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Kappa/Tapioca Curry and Ayala curry/Fish curry

Kappa/Tapioca Curry and Ayala curry/Fish curry

Tapioca puzhakku and spicy tangy fish curry is very popular in Kerala- a very famous combo.Earlier it was considered as common man's food but today it is served in star hotels and famous tourist attractions like house boats.Tapioca is widely used in Kerala both fresh or dried and there is a wide range of dishes from breakfast to snacks and chips made from tapioca.But this combo of puzhakku and fish curry brings out the authentic taste of Kerala and is definitely the best.

To make Tapioca curry
Tapioca-  1 1/2 lb
Shredded coconut- 1 cup
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Cumin- 1/2 tsp
Garlic-2 pods
shallot- 1
Green Chilly- 4-5
Curry leaves- 2 springs

Remove the skin of the tapioca ( till you see the white part ) and cut into small pieces. Put into a large vessel and pour water to the same level as tapioca. Bring this to a boil and then stain out the water. Again put back the tapioca pieces in stove and again pour fresh warm water .Add enough salt and cook till it is soft and can be easily mashed. (if there is excess water drain it out). Make a paste of coconut, cumin, turmeric, garlic, and shallot into a fine paste.Crush chilly and curry leaves and mix to the paste. Blend till well with the cooked tapioca and simmer for a minute in medium heat. You can also temper with oil mustard and red chillies or just sprinkle a few curry leaves and a few drops of coconut oil on top. Tapioca curry is ready.

Meen curry/Fish curry

Fish- 1 lb
Coconut- 3/4 cup
Shallots- 1/2 cup
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Tomato- 2 small
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- a small ball
Mustard- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 spring.
salt to taste

Clean and cut fish and keep aside. In a pan pour two tsp of oil and add coconut and stir fry till golden brown. Now add onion and ginger and saute till onion turns golden brown. Add all the powder and saute till raw flavor disappears. Add tomato and saute till it becomes soft. Let this cool and then make a fine paste of this mixture.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when it splutters add curry leaves. Now add the paste and saute for a minute. Add one and half cup of warm water and also tamarind pulp. Allow this to boil till you find traces of oil on top. Slide in the fish, lower heat and cover and cook till the fish is done. Serve fish curry with tapioca.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. you got me drooling here Suja. I tasted this amazing dish on our recent trip to Kerala. and simply loved it. yum yum

  2. Ufffff...this is to die for dish,I love the color and picture and I can bet on the lipsmacking flavors you must have achieved with all the amazing ingredinets. Yummyy!!! Suja,you have been tagged in the questionnaire post on my blog today,please check it out:)!!!

  3. delicious combination we make similar wonderful

  4. Kidu aytundutto..kothi vannittu vayya.:)

  5. Yapioca and fish curry makes me drool, very tempting..

  6. Delicious Suja,looks very tempting.

  7. Puzhukku is my hubby's favorite! Of course I make it without the meenkari!

  8. Truly tempting, pass me that plate please..

  9. U got the perfect color...really tempting D:

  10. Enikuvayya....kappa kandittu kothi varunnu....

  11. wow...give it to curry is awesome.watta colour dear.

  12. yummmmmm...kappa and meen curry a fantastic combination. Mom makes it at home. Yours looks so good absolutely irresistible. Nice pics.

  13. ayyo vayil ninnum vellam varunnu suja superbb click

  14. am drooling over here Suja...looks fab..wish to grab that plate right away!

  15. Suja, with each passing post, you bring me a step closer to Kerala!

  16. adipoli fav,,,,and it looks very tempting too..

  17. Sounds and looks superb n very authentic..

    US Masala

  18. ഇന്നലെയും കൂടി കഴിച്ചതെ ഒള്ളു ഇടക്കൊക്കെ ഇങ്ങോട്ടും ഒന്ന് വാ
    മറക്കല്ലേ ഫോളോ ബട്ടണ്‍ വലതുഭാഗത്ത്‌ തന്നെ ഉണ്ടേ

  19. ayoo enikku kothi sahikkunilla all time favorite..

  20. Kidu kidilan..kandittu vayyil vellam niranju.

  21. shooo kothiyayittu vayya..the best combo ever :-)

  22. Yummy recipe and lovely blog...Happy to follow you..

  23. Ugran!!!! control pokunnu!!! yummyyyyyy

  24. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

  25. wow! my all time favourite.. drooling here..

  26. Capsicum chicken vareye njan kanddullu.......!!! December il Post kalude oru peru mazha aanallo?

    Ellam adi poli aayi ttunddu!!!!

  27. Thanks Sharika and Sherly for the lovely comments.

  28. I just love the combo to tapioca and fish..must try this dish


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