kappa Puzhukku / Mashed Tapioca Kerala Style

kappa Puzhukku / Mashed Tapioca Kerala Style is an authentic recipe. Tapioca/ cassava/ Yuca is a starchy substance harvested from the root of the cassava plant. It is essentially pure carbohydrate. It is widely consumed in Kerala, South India.There are many ways of tapioca/kappa (also known as maracheeni/kolli in some part of kerala) preparations in Kerala. kappa Puzhukku/ Mara Cheeni Vevichathu/ Mashed Tapioca with Coconut Ground Paste is a popular recipe from Kerala. Kappa and fish curry, kappa and Beef Curry, kappa and Mulaku Chammanthi (Spicy Chutney) etc are number of favorite lip smacking combinations for a malyalee/keralite including me 😀 . Yeah!  This tempting combinations are very popular in Kerala households, hotels, fast food shops (thattukada), Toddy Shops ( kallu Shaap)  and house boats etc. Long time ago tapioca was a poor man’s main course but now a days it is very demandable and we can see it on the main menu list of south Indian restaurants all over the world. We can buy tapioca at low price in the market and cook in a very tasty and traditional way at our homes. Here is my way of kappa puzhukku preparation with my all time favorite combo “Kappayum Neymeen mulaku Curryum” (mashed tapioca with Spicy King Fish Curry)

Recipe Type:
Main Course/ Kerala / South India / India
Cooking and Preparation Time :
30 to 45 Minutes
Serve to :
3 to 4

Ingredients For kappa Puzhukku/ Mara Cheeni Vevichathu/ Mashed Tapioca Kerala Recipe

  • Tapioca/Kappa
  • 1kg
  • Grated Coconut
  • 1 Cup
  • Shallots/small onion
  • 3 (to grind)
  • Green Chilly
  • 2 (to grind)
  • Ginger
  • A small piece(to grind)
  • Cumin Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon(to grind)
  • Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon(to grind)
  • Curry Leaves
  • 5 leaves(to grind)
  • Water
  • For Boiling tapioca
  • Salt
  • To taste

Ingredients For Seasoning/Garnishing Kappa Puzhukku / Mashed Tapioca

  • Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon
  • Mustard Seeds
  • ½ Teaspoon
  • Shallots/Small Onion
  • 3 (Chopped Finely)
  • Garlic
  • 1 or 2 cloves(Chopped)
  • Dry Red Chilly
  • 3 (Cut in to small)
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 Sprig


How to make MaraCheeni Vevichathu/ kappa Puzhukku/ Mashed Tapioca Kerala Style Method with Step by Step Pictures.

1. Peal tapioca/kappa.

2. Wash and clean well.

3. Cut into small pieces, wash and clean again. Add water and salt for boiling.

4. Bring it to boil and reduce the heat to the lowest. Cook till the tapioca is soft. Drain the excess water.

5. Place ingredients to grind in a blender (small) jar. Grind and make a coarse/smashed paste and keep aside.

6. Heat (low flame) cooked tapioca and add coconut paste and salt (if needed). Cover the ground paste with cooked tapioca. Close the pan and cook them 2 minutes.

7. Uncover mix and mash it with a masher/ big strong spoon immediately. Turn off and keep aside.

8. Heat oil in a pan. Pop mustard seeds. Add onion, garlic, dry red chilly and curry leaves. Fry until crispy and golden.

9. Pour over to Mashed tapioca. Mix well.

10. Serve alone or with spicy fish curry, Kerala beef curry or chammanthi. Enjoy!

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