Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tapioca cubes in baby onion & coconut curry

We call this kappa-kelangu in Tamil, it is cooked until soft and sautéed with south indian standard seasoning - mustard,dals and curry leaves and topped with grated coconut.Tastes yummy with fish curry :) (very very popular with the keralites too.)

This time i tried to make this slightly differently(added onions) and used it as a side dish for chapatis.I loved the watery startchy liquid gravy with baby onions and coconut!

Tapioca is a root that is commonly used in many parts of the world.In our country, it is widely used in the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.The pearly translucent balls-sago balls or sabudhana or javarisi used in payasams is also made from tapioca/casava.Read more about tapioca here.

Even my LM liked it, i didn't give her the sautéed tapioca but i just cooked the tapioca with salt and turmeric and drained the excess water and gave it to her.Since tapioca is a root its completely healthy and completely proteinous!

To make this, I used

Tapioca/kappa 1 no
Curry leaves few sprigs
Baby onions 12-15 nos chopped finely
Coconut oil 2 tablespoons
Grated coconut 2 tablespoon(or more depending on how big your tapioca is)
Turmeric powder 1/2tsp
Red chillies 2 or 3 nos
Mustard seeds 1/2tsp
Urad dal/black lentils 1/2 tsp

  • Peel the tapioca - it has two layers of peels one brown and an inner pink layers.Chop the tapioca into cubes.
  • Cook the tapioca in an open vessel with enough water with salt and turmeric powder.The tapioca is cooked when soft you can cut through the cubes easily once cooked.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds,urad dal,red chillies and curry leaves. Now add the chopped baby onions and fry until soft.
  • Add the tapioca cubes and sautee well in the seasoning.Add required water (about half a cup or this is completely optional).This dish is usually served dry.

  • Cook for another few minutes check for salt and turn off the heat.
  • Serve with chapatis as i did or with south indian fish curry :) or as a healthy protein packed tea time snack!

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