Idli and Kumbakonam Kadappa is my Appa’s favorite combo. Growing up Appa lived in his Aunt’s house for around 6 years and did his schooling in Vrudhachalam. His aunt was running a small eatery/mess at her home and this Kadappa used to be the most popular dish at her mess it seems. Most of the days his breakfast used to be Hot Idli & Kadappa prepared by his aunt and sometimes when he comes back from school he would happily finish off the leftovers too it seems 🙂 The restaurants in and around Thanjavur,Kumbakonam serve Kadappa with Idli/Dosai along with other commonly known sides chutneys+sambar.
Growing up Amma’s family didn’t use much of garlic, saunf or other masalas in their cooking much. Appa used to say this was the first dish that Amma tried after few years of marriage that had garlic in it 😊 A very basic recipe with Potatoes, Moongdal and a simple coconut paste results in such a delicious flavor gravy. You can eat this Chapathi too. The below meausrement serves two people. Adjust accordingly.
Adding turmeric is not required but since Amma is used to adding turmeric in most of her dishes I sometimes add it unknowingly out of practice 🙂