Kerala Kappa Masala – Tapioca Masala

At least, I am on time. I finally bought tapioca last Tuesday and came home. We normally don’t buy tapioca due to my umma’s diabetes problem. So it has been quite some time since we have had some. As soon as umma saw the grocery, she immediately ordered my B to get fresh beef from the local grocery. Then she gave me a smile and said, “Ethrayum kaalam kappa biriyani thinitilla, onnu undakko?” (“I’ve not had tapioca biriyani till now, can you make it for me?”) Who can resist kappa biriyani? Finally, I just kept around 700 gms aside and used up the remaining to make the kappa biriyani, the recipe of which will come in due course.
This weekend, I made the Kerala Kitchen challenge for our chai break. The recipe is adapted from Edible Garden, who is hosting this month’s challenge, however made slight changes to the quantities to match our family’s taste. It was appreciated by all. When we normally make kappa for chai, we don’t add the garlic and chilli so that was a tasty addition.  So glad to be participating in this month’s Kerala Kitchen challenge!!!

Kerala Kappa Masala - Tapioca Masala

Course Snack
Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 750 gms tapioca peeled and cut into small pcs
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic paste home made
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes


  • Wash and pressure cook the tapioca along with the turmeric powder and salt till done. I pressure cooked it for one whistle, switched it off and let the pressure go on its own.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in your saucepan. Splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Add the curry leaves, garlic paste and chilli flakes and saute till the garlic leaves out an awesome aroma.
  • Add the cooked tapioca and give it a nice mix till the masala gets coated well.
  • Leave for a couple of minutes on low flame. Switch off and serve hot with a cup of hot chai!!!

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  1. very yumm n authentic masala…

    1. thank u vijaya… 🙂

  2. Delicious kappa masala…love this..

    1. thank u so much shabbu…

  3. my favorite…urs looks yummy ..we usually coarsely grind coconut with shallots,birds eye chillies and a few curry leaves and the rest is the same way as u done…we make kappaum erachium.but we dry roast coconut along with coriander,chilly,pepper,turmeric and grind smoothly without adding water.very tasty…do try this once..

    1. thank u lotus for your suggestions… before this kappa masala, i had made erachi kappa, similar to what you had said… i'd post it but after sometime… 🙂

  4. Delicious masala dear…

    1. thank u saranya… 🙂

  5. delicious and looks yummy..

    1. thank u sona… 🙂

  6. delicious kappa masala…

    1. thank u arthy… 🙂

  7. My Mum's fav!!! Deliciously prepared dear 😉

    1. Thank u so much Sri… 🙂

    1. Thank u Ruxana…

  8. Good that you enjoyed this curry after a long time..
    And thank you dear for visiting my blog and leaving such encouraging words..Keep in touch

    1. Thank u 4 coming by, dear… 🙂

  9. Never made curry with topioca..Love the collection of recipes in ur blog..Glad to follow ur blog..

    1. thank u priya for coming by… will explore ur blog… 🙂

  10. Wow,delicious and easy recipe dear.

    1. thank u so much nisha…

  11. Oohhh so delicious n inviting

    1. thank u so much, divya…

  12. Thanks for dropping by at my space, so because of the cook out ur umma could enjoy some kappa biriyani and kappa masala ..adipoli 🙂

    1. thank u vineetha for coming by… yes, like we say in malayalam, oru vedikku randu pakshi!!! 🙂

  13. love kappa….and yours look delicious

    1. thank u so much sebeena… 🙂

  14. Wnderful recipe..
    Im really honoured to provide u wid the Liebster Blog award..
    Do accept it..& pass it on..

    1. Thank u so much Sajina…so sweet of u!!! So now I've 2 start looking around 4 my nominees… Gr8!!! 🙂

  15. love to have this with kanthari mulaku chammanti 😀

    1. i know priya… 🙂 thank u…

  16. Rafeeda this is a very interesting post coz, I have never tasted tapioca yet:)Will definitely try it out soon in sha Allah!

    1. u shud… actually tapioca is in our blood, i've hardly heard any Keralite who does not say no to tapioca… u can serve it with some chicken curry – it would be delicious!!! 🙂

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