Kumbakonam Kadappa

Spicy curry made from yellow moong dal, from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu.


  • 2 Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • 1 Curry leaf sprig
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 4 Garlic pods
  • 2 Onion
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon, inch stick
  • 1/2 cup yellow moong Dal / Paasi Paruppu
  • Roasted Gram Dal / Pottu Kadalai – 1 handful
  • 2 teaspoons Poppy seeds
  • 12 Green Chillies
  • 1/4 cup Fresh grated coconut
  • 4 Garlic pods for paste


  1. Pressure cook moong dal with water and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder till soft and keep aside.
  2. Boil the potatoes. Cool and peel off the skin. Lightly crumble with your fingers and keep aside.
  3. Grind roasted gram dal, poppy seeds, green chillies, grated coconut and Garlic pods to fine paste with little water and keep aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Add cinnamon, cloves, finely chopped onion, 4 pods crushed garlic, curry leaves and sauté till the onions turn translucent.
  5. Now add the cooked moong dal, 1 to 1-1/2 cups of water, salt and the remaining turmeric powder and bring it to a boil.
  6. Add crumpled potatoes, ground paste and once again bring it to a boil.
  7. Remove from stove and add juice of 1 lemon and mix well.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with idlis, dosas or puris.

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