Ria's Collection: Kappa Kuzhachathu / Mashed & Seasoned Tapioca - A definite food on board!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kappa Kuzhachathu / Mashed & Seasoned Tapioca - A definite food on board!

As promised in my last post , this one is loaded with pics from my recent trip to Pallikuttumma :) We always have family get togethers! My family on the maternal side is HUGE with 72 members and is growing stronger!! :D We always seem to have some sort of a get together... weddings,baptisms,birthdays,anniversaries and even if there is nothing we create a reason to come together and have fun! I really din't think I would be able to make it with my 'swollen ankle' but I did and I have to say I'm GLAD that I did ( inspite of all the 'painful' moments of limping!! ;P)
The main attraction this time was the 'house boat' trip! It was my nephew Rohan's 1st birthday and it was celebrated 'on board'! :) Must apologise for not including any of the birthday celebration snaps as my cam was downstairs and I had no means of getting it upstairs with my ankle. But I managed to click some when I could :) One of the main/must have food on such a trip is 'Kappa Kuzhachathu' with a spicy Kerala Fish Curry!! It's usually the main food in 'kallu shap' ;D which means TODDY SHOPS and they are seen every 100 mts in my 'motherland':DWhen I got back from the trip Amma was making this dish at home! It's perfect during rains! It's been raining in Kannur since 3 weeks... continously!!

Kappa Kuzhachathu/Mashed & Seasoned Tapioca

Tapioca -500g
Salt-to taste
Water for boiling tapioca

Grind together:
Coconut, grated -1 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 3-4 (depending upon your spice tolerance)
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

For seasoning:
Dry red chillies, torn - 4-5
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Coconut oil - 4-5 tbsp
Shallots -5-6, cut into rounds
Curry leaves- 1 sprig

  • Peel & wash tapioca. Chop them into bite sized chunks making sure the centre strand of root is removed and boil in plenty of salted water.
  • Drain the boiled tapioca.
  • Grind together grated coconut ,green chillies and turmeric powder.
  • Take a heavy bottomed vessel .Add the boiled tapioca & the ground ingredients. Mix well. Mash lightly ( Do not make it pasty)
  • Let it cook on medium flame for 3-4 mins so that the raw taste of the ground ingredients is no more present.
  • Check for salt.
For the seasoning:
  • Heat oil.Splutter the mustard seeds & add the remaining ingredients. Fry till the shallots turn light brown.
  • Pour this onto the mashed tapioca and mix well. Serve hot with any spicy fish curry or have it as is.
Now is the time for the much spoken trip pics! :) I stayed with my Amma's twin sis & family for a night in their estate bunglaow in Kothamangalam,Eranakulam Dist (Cochin). They have been running a homestay at their estate for about 7 years now. It's called the Mundacakal Plantation Homestay and they have been given 'Diamond' rating by Kerala Tourism Board and have been recieving rave reviews by many ! They appear in almost all international tourist guides.

Click on the pic or here to check their website! Make sure you book ahead incase you want to stay with them because they are usually booked completely 8-9 months ahead!! :D

Now starts the journey! :)

I know I know there weren't many pics... but something is better than nothing right?? :P

Hope y'all have a great day!!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This recipe is very original and appealing! Until now, I've only made sweet tapioca recipes... thanks for the beautiful shots!



Divya Kudua said...

Whoa..that place looks awesome..:)

Did you have those fish-cooked-in-the-houseboat stuff..?? Vallakkari or something??

Kappa puzhukku is an all time favorite.I brush aside hubby's comments that Kallu-shap kappa is divine,whenever I make it.

Here's my version - http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com/2009/02/kappa-puzhukku-tapioca-cooked-in-ground.html

Aparna said...

Much as we like this, it has become a bit of a delicacy. We don't get Kappa in Goa!!!

And someday I shall go see Kuttanad. :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Such a gorgeous place!! You're lucky that you can go there as often as you like :)

Shabs.. said...

the shots of tapioca n chillies are really good....did u do some extra lighting?...nice post...got my mail?if not,it must have gone to junk...chk it out....

Maria said...

beautiful pics Ria!! kappa kuzhachathu/vevichathu is my all time fav :) your aunt's place also looks very beautiful, lucky you!!

Sakshi said...

Thanks for that link to the homestay...definitely it's on my list on our next trip to India...hey if I go there will you cook this Kappa for me or do I have to go to the Kallu Shaap for it?? hee will have to find a good reason to tell M why I am taking him there...

Awesome pics

Ivy said...

The bungalows look beautiful and thanks for sharing your pictures.

Yasmeen said...

Yummy tapioca delicacy.Family get togethers are always such fun.The place looks beautiful.And hope your leg is feeling better now. hugs:)

Ann said...

Ria,thats my fav dish ever with some hot fish curry..missing home seeing all your pictures
very happy seeing your blog..its so cool..am adding you Ria..Keep rocking

Divya Vikram said...

Pretty pictures of the boathouse!! And the dish looks authentic and yummy!

Lori said...

Great recipe! When you are referring to tapioca is that the root veggie. We have mandioca here (manioc, yucca, cassava) and that is what they make the tapioca from. I will have to try making it like this!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Kappa Puzhukku is my all time favorites. Looks delicious.Awesome pictures :)

Parita said...

Gorgeous clicks, looks fantastic!

Smitha said...

Nalla ugran fotos Ria. The food and the houseboat pics are great.Would love to visit sometime,

Nithya said...

The pics look too good. The dish is authentic and tempting. :)

I am not sure if I was here before. But pretty sure that I will be here often from now. :)

Ria said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Aparna-I hope you got my message on twitter!:)

Shabs- nope! no extra lighting! :)

Ann-Thanks a ton! :)

Smita-Thanks :)

Nithya-Thanks for stopping by! And yes, I hope to see more of you! :)

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