Thursday, February 21, 2013

(Amma Cooks) Kappa Avichathu / Vevichathu | Seasoned Yucca Root Mash

Kappa and meen kulambu or loved-ly called as "Kappayum meenum" is a Keralite favorite. Its a staple food of the people of Kerala. But anyone who has had a taste of the two combined can never stop from having another mouthful. It is a match made in heaven. I have never been a big fan of fish curry. Ya, sounds bizarre for a person who hails from a land where fish is cooked everyday in every household. Back home, fish was got so cheap and so fresh and so amma used to make something or the other with fish everyday. And so I hated fish, I hated to see them daily in my plate and so I stopped having them. An exception is the fried sardine. I can have them everyday with breads, rolled in chapathis or tossed with rice.

The second exception is "Kappayum meenum", an all-time family favorite. The one that amma makes can never go wrong both in taste and texture. She always uses anchovies to make the curry and then she mixes it with partially mashed kappa. Oh the taste is to die for. I am salivating it even as I write the post. And to all those who are loving the sound of kappayum meenum, I will put up the recipe as soon as amma prepares it. As of now, its verum kappa vevichathu. A simple, healthy and low calorie dish to go with your evening black tea/coffee. I strongly recommend black coffee with ginger as the flavor complements this dish the best.

~*What U Need*~
Kappa / Yucca Root - 250 gm
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Pearl onions - 10
Red chilli - 2
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Peppercorns - 7-8 (optional)
Salt - a pinch
Oil - 2 tsp

How I made it:
Clean and cut the yucca root into cubes. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles till soft and cooked but not mushy. Cool and mash. Donot mash too much, there should be some bigger chunks. Add coconut and mix when hot. Heat oil in a kadai, temper with mustard seeds, split red chilli, curry leaves, urad dhal and peppercorns if using. Add the chopped pearl onions and turmeric powder and saute till soft. Add the cooked and mashed kappa and mix well. Cook for 2-3 mins and remove from flame.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or meen kulambhu (fish curry).

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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42 comments:

  1. woww..gr8 Vimitha..looks beautiful :)

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  2. hey vimi, this is my one favorite recipe from kerala. i have this post on draft...he he

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  3. One of fav way of eating kappa Vimitha. Like it and love to eat it with kara chutney.

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  4. most wanted dish at home, love to have this with red chili chutney :)
    loved yours

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  5. Oh My God.... I am drooling here

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  6. a new recipe for me.... love to try ...looks great!

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  7. clear shot vimitha.. nice one..

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  8. Wow lovely dish,perfect with spicy fish curry

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  9. Easy & delicious dish..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats corner

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  10. I like the way you have described it Vimitha, makes it more tempting..

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  11. Looks great - love hearing about where you grew up and the fish!
    Mary x

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  12. very nice.. it reminds me of childhood days

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  13. Love the dish....We used to have similar dish made with potatoes.

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  14. Delicious and easy to prepare dish.
    Deepa

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  15. Totally agree, Kappa with Meen curry is any Keralites fav dish and you've nailed it spot on!! Lovely preparation!

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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  16. If I could get hold of some yucca, I would soooo make this! Looks yummy.

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  17. yummy with meen curry,heavenly combo :)

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  18. Triple like, cant have words to say how much i love this kappa vevichathu.

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  19. Oh my goodness!!This sounds extremely delicious...

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  20. Very new..never tried ...sounds delicious...

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  21. Luv this any time I can much. So delicious.

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  22. Love kappa anytime...Simple delicious preparation..

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  23. simply and healthy...very filling dish too

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  24. This recipe is very new to me. It looks very healthy...

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  25. My mom makes almost same way but eat with sugar sprinkled on top,,simply mouthwatering

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  26. Lovely and healthy dish Vimitha.

    today's recipe:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/02/besan-ka-cheela-puda.html

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  27. My fav veggie..
    Tom. i'm gonna buy this veggie..

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  28. this look and sounds so good, I love veggies!

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  29. really yummy... did u know that this month's kerala kitchen challenge is kappa? :)

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  30. this looks delicious, Vimitha, healthy and perfect for some traditional meals!

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  32. I'm not familiar with these dish, thanks for sharing.

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  33. Hi Vimitha, something new to me but it sure look very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    Best regards.

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