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Apr 2, 2013

Kerala Masala Kappa / Tapioca Masala / Marchini Kilangu Masala

I love tapioca, I love the flavour and the richness of it. We often just season the tapioca with spices and have it with a chilli chutney. I also add it to samosas and have it. But this one makes it even more tasty and takes it to the next level. The crushed garlic and chillies add a new dimension to this. So try it and let me know how it turns out...

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves - 4 to 5


Tapioca / Kappa / Marchini Kilangu - 1 large peeled and cubed (around 5 cups)
Salt to taste
Coconut Oil - 3 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku -  1 tblspn
Urad dal / Ulundu - 1 tblspn
Curry leaves a handful
Dry Red Chilli - 6 to 8
Garlic - 5 cloves
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 2 tsp


Take peeled and cubed tapioca in a sauce pan. Add in salt and cook it for 15 mins. Drain it and set aside.

Crush red chillies and garlic in a mortar and pestle and set aside.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in mustard, urad dal and fry for a min.

Now add in curry leaves, crushed garlic and red chillies and mix well.

Add in turmeric powder and mix well.

Add in cooked tapioca and toss well with the masala.


Take all your ingredients

This Tapioca is cooked

Take chillies and garlic in a mortar and pestle

Crush them

Till they are coarsely crushed
Heat oil

Add in urad dal

Curry leaves

Crushed masala

Saute for a min

Add some turmeric

And your cooked tapioca

Mix well



  1. Hey,
    It is nice recipe and of the the dish you have explained is too nice and of different style that too by photographs about frying till the dish is prepared and ready to serve. Nice way of the dish sorry recipe is presented. Thanks for sharing the great recipe. Here i also wanted to share have you ever searched food according to your mood, cuisine etc.., If not Clickfnm.

  2. I love the pestle..Lovely dish . thanks for sharing.

  3. Que delicia, mira que antes no me gustaban ni las especias ni el coco y ahora me encantan estos sabores...besos

  4. looks wonderful.. So perfectly done

  5. Inviting food,wish i live near you.

  6. lovely recipe.. can you give recipe for meen curry (malabar style) to go with this kappa masala

  7. hi aarthi,

    lovely recipe..
    can you post recipe of malabar meen curry along with kappa masala.


  8. Aarthi..just a suggestion.v wud add crushed small onions too along with the garlic , chillies n curry leaves..it really adds go the taste

  9. Hi arthi I love your blog.can you pls show us how to cook banana flower.


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