Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tapioca Stir Fry-Kappa Curry-Maravalli Kizhangu Stir Fry

Tapioca root/Cassava root is known as "Maravalli kizhangu" in Tamil and "Kappa" in Malayalam. It is also commonly known as yucca and cassava. They are packed with carbohydrates. Topioca helps to gain weight, so if you are trying to lose weight, it might not be a good option to add to your diet.  It is a rich source of dietary fiber. Tapioca also contains a significant amount of B-complex vitamins, calcium and phosphorus. Today we will learn a simple Kerala style Kappa stir fry following our easy recipe. 

Tapioca Fry-Kappa Curry

Tapioca Fry-Kappa Curry

Tapioca Fry-Kappa Curry

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineKerala

   Ingredients needed

   Topioca root -2 medium size
   Pearl Onions - 1/3 cup chopped
   Red Chilli - 3
   Green chilli - 2 slit
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Grated coconut - 2-3 tbsp
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 3 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Remove the skin of tapioca root. Cut it lengthwise and remove the vein that passes in the center (pointed with an arrow mark in the picture below). Wash it well. Then cut it into cubes or medium sized pieces.

How to clean tapioca

Cook tapioca with enough water and salt needed until soft. Once cooked, drain the water completely and keep it aside.


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add red chillies, green chillies and curry leaves.

cooking tapioca root

Then add onions, turmeric powder and saute until onions turn transparent. Add grated coconut and saute for a few more seconds.

Add the cooked tapioca root, salt needed and mix well. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Kappa curry Kerala style

Serve hot with steamed rice or any spicy gravy or chutney. It is quiet filling as it is a rich source of carbohydrates.

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  1. It says in Wikipedia that tapioca does not contain any dietary fiber or iron. Please get your facts right.

    1. Cassava or tapioca root has dietary fiber and iron. Only after getting the facts right, I write my introduction. Kindly check the links below

  2. This root is a wonderful drug for cancer. It contains a rich source of Vitamin B17,. Please refer to or search for Vitamin B17 - Tapioca to get details. Your recipie should help to cure many who suffer from cancer. This is a cheap remedy to cure all types of cancers. God bless you.

  3. Hi Padhu, tried this recipe today and it's a big hit with my Wife, MIL and Maid too :)

    Of course, I Loved it too!

  4. If pearl onion not available,can ordinary onions be used?

  5. Hello madam, How long should we cook Tapioca?? Or if in cooker how many whistles for dat to cook?

    1. It depends on the tapioca root. You can cook for 1 or 2 whistles in the pressure cooker. If you find it is not properly cooked with 1 whistle, then cook for 2 whistles. You can also cook in a pan with sufficient water until the tapioca root is tender.

    2. Thanks.. I cooked as per ur instructions
      .it came out really well.. One more question how to select the Tapioca.. Sometimes its very hard and unable to cut with knife at all..

    3. Thank you Seetha. Glad you liked it. When choosing Tapioca root/Cassava look for firm ones, nice dark brown without any discoloration.

  6. Hi,
    Can the kappa be cooked in pressure cooker,and how many whistles.

    Loving all ur recipes,

    Just a thought -Do u have a cooking app by any chance??

    1. Thank you for liking my recipes. I have answered the question above.Just check the comment above. You can cook for 2 whistles.No at present, I do not have app.


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