A number of dignitaries from the City of Folsom and Sacramento County came together with the business community Wednesday evening to celebrate Folsom’s newest restaurant. Aappakadai, Indian Chettinad has open its doors to its fifth location in the Sacramento region.


Located at 1167Riley Street in Folsom, Aappakadai is serving up tantalizing flavors of South Indian Chettinad Food. The restaurant is already gaining popularity in the Folsom community in the days prior to its official ribbon cutting performed by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce and Choose Folsom Wednesday evening. 

Founded by Mr. Kalidoss Raju, Aappakadai first opened in the region over a decade ago. Being a foodie himself, Raju wanted to bring in the flavors of Chettinad cuisine to the US residents. He recalls visiting various roadside eateries and restaurants back in his town to watch the chefs at work and observe the ingredients they would add to the dish while trying out new dishes.


“There’s something about Chettinad cuisine that reminds me of the food mom and grandma used to prepare. It’s ‘homely.’ Although it may be a tad oily and spicy before you even dig into the food, the aromatic taste; it is appetizing, and you can’t wait to try the dish,” says Raju. The name of eatery comes from the origins of the food it serves. 

Aappakadai is a perfect blend of an aromatic and flavorful journey introduced to Northern California, United States, with the thought of raising the taste and flavors of Aappam. It all started with a small team of experienced and passionate chefs who wanted everyone to indulge in the tantalizing flavors of South Indian Chettinad Food.


Chettinad has become synonymous with fiery cuisine that sets your taste buds on fire. Chettinad cuisine is all about the interplay between spices than just gravies dunked with chilli powder or spicy masalas. Freshly ground pepper and chilli powder are usually used in equal proportion in most dishes.

The recipes of Aappakadai come from the spice racks of the family’s pioneers, specifically their grandmother. The original recipes are closely guarded and followed. The humble roots have never been forgotten. Traditionally fresh and hot home-made ‘Aappam’ was sold as a breakfast dish in Chettinad’s streets, according to the restaurant’s website details. 

The new Folsom location is open Tuesday and Wednesday’s from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and then from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Thursday’s and Friday’s they remain open until 10:30 pm. On Saturday’s they remain open until 3:00 p.m. for an extended lunch time before reopening at 6:00 p.m.  Sunday’s their hours remain the same except they close for the evening at 9:30 p.m.


 They offer a number of weekly specials, including “Delicious Dosa Night” each Wednesday which serves up several varieties from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for one general price, adults $12.99 and Kids 3-10 $9.99.  You can also take advantage of their “Meal Bonanza” Monday through Friday where you buy one meal and get the second meal half price as long as it is a phone in or order to go. 

For a complete look at the history behind this newest Folsom restaurant and their full menu visit www.aappakadaifolsom.com

Kayla Thomas
Author: Kayla Thomas