Friday, 1 March 2013

Kerala kappa masala (Tapioca masala)

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In my mind I keep thinking I have loads of time and think of taking part in all these cook outs and blog events and such. But then in reality, I am either busy with something or the other or lazy. Being a hard core mallu, I am ashamed at the low number of mallu recipes from down south. Even though I don't make mallu food that often, it is definitely a favourite of ours and I really wished I knew how to make those authentic dishes.

That's when Kerala Kitchen, this group I'm part of on Facebook, decided to do a cook out together. I decided it was the best time to learn some new dishes, and feed my mallu-food-deprived blog some fab dishes from the mother land. But as usual, I waited till the n-th minute to post it. But better late than never right? So here I am with a very popular dish from Kerala- tapioca. Since I couldn't get hold of fresh tapioca, I had to make do with the frozen one. Its not that bad, but if you get fresh ones, that's the best.
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The husband loves it to no end, but not in the mashed sort of way, just boiled and served with some spicy onion-chilli chutney. I on the other hand, am not that big a fan of it, but if I do have it, I prefer the mashed one with coconut and such, served with some spicy curry. This prep. is new to me, and since it is very close to the one I prefer, i loved it. I paired it with a fish curry and dinner was sorted. Thanks Nags for the simple, but tasty recipe. 

Recipe adapted from Edible Garden (serves 2)
Tapioca- 500 gms
Garlic- 5 to 6 cloves
Dry red chillies- 2
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a sprig
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Salt- to taste
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Cook the tapioca till tender. A fork should easily cut through. I pressure cook it with some water for about 10 to 12 minutes. Lightly break/ mash the pieces. (Not too smooth like mashed potato though)
In the mean time, coarsely grind the garlic and red chillies in a spice grinder or with a pestle and mortar.
Heat the oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Add the ground mix along with turmeric and cook for a couple of minutes, for the raw taste to disappear.
Tip in the cooked tapioca and enough salt, stir it all together and cook for a couple more minutes, just to heat through the tapioca.
Take it off the heat and serve with your favourite curry or chutney

20 comments:

Sarah said...

absolutely love the pics - the dark background, the bright yellow kappa, the bright orange fish curry on the side!!!!

Priya R said...

Beautiful shots Nisha :) and I had my eyes on your kappa bowl... looking to see more mallu dishes

Akila said...

Bookmarked... Simply awesome clicks

Veena Theagarajan said...

nice stir fry.. looks great!

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

very very delicious masala dear...

lifescoops said...

Love the props, presentation and the picture!! I wish i could grab that bowl right off the screen..too tempting:) I wanted to participate in the kappa challenge but dint get kappa when i went to indian store the last time :(

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and healthy tapioca masala.
Deepa

Subhie Arun said...

lovely pic...my alll time fav!!!

Raksha said...

Had this in Kerala once. Good one.
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Nagalakshmi V said...

ahh.. in my books, nothing beats this combination. btw, i have the same bharani in my kitchen too :)

Sireesha Puppala said...

Hmmm delicious:)

Swathi Iyer said...

Looks adipoli kappa masala.

Krithi Karthi said...

Beautiful pics! Miss these delicacies here...

Priya said...

Nothing beats this combo, wat a beautiful dish,makes me drool..kappa Masala is my weakness.

divya said...

Looks fab ....so yum and beautiful

Gauri said...

Lovely pictures, a dish very new to me!

Ann Jacob-Chandler said...

Yummo. I love a good mallu recipe and we must catch-up properly. I'd like to know where you source ingredients from, its a mission where we live. Ann x

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Hari Chandana P said...

Wowww.. very very beautiful shots.. looks simply amazing.. great job dear :)

Rafeeda A. Raheem said...

absolutely gorgeous pictures... yummy kappa...

Vineetha said...

adipoli pics Nisha..I too ate kappa masala with fish :)Btw did u bring that bharani all the way from India ??