You cannot not have Kappa Vevichathu and Meen Curry on your trip to Kerala. This perfect combo is your remedy to authentic and delicious Kerala food.
Let me share some facts before I start talking about the preparation of Kappa Vevichathu. These days, this dish is served in all the resorts and five-star hotels in Kerala. As I mentioned, Mashed tapioca and fish curry is one ultimate combo which you can't resist! However, the irony is that, it was considered a poor man's staple. Yes, indeed! Back in those days, Kappa or tapioca was a perfect substitute for those who couldn't afford rice. And now, it is served in a silver platter at exorbitant prices.
Malayalees across the world crave for traditional Kappa dishes. I know that for sure because the husband get these cravings some days. The man isn't really particular about the food that he eats. Thanks to his two-decade long life in the Army, he can survive on anything. But on these Mallu food craving days, we list down the things to eat on our next visit to Kerala. Oh, yes. More than the places to visit, this is a checklist that we follow. Nope. Not joking!
The two popular Kappa dishes which you'd find in Kerala are Kappa Puzhungiyathu where the tapioca is only boiled and a tempering is added, and Kappa vevichathu where the tapioca is cooked and mashed with coconut and other spices. While the former has my heart, the latter is available in almost all the restaurants and toddy shop across the state making it an absolute favorite for every Malayalee.
How to Prepare Kerala Style Kappa Vevichathu
Clean and cube tapioca. Boil tapioca in a pot of water and strain. Fill the pot with hot water again and bring to a boil. Season well and let the tapioca cook. In the meanwhile, coarsely grind grated coconut, green chillies, garlic cloves, cumin seeds, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Make a well in the centre of the cooked tapioca and add this mixture to it. Mix well until it is cooked, well-combined and mashed.
Prepare a tempering in coconut oil by adding mustard seeds, curry leaves and about a tablespoon of raw red rice. Saute until the rice turn white. Add it to the mahsed tapioca and mix well. Serve hot with the exotic Kerala Style Red Fish Curry.
Kappa Vevichathu Recipe:Print
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My theme for the A to Z Challenge this year is '26 Kerala Dishes that have my heart', where I would share a multitude of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from the Spice Capital of the World- Kerala!
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