kappa puzhukku
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kappa puzhukku

kappa puzhukku is seasoned, spiced and mashed tapioca root. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: main course, side
Cuisine: kerala, south indian
Servings: 3
Author: Dassana Amit


for cooking kappa (tapioca root, yuca)

  • 1 tapioca yuca kappa or 500 grams
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required

for tempering mashed kappa

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pearl onions or shallots
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 1 green chili , chopped
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated coconut


cooking and mashing kappa (tapioca root)

  • take 1 tapioca yuca kappa or 500 grams. rinse it in water first.
  • then peel and chop the kappa. rinse again in water.
  • place the kappa pieces in a pan. add ½ teaspoon salt or as required.
  • add 2 cups water. cover the pan with lid and cook kappa on medium flame.
  • in between do check. cook kappa till tender.
  • a fork or knife should easily pierce through the cooked kappa pieces.
  • drain all the water from the cooked kappa.
  • mash with a potato or vegetable masher. keep mashed kappa aside.

tempering for kappa puzhukku

  • heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a small pan or tadka pan.
  • add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds. let the mustard seeds crackle.
  • then add 1 dry red chilli, 1 green chili (chopped) and 7 to 8 curry leaves. fry for a few seconds till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.
  • next add 2 tablespoons chopped pearl onions or shallots. you can even use regular onions.
  • mix and begin to sauté pearl onions. sauté onions till translucent.
  • then add 1 to 2 tablespoons grated coconut. mix well.
  • switch off the flame and add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder. mix again very well.

making kappa puzhukku:

  • pour this tempering mixture in the mashed kappa.
  • mix everything very well.
  • lastly drizzle 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • mix again.
  • serve kappa puzhukku as a side dish with a kerala main course or with ulli chammanthi, kerala coconut chutney or red chilli chammanthi. you can even have it plain.