roast the moong dal for a minute and then pressure cook by adding 1/2 cup water to the dal. pressure cook up to 3 whistles. Also pressure cook potatoes along or separately. peel its skin and set aside.

2. Grind grated coconut, green chilly, roasted gram and saunf with little water into a smooth paste.

3. Heat a pan, add 2 tsp's of oil. when the oil is hot, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and mustard.

4. Add the finely chopped onions and saute till it turns translucent. then add ginger garlic paste and saute it.

5. Add the chopped potato and mix well with the onions. then add in the cooked and mashed moong dal. let the mix boil well.

6. Finally add in the grounded coconut paste and give a mix. add salt to taste. let it boil in slow flame for a minute and remove the kadappa from fire.

7. Garnish with corriander leaves.


Serve with Poori or Idly or Dosa.


  1. its our traditional recipe :D Thanjavur totally changed now ! Even i could nt find my favorite spot now all changed !

  2. Beautiful pics of the temples of Thanjavur. Also the Kadappa looks simply awesome.

  3. stunning clicks of the temples. the curry looks very comforting.

  4. Omg, love kadapa with pooris..Makes me hungry here.. Beautiful clicks of Tanjore temple.

  5. yummy lip smacking kaddapa with awesome temple clicks.


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