Kappa Masala - Spiced Tapioca/ Yucca Root

The members of Kerala Kitchen, a facebook group have decided to cook a traditional dish from Kerala every month. I loved the idea as there are a lot of dishes I would love to make and whats better than a group of fellow enthusiasts cooking together. Nags of Edible Garden selected Kappa Masala as the recipe for this month and its one I  enjoy any time of day.

I make kappa atleast a couple of times every month, but its usually just steamed for breakfast or snack times.  And if I do make a fish curry I make sure to make a little puzhukku, my favorite! Though I have eaten this kappa masala a few times, this was the first time I made it myself. I actually made it thrice this month, the first two times it was almost over before I could take pictures, but the third time I was determined! It was delicious and made the perfect tea time snack.

Kappa Masala

500 gms kappa, tapioca, peeled and cut into cubes
1 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
1 sprig curry leaves
2 big cloves of garlic, crushed
3/4 tsp dried red chili flakes or use while chilies to taste and crush with the garlic
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste

Take the kappa in a large pot and add enough water to cover it well and some salt and cook until the kappa is tender but holds its shape. Drain the water well.
Heat the oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds. Add the urad dal and fry until browned. Add the curry leaves, garlic, red chili flakes and turmeric and fry for a few seconds, take care not to burn the garlic
Add the boiled kappa and salt of needed and stir until everything is well combined and the kappa is evenly coated with the spice mixture.
Remove from heat and serve hot.


  1. Its my favorite one for tea. Simple but totally yum. loved those bowls

  2. lovely clicks dear, kappa looks very inviting...

  3. Woww... looks super amazing and tempting.. awesome presentation too :D

  4. thank you for cooking along. btw, i have that same spoon and fork from world market :)

  5. Great props and clicks dear..love the bowl and the fork...i could not participate in the kappa cook-off :(

  6. love the colors, never had this before but would love to

  7. Give me that bowl, i want to finish it rite now,my midnite craving.

  8. This looks quite exotic to me, and delicious. I will have to look for a commercial source for yucca root . . . otherwise i'm happy to start digging up the yucca in my front yard and cook it!

  9. Kappa, with its starchy sweetness is my all time favourite food. This is a food fit for anytime of the day. Love the colours in your plating.

  10. Kappa, with its starchy sweetness is my all time favourite food. This is a food fit for anytime of the day. Love the colours in your plating.

  11. I recalled growing up feasting on yucca root. Your version looks so tempting!


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