Aug 13, 2012

Kappa Vevichathum Ulli Chammanthiyum (Boiled Tapioca with Spicy Onion Chutney)

Kappa Vevichathum Ulli Chammanthiyum (Boiled Tapioca with Spicy onion Chutney)

Kappa ( Tapioca ) is a tubular, rich in carbohydrate omnipresent in Kerala.

If fresh, a cut section of Kappa will look moist and fully white. A bluish tinge or dryness indicate that the Kappa is old and hence not fresh ( won’t cook well ).


Main ingredients

600 g - 700 g (net weight after cleaning) kappa (tapioca)

3 cups water (600 ml - 700 ml)

1/2 teaspoon salt


Cut fresh Kappa to required size after skinning and removing the vein at the centre. Wash and clean well until you get a clear water.

Take diced Kappa in a vessel. Add water- so that all the pieces are fully immersed. Add little salt. Boil till done and soft. Alternately transfer kappa pieces into pressure cooker. Add water and ½ teaspoon salt. Water level should be above 1 - 1 1/2 – inch from the tapioca pieces. Pressure cook till 3 quick whistles or until done and soft. Switch off the heat. Allow the cooker to cool naturally. Open the lid.

Most important : Drain off this cooked water. Don’t use it for any other purpose. Carefully remove boiled tapioca and keep aside.

Ulli Chammanthi (Spicy onion chutney)

Serves: 3


15 shallots (chuvannulli / small onion / sambar onion), roughly chopped

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon oil (highly recommending coconut oil)


Transfer chopped shallots, red chilli powder and salt into a small mixer bowl (blend only for 30 seconds) and make a rough paste (or you can use mortar and pestle to make chutney). Finally, mix with 1 teaspoon oil and serve with boiled kappa.

1 comment:

Suryaprabha said...

Wow!! That's divine!! Always loved this when my mom makes at home... She grinds the chamanthi in ammi..Slurp!!Nostalgic!!