This is a simple to make Tapioca preparation. Absolutely tasty with fish curry especially sardines curry or chammanthi (dry chutney). This could be consumed without any side dish as well.

      It is a Nadan style Kappa preparation. Easy to make in a jiffy. Can be eaten as a breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. This preparation is healthy when compare to other Kappa preparations as it does not contains coconut in it. Flavored with curry leaves and fried red chilli. Simple yet a delicious preparation.

Kappa/ Tapioca Dishes


Tapioca, cut into small pieces- 400 grams (3 cups)
Dried red chilli, broken-2
Onion, chopped- 1
Green chilli, slit- 1-2
Curry leaves- 2 strands
Mustard seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Oil- 2 teaspoons


  • Heat water in a pan; when it comes to boil add the tapioca and salt.
  • Cook the tapioca till it becomes soft to touch but not mushy and should hold its shape.
  • Heat oil in a pan and the mustard seeds and dried red chilli.
  • Once it splutters add the onion, green chilli, and curry leaves. Fry in oil till the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add turmeric powder and a tablespoon of water to avoid the turmeric from burning.
  • Add the tapioca pieces and mix well. Add salt if required.
  • Once the onion mixture is well coated with tapioca put off the gas.
  • Serve with fish curry or chammanthi.