Monday, November 13, 2006

kappa meen puzhukku - Tapioca with Fish

Tapioca, cassava or yuca is known as kappa in Malayalam.Kappa is a popular stable food in kerala.It's a tuberous root, which is starchy and rich in carbohydrates. Also reasonably rich in calcium and vitamin C.
This is a recipe with kappa and fish. Usually it's cooked with fresh fish like sardine or mackerel by my mother. I have tried this recipe with salmon. It tastes equally good, but would always prefer sardine or mackerel.


500 gm - Tapioca
500 gm - Fresh Fish or 1 can of salmon

(If fresh fish is used, cook fish in little water, with little turmeric powder and salt.De bone it.

Coarsely grind

1 cup - Grated coconut
2 - Green chilli
1 inch piece - Ginger
3 flakes - Garlic
1 - Shallot
1/2 tsp - Jeera
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp - Red chilli powder


1 tsp - Mustard
Curry leaves
Coconut oil / Sesame oil


1 ) Peel the skin off the tapioca and diced it into medium size chunks.
2 ) In a pot add the tapioca and add enough water to cover the tapioca. Add a little salt and cook till the tapioca is cooked. Do not over cook . Drain excess water,if any.
3 ) Add the cooked fish to the tapioca and mix in well.

4 )In a blender coarsely grind the ingredients listed. Add to the tapioca and fish.Add salt as required.
5 ) Season with mustard and curry leaves.

This is a wholesome meal in itself. Very filling and satisfying.

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