Today, I am presenting the recipe for Vada Pappu, the essential naivedyam for Rama Navami.

Vada Pappu | Kosambari
Vada Pappu

Vada Pappu (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.

On Rama Navami, this dish is a must as naivedyam along with:

This moong dal-cucumber salad 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.


I had first posted this recipe in April 2013 and am now updating it with new photos.

Recipe for Vada Pappu | Kosambari

Vada Pappu | Kosambari for Rama Navami

Called Vada Pappu in Andhra Pradesh and Kosambari in Karnataka, this is a simple salad made with soaked moong dal and finely chopped cucumber. It is a must for Rama Navami.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Soaking Time 1 hr
Course Accompaniment, Naivedyam
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh, Indian, Karnataka, South Indian
Servings 4
Calories 66 kcal
  • Bowl
  • Knife and Chopping Board
  • 1/4 Cup Moong Dal/Pesara Pappu
  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1 Finely Chopped Green Chilli
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Green Cucumber
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Soak 1/4 Cup Moong Dal in 3/4 Cup water for about an hour.
  • Using a colander, drain the water completely from the soaked dal.
  • To the soaked moong dal, add 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber, 2 tbsp grated coconut, 1 finely chopped green chilli, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and salt as required.
  • Mix well.
  • Offer as Naivedyam.
  • Serve to all as prasadam 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.
Nutrition Facts
Vada Pappu | Kosambari for Rama Navami
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Carrot Moong Dal Salad, Gluten Free, Kosambari, Moong Dal Cucumber Salad, Vada Pappu, Vegan, Vegetarian
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