Kappa and meen curry or mashed tapioca with fish curry is one of the traditional and most popular recipes of Kerala. I always want to taste this scrumptious delicacy during my visits to Kerala. Although, tapioca can be consumed with normal chili-onion chutney, but lifted to another level when with spicy fish curry. It is actually a toddy shop or kallu shap recipe where mashed tapioca is served with a spicy fish curry. If you are a vegetarian, please check out our vegetarian fish curry recipe.
I think, ideal combination of kappa is always fish curry, You can increase or decrease the spicy level according to your own preference. I have already posted two fish curry recipes, Kerala fish curry with coconut milk and Meen mulakittathu. Both are good, but I would like to recommend the first one.
Let us see the detailed description of kappa ularthiyathu
- Peel off the skin, wash and chop the tapioca into small pieces.
- Add enough water. The water level should be just above the tapioca. The tapioca pieces should be fully immersed in water.
- Add salt.
- Also add turmeric powder. We can add 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder in order to get good colour.
- Once start to boil, cook covered till the tapioca pieces became soft.
- You can check with a knife or spoon.
- When cooked, discard water.
- Mash with a potato masher or with the back of the spoon and keep aside.
- Take green chilies, shallots and garlic in a mixer grinder.
- Crush it, one spin will be enough. Don't make fine paste.
- Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan and add curry leaves.
- Add the crushed spices.
- Saute till the onions became transparent. You can also saute till the onion turns golden brown.
- Reduce the flame to simmer and add mashed tapioca immediately.
- Mix it well. At this stage there is a high chance to stick to the bottom. The Kappa ularthiythu is ready. Serve with any spicy fish curry or with chutney.
My notes on kappa ulathiyathu
- Select good quality tapioca which cooks fast and mash easily.
- Try to use kanthari mulaku (bird eye chili) if possible. Not available here, so I use normal chilies.
- It is recommended to consume tapioca with a non-vegetarian curry.