Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kappa Puzhukku (Tapioca Curry )

Kappa Puzhukku needs no introduction to people familiar with kerala cuisine. It is an absolutely delightful preparation of Tapioca blended in a very flavourful mix of coconut and other spices. This dish is a traditional style of making Tapioca in Kerala. My Mother- in law's signature dish, i learnt making this from her. 

Here goes the recipe:-

 A look in to the ingredients ---

  • Tapioca - 500gms
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Green Chillis - 2 to 3
  • Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Coconut Oil - 1tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
For tempering:-
  • Mustard seeds, Urad Dal - 1tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • oil -little

Here's how :-

The Tapioca Tuber looks like this . Cleaning and chopping it in to small chunks is a process in itself--

Chop it in to 2 to 3 pieces and remove the outer brown skin

Cut vertically and remove any thick skinned tissue

Cut in to thin slices

Chop in to small cubes

Wash the chopped pieces well and in a heavy bottomed pan add enough water along with 2-3 slit green chillis and turmeric powder and cook till it is soft and tender.

Add pepper powder and salt to the cooked tuber and mix well.

In the meanwhile grind grated coconuts, cumin seeds and curry leaves to a coarse powder.

In a separate pan prepare the tempering by allowing mustard seeds and urad dal to splutter along with a few curry leaves.

Now comes the final mixing part --

Add the coarse coconut powder, tempering to the cooked tubers and mix well. Let the mixed curry simmer for a while . To give it a more authentic taste add little coconut oil to this curry. Mix well and serve hot !

This mushy curry tastes heavenly  -----

The puzhukku was served with rice and other accompaniments and the lunch was a total culinary delight !

I am sending this to Aipi's Bookmarked Recipes - Tuesday Event event announcement by Priya

Also linking this to Sujana's Celebrating Regional cuisine

Linking this to Girlichef's Hearth n Soul :Vol 27


  1. Thar last pix is really tempting! Can I join you for the feast?


  2. Wow, delicious! So different from anything I've tried before. I'd love to have a taste :D

  3. Never really used tapioca this way..sounds interesting!
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)

    US Masala

  4. wow what a lovely dish dear.... i want to try something with tapioca... so bookmarking this dear...

  5. Kappa is my husband's favorite. i make it the same way too! To me it's too mushy!

  6. Interesting recipe and veggie! Never cooked with Tapioca before - - must give this one a shot and see if the family is accepting :)

  7. It is indeed a culinary experience,I am glad you showed a picture of tapioca. I will definately buy it and prepare this. I loved the well illustrated recipe:) And the thali looks like such a feast!!!

  8. This looks so yummy! Tapioca and coconut are one of my favorite combinations!

  9. Kappa puzhukku looks delicious. nice one.

  10. Wat an authentic dish, love it and havent had since a long..Urs makes me hungry..

  11. Hi Priya, This sounds delicious! I've seen this tuber in the market many times and have always wondered what to do with it. Can't wait to try it now that I know. Thanks for posting :)

  12. I love how you show the step by step pictures! I've never tried this before but it looks very good! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  13. Love it..simply delicious.
    There is an award waiting for you dear..please collect:)

  14. New dish to me and looks yummy! :P

  15. Very very new recipe for, looks delicious. Thanks for linking it to Aipi and my Bookmarked recipes event.

  16. I never had anything apart from chips of tapioca and love them... will surely love this.. wonderful presentation :)

  17. I love this dish so much that I have this all alone without any accompaniment.Your dish looks so delishious

  18. Priya dear , U've something waiting for u in my blog..,

  19. I am quite familiar with Kerala-style tapioca curry, but I usually see other more liquid-y curries being poured over it.

  20. I'm completely unfamiliar with kerala cuisine, so I'm quite happy that you've given such good instructions for the recipe. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  21. @ Suja-- thanks a bunch suja ! am honoured !

  22. @ shanavi--- thanks dear---- u r really sweet and am very glad !

  23. That tapioca grows quite wild here, and this is a wonderful new way for me to use it. Thanks for the good recipe.