Tapioca / cassava is called as kuchikilangu in our kongu region . It is commonly called as maravalikilangu in tamil. As this is widely cultivated in our kongu region it was a common snack in most of the homes.
Tapioca is the root tuber of the plant which is rich in starch, so used to make sago pearls.
Tapioca chips is a famous snack in tamilnadu .as this plant needs less water to grow , it is planted in semidry lands.
My mom told that during her childhood days , they will have this tapioca as the meal for dinner . Nowadays it has become snack due to less production………….
Tapioca – ½ kg
Pearl onions – 10
Dry / Green chilly – 4
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Peel the skin of the tapioca and pressure cook.
Let the tapioca cool and chop into small pieces.
Heat oil in a pan , add the mustard seeds and let it crackle.
Add the chopped onions , chilly and curry leaves . sauté well.
Add the turmeric powder and salt .
Add the chopped tapioca and sauté well .
Cook in low from for ten minutes . Stir continuously.
Serve with hot tea .
Some tapioca roots may take longer to cook.
We make this fry whenever , the tapioca is undercooked.