Kappa vevichathu - Kappa Puzhukk - Tapioca
Kappa vevichathu - Kappa Puzhukk - Tapioca

Kappa/Cassava Root – In olden days Kappa was know as “staple food of poor” in Kerala. In those days due to the high price of rice, labour class people consumed starch rich Kappa as a substitute of rice. But Kappa was not much popular in hotels those days except in toddy shops. But now a days Kappa is the most lovable nostalgic dish for everyone.

Peeled and cut Kappa can be dried and stored for availing for a long period, called as “unakka kappa” (dried kassava).

Variety of dishes can be made from kappa like – Kappa puzhukku, Kappa puzhungiyathu, Kappa biriyani, Kappa chips.

Kappa puzhuk was eaten with “pazham kanji” (rice kept in water over night), chammanthi and fish curry as a breakfast.

Best combination

  • Fish/ Beef/ Chicken
  •  Rice + Moru + Fish curry
  •  Mulak chammanthi

Kappa Vevichathu | Kappa Puzhukk | Tapioca | Cassava Root

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Serves: 3 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 1. Tapioca - 1/2 Kg - Cut into small pieces
  • 2. Coconut - 1/2 Cup - Grated
  • 3. Shallots - 1 1/2 Tablespoon - Chopped
  • 4. Garlic - 1/2 Teaspoon - Chopped
  • 5. Green chilly - 2 Nos
  • 6. Cumin seeds - 1 Teaspoon
  • 7. Turmeric powder - 1/2 Teaspoon
  • 8. Salt - To taste
  • 9. Curry leaves - 2 stems
  • 10. Coconut oil - 2 Tablespoon


  1. Cook tapioca with water and salt and drain excess water.
  2. Crush ingredients 2 – 8.
  3. Add the crushed ingredients, curry leaves and coconut oil to the cooked tapioca and mash well with a ladle. (Add salt if required)
  4. Serve with mulak chammanthi/ fish curry/ beef curry/ chicken curry.
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