Sunday, January 23, 2011

KAPPA VEVICHATHU (Cooked tapioca/cassava stir fry)

This is a traditional Kerala recipe.Kappa vevichathu(cooked tapioca stir fry) with Kerala fish curry has got a unique taste and is one of the staple food other than rice for a Malayalee.


Tapioca/cassava--------------------1 large
Onion----------------------------------1/2 cup,sliced
Garlic----------------------------------3, large cloves,crushed
Green chilly--------------------------1 large, slit length wise
Coconut oil or any oil--------------1 tsp
Mustard seeds----------------------1/4 tsp
Dried red chilly----------------------1
Curry leaves-------------------------1 sprig
Turmeric powder--------------------1 tsp
Salt as needed


  1. Remove the skin of tapioca and cut in to large pieces.Wash thoroughly.
  2. Pressure cook tapioca with needed water,salt and a tsp of turmeric powder.
  3. Now drain and  transfer the cooked tapioca in a bowl and remove the middle fiber and cut in to small pieces or mash it with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Keep it aside.
  4. Then, in  a medium heat pan add a tsp of oil and splutter mustard seeds,dried red chilly and curry leaves.
  5. Next add crushed garlic,sliced onion and green chilly to it.Saute till the raw smell goes.
  6. Now add the mashed tapioca to it and mix it good.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with  fish curry.

Step 4,5

Step 6

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  1. brings back lot of memories. In Chennai, kumaragam restaurant we ordered this dish thinking it is kind of Kerala fish and didnt realise since the waiter was screwing up our orders ,he had english limitations and none of us could speak malayalam or hindi :) Ultimately we enjoyed eating this though we were expecting some sour taste coupled spicy kerala fish ;)

  2. wow soumya,,,!kothiyavunnu!!tempting clicks!!

  3. Yumm, thats a great looking dish,fish curry and kappa vevichathu together makes me hungry..

  4. OMG! I almost went back nearly 10 years, it brings back my childhood memories. Looks very delicious.

  5. Sounds so yummy, great click too...

  6. Thanks for sharing this traditional dish with us...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Kandittu kothiyavunnu,meen curryum adipoli.

  8. that looks incredible..very new n nice recipe!!!

    US Masala

  9. Oh my - we had this when we visited Kerala - so good! We had never seen tapioca cooked as a vegetable before, only those little pearls made from tapioca starch. We liked it a lot - it reminded us of sticky potatoes.

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