Mashed Tapioca (Kappa Puzhukku)

You may call this a rustic delicacy, yet found on way side eateries in Kochi city, hotels now applaud tapioca dishes with even a tapioca biryani in the menu.

Though this tapioca recipe used to be prepared at home, once in a while, i learnt that the name was puzhukku when i was in the college hostel when one of my friend brought this from her home after the weekend holidays. Then i learnt that there was a chakka puzhukku and also that puzhukku can be made from a variety of tubers that taste good especially during the karkidagam season. I prepared the tapioca puzhukku just out of coincidence with the season. And the name may sound a little like a continental or English cuisine., ..........if there can be mashed potatoes why not a mashed tapioca...

the recipe

Tapioca – 1 kg

ingredients for the puzhukku masala

cumin – ¾ tsp
garlic – 5 cloves
green chilly – 4
coconut – ½ part
salt – ½ tsp
onion – ½

for the tempering

mustard – ½ tsp
curry leaves – 2 sprigs
onion – ½
turmeric – ½ - ¾ tsp
oil – 1 or 2 tbsp

the method

Cut the tapioca into medium sized chunks and boil in salt water. When cooked drain the water. Cut it into small wedges or thin pieces.

Grind the ingredients for the puzhukku masala into a coarse to smooth consistency.

In a broad pan (uruli is better), heat oil and add mustard. When the mustard crackles add onion and curry leaves. When the onion starts to brown, add turmeric and sauté for few seconds. Add the puzhukku masala. Add quarter cup water and bring it to a boil so that the raw aroma of the masala is gone. Add the tapioca and mix well. Slightly mash with a spoon or fork. Serve with pickle or uppum molaku.


sbvera said…
hmm.. we've been pairing the non masala version kappa with pickles and upp/mulaku. i really would like to see a meen curry next, roshan.. sluurp...
Roshan said…
sure susha...meen curry would come soon.....waiting for the trawling ban to get over to buy some good ones...i dint mention the fish curry combo to keep it purely a vegetarian affair.....the non veg version is being posted

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