Tapioca or commonly known as ‘Kappa’ in Kerala is the favorites of almost all Keralites across the globe. It so delicious and yummy that it is ina way the traditional food of Kerala too.There are s many different versions that you could make tapioca with. Apart from the traditional methods, you can make many other varieties which includes frying them, steaming them, making side dishes, cakes and many number of other options.
Tapioca is my husband`s favorite. He just loves it so much that any time he happens to see good ones, he gets them. Not only my husband`s, but also my father, and father-in-law are great lovers of tapioca. I actually started to learn to prepare this dish only after my marriage, but as expected the first trials were not upto the mark. Each time I make, my husband corrects me on where it should get better. He always says, the secret lies in the right mix at the right proportion.
This time I made after a long time . Last Thursday being a holiday here, I thought would take the effort and patience in getting this right. Afterall I wanted to get it right this time and get my husband the much awaited dish that he loves in the best possible manner. So after all those preparations , when being served….he just looked up and gave his thumbs up….:)… You know what, sometimes actions speak louder than words and it did over here, the entire dish was emptied and he had a satisfied smile on his face. In what better way could he say that I had got it right…..I was very very happy for getting the best after so many trials.
The dish tastes great with fish curry or with just a paste made from green chilies, onions and coconut oil. No matter what, the side dish should be spicy, that is the perfect combination.
Servings – 4-5
Raw Tapioca – 1 kg
Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves – a few
For the paste
Grated Coconut – 2 cups
Green Chilies – 5-6 nos
Garlic – 4-5 large cloves
Ginger – 1 tsp finely chopped
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 3/4 tsp
Water – 2-3 tbsp
. Cut the tapioca into medium to small size pieces. Wash them thoroughly.
. Into a pressure cooker, add in the washed tapioca, salt and some water and cook for about 4-5 whistles. Check whether the tapioca has become soft, or else, cook for another 2-3 whistles more. The basic idea is to get the tapioca soft and mushy.
. In a blender, blend all the ingredients required for the paste and form a smooth paste.
. To the cooked tapioca , add in the paste and mix well on low heat. Check for the salt and add as per requirement. While mixing, mash the tapioca with the back of your ladle so that the entire mix gets to a soft mushy consistency. When done and the mix gets blended well, turn of flame.
. Garnish with coconut oil and curry leaves and leave it covered for a few minutes, so that the steam is within.
. Serve with hot spicy side dishes like fish curry .
Truly divine and yummy…..