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Unakka Kappa Vevichathu(Dry Yuca Cooked)

Posted by Annita on November 6, 2008

In Kerala,Kappa/Tapioca/Cassava is also considered to be a staple food just like rice mainly because it is inexpensive and is widely available.We could eat Kappa for breakfast,as a evening snack or for dinner.Kappa can be grown very easily,only thing you’ve to taken care is the attack from rats.


Variety of deliccacies can be prepared from fresh Kappa,and the most popular one is Kappa kuzhachathu with meen curry.Unakka Kappa/dry Cassava is not much appreciated when compared to the fresh ones.It is nothing, but tapioca peeled,washed,sliced/diced, boiled and dried in the sun.This can be stored for years and gives out a totally different flavor when cooked.


This dish used to be a regular at my amma’s place in Erumely.Its a very simple preparation and is usually served with Ulli chammanthi or Kanthari Mulaku (a kind of chilly called bird’s eye chilli) Chammanthi.


Ingredients :-

Unakka Kappa/Dry Cassava – 4 cups
Fresh grated coconut – 1- 2 cups(use it according to your taste..I like it with more coconut)
Green chillies chopped- 6-10 (again use it accordingly)
Shallots sliced – 8-10
Salt – to taste
Coconut oil – as needed



Wash the kappa pieces well and soak it overnight or for 8 hours.Drain and add around 5-6 cups water to kappa and allow it to boil.Strain the water and add fresh water to it again and cook kappa until it turns soft.If you’re using a pressure cooker ,cook for 1 whistle.Strain the water again and let the kappa cool.

Take a big bowl and add coconut,shallots,green chillies and salt into it.Mix them together with hand.Add kappa pieces into it and combine them well.Add 3-4 tsps of coconut oil into it and mix them together with hand.Serve with chammanthi of your choice.


Note :-You can prepare Kappa Kuzhachathu (with ground coconut-cumin paste) with Unakka Kappa also.After the kappa gets cooked,follow the procedure of Kappa Kuzhachathu recipe.


Also check out Inji’s Kappa Puzhukku with Unakka Kappa

10 Responses to “Unakka Kappa Vevichathu(Dry Yuca Cooked)”

  1. I remember having this when we visited kerala.nice one.

  2. angela said

    hey i always think of commenting but too lazy i guess……… but i luv ur blog. i think it’s one of the best mal cook blogs. u explain things in a simple yet comprehensive manner. recently did ur chicken vindaloo n it was v v good.
    keep blogging………n thks a ton for the effort……
    best regrds

  3. Bindu said

    hey Annita!

    this looks so tempting and out of this world! thanx. I also wanted you to know, I found cooked frozen chinese potato in one indian grocery stores y’day. The brand is “Daily Delight”. IT is a company that makes lot of kerala snacks frozen. ada, name it. I was so delighted to have found it. I am going to try your koorkka recipe tomorrow itself! yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…..

  4. viji said

    Hi Annita,
    Happy New Year.
    Wov nice dish. I like kappa very much. Sometimes we get fresh one in Market Basket.
    This is also nice idea. I want to try. Nice recipe.
    I want to tell u MY site also lot of kerala dishes & breakfasts there. Whenever get time jus visit.

    I want to add your website too.


  5. Susmitha said

    hi Annita…….

    thx a lot for this recipe…. My hubby loves this dish but every time ask around for this recipe, I just end up getting confused… I even went and bought the Dried Kappa on my last visit, and my Mom-in-law send over a whole load more……all lying untouched till now…. So today is unakka Kappa Day!!!!

    thx a lot!!!!

  6. pumpkinbasket said

    Hi annita

    The recipe is nice, but try putting fried brown rice/ kithari ( fried in coconut oil) which make the kappa more tasty..

  7. salary said

    Aw, this was a very nice post. In concept I wish to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and precise effort to make an excellent article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get one thing done.

  8. Ajay said

    This is a very nice recepie…although to make it work it takes quite a bit of tries..

  9. emilscaria said

    post you leave here ,feeling to back to home with my grand mother

  10. As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

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