Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe – Mashed Tapioca Recipe

post modified on January 21

Written by Puja

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe is a Kerala recipe made of mashed Tapioca and some spices and it tastes really well with Theeyal, Pulishery or, moru-curry.

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe

Imagine coming out of your house and being greeted by an array of beautiful and colorful flowers!

Yeah, I know that is a little too much to ask in today’s scenario.

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With living space shrinking and abodes becoming synonymous with flats, gardens and gardening is a far-fetched thought.

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe

Add to it the fact that our lives have become so busy these days and gardening becomes a wild dream for most of us.

Able to relate?

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe

That is exactly what we felt when we moved into our new home. We had a small balcony outside our dining room. And we were actually confused about what to do with it. Like most people, our first thoughts were to cover it and make it like a small sit-out.

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe

Then when we discussed amongst ourselves and thought about our initial plans of buying an independent house just so that we can have an independent garden, we once again had a good look at the balcony which actually was a lot bigger than in most other apartments.

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe

And then we were unanimous in our decision. We decided that this was going to be our small garden.

Then started our plans on how to put it together.

Kappa Curry Recipe

We wanted it to be a combination garden – a kitchen garden and an ornamental garden.

It took us some time to put the entire plan in place and after that started the implementation, which is still going on.

Kappa Curry Recipe

But it’s an exciting experience.

Why I am talking about all this?

Just so that I can tell you that contrary to what you think, gardening can be a nice stress-buster and at the same time change the face of your home.

Kappa Curry Recipe

A couple of days back, when one of our neighbors came to our house and excitedly asked, “Can I have a look at your garden? We have been seeing it everyday when we walk and wondering how it looked from inside”.

Kappa Curry Recipe

The feeling that the two of us had was simply unexplainable.

The colorful flowers lend a sense of peace and you feel so good when you walk out into the balcony that your stress just vanishes.

Check out some of the colorful flowers from our balcony.


Do let me know your thoughts about gardening and about the shrinking space for gardens.

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe – Mashed Tapioca Recipe

Kerala Kappa Curry is a traditional Kerala recipe made with Tapioca also known as kappa or cheeni in Malayalam. There are many other versions as well of making tapioca.

But the one I am sharing today is simple to make, except the peeling part since the skin of tapioca is always hard and thick. Kappa curry goes really well along with:

Ulli Theeyal Recipe

Moru Curry Recipe

During World War II, due to the shortage of food in Southeast Asia, many refugees survived on tapioca.

The cassava plant is easily propagated by stem-cutting, grows well in low-nutrient soils, and can be harvested every two months, although it takes ten months to grow to full maturity. The plant provided much-needed carbohydrates and other nutrients.

Tapioca root can be used to manufacture biodegradable bags developed from a tapioca resin of the plant as a viable plastic substitute.

Not only is it biodegradable, but it can be composted, is renewable, reusable, recyclable and sustainable. Other tapioca resin products include reusable gloves, capes and aprons as per Wikipedia.

kappa curry

Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe

Kerala Kappa Curry is a Kerala recipe made of mashed Tapioca and some spices and it tastes really well with Theeyal, Pulishery or, moru-curry.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 670kcal
Author: Puja


  • 5 cups Tapioca cubed, about 500 gm
  • 1/2 cup Coconut grated
  • 5 cloves Garlic roughly crushed
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Red Chilli Powder to taste
  • 5-6 nos Whole Dry Red Chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • Curry Leaves few
  • 2-3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel the tapioca and wash it properly.
  • Cut into rough cubes by driving the knife in and splitting it off the center of the tapioca.
  • Cook the tapioca in a pan with enough water to cover it by an inch, until the pieces are soft (about 10-15 mins).
  • Drain the excess water and then mash the tapioca well.
  • Add salt to it and give it a nice mix.
  • Now combine the grated coconut, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garlic and mix everything well by using your fingers.
  • Then add ground coconut mixture to it and leave for about 5 minutes.
  • Since the tapioca is hot, this mixture will get slightly cooked.
  • After 5-6 minutes mix everything well by using the back side of a wooden spoon, mash the tapioca pieces while mixing and remove from the flame.
  • Then heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add curry leaves and dry red chilies and pour this to the cooked tapioca and mix well.
  • It is normally served along with fish curry in Kerala but for vegetarian, it can be served along with theeyal, pulisherry or moru curry.


Nutrition Facts
Kerala Kappa Curry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 670 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 141g47%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Vitamin C 65.6mg80%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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