Today, I am presenting the recipe for Vada Pappu, the essential naivedyam for Rama Navami along with Chalimidi and Panakam. Vada Pappu (also called Kosambari in Kannada) is essentially a healthy salad made with soaked Moong Dal, finely chopped cucumber, green chillies and grated coconut. It does not involve any cooking and is made for most poojas in Andhra Pradesh.
This recipe for Vada Pappu is also a weight watchers delight because it is low-calorie, protein-rich and has no oil. I love to have this light-on-the-stomach dish for lunch in Summers.
You could also add some grated carrot to it to make Carrot Hesarubele Kosambari.
How to Make Vada Pappu or Kosambari
- Moong Dal/Pesara Pappu – 1 Cup
- Grated Coconut – 3 tbsp
- Finely Chopped Green Chillies – 2
- Finely Chopped Green Cucumber (Khira) – 2 tbsp
- Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Soak Moong Dal for about an hour.
- Strain completely.
- Add Cucumber, Coconut, Chillies, Lemon Juice, and Salt.
- Mix well.
- Offer as Naivedyam.
- Serve to all with Panakam.
- You can have Vada Pappu as a salad on a hot summer’s day. It is light and filling!
- You can add bits of raw mango instead of lemon juice.
- You can use regular cucumber, if you do not find green cucumber.