Mashed tapioca Kerala style (cassava)

Cooking time: 15 min. / 15 min.Difficulty: easy


The most frequent side dish in India are for sure all kinds of flat breads or rice. At some parts of India, you can get something like mashed potatoes. But it is not potatoes but tapioca. Flavoured by various kinds of spices depending on the region. The main ingredients for Kerala style recipe are coconut and curry leaves. This recipe I have learnt in one fishing village and we ate it in style, on the roof.


Peel tapioca and cut on pieces (like for mashed potatoes).

Put into a pot with salted cold water, bring to a boil and boil till soft.

Mash the potatoes.

Put all the other ingredients into a blender and blend coarsely. Mix into the mashed potatoes. Add coconut oil.

Cook the mix a few more minutes on a very low heat, that the ingredients are not completely raw.



For 4 portions:

  • 1 kg tapioca
  • salt
  • 1 tbs coconut oil

Mix for blending:

  • 1 cup grated fresh coconut 
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 red shallots
  • 1-2 green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 5 curry leaves

Authentic tools needed:

  • blender
  • clay pot
  • Tapioca sold on traditional market in Kerala, India - by Authentic World Food
  • Spices, turmeric included, sold on traditional market in Delhi, India - by Authentic World Food
  • Sunday family lunch on the roof of their house - by Authentic World Food