Kappa Kuzhachathu and Kochi Style Fish Curry


My dear friend ‘R’ had requested for the recipes of ‘Kappa and Meen Curry’. Therefore, I am posting the ‘Kochi Style Fish Curry’ and ‘Kappa Kuzhachathu’ (as it is known in that part of Kerala). Kappa or Tapioca is a staple food in Kerala. It is served in different forms accompanied with Fish curry, Beef or with Kantharimulaku Chammanthi/Bird’s eye Chilli Chutney. . Once you taste it , you will crave for it more and more! 😛

Kappa Kuzhachathu



Kappa/Tapioca – 1 kg

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Green chillies – 3

Garlic – 1

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1/4 tsp

Small onions – 8 sliced

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Dry red chillies – 3 seeds removed

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Salt – to taste


Peel, wash and chop the tapioca. Put them into a pressure cooker. Add salt and pour enough water. Cook for 5 minutes. Grind coarsely grated coconut, green chillies, jeera, garlic and turmeric powder with some water. Drain excess water from the boiled tapioca and mash them slightly. Add the ground mixture and a cup of water. Mix well and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Adjust the salt and put off the fire. In a pan, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add the small onions, curry leaves and broken red chillies. Fry till the onions turn light brown. Pour it over the tapioca mixture and mix well. ‘Kappa Kuzhachathu’ is ready to be served! 😀

Note: When you buy Kappa, see that they are firm and the inside is white in color. The skin should not be too dry. If you peel the skin with nails, the inside skin should be pinkish. I used the peeled frozen ones which are equally good.

Kochi Style Fish Curry



Black pomfret – 600 gms

Ginger – 1″ piece chopped

Garlic – 2 chopped

Gren chillies – 2 slit

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Tomato – 1 chopped

Kudampuli/Kokum – 3 pieces

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Kashmiri Chilli powder – 3 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – to taste

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Small onions – 7 sliced

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Mustard seeds – a pinch

Fenugreek/Uluva/Methi seeds – a pinch

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp


Clean and wash the fish with salt and vinegar. Slice them and keep aside. Wash and soak the kudampuli in half a cup of water. Take a large pan, put chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, tomatoes, salt and kudampuli along with the soaked water. Add coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and 2 cups of water. Mix well. Keep the pan covered on high flame. When it boils, add the fish pieces, cover and cook on medium flame. Meanwhile, grind the coconut to a fine paste. When the gravy becomes thick, add the coconut paste and a cup of water. Mix gently with a spoon. Let it simmer for 3 minutes more. Adjust the salt and switch off the flame. In another pan, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds and methi seeds. Add the small onions and curry leaves. Fry till the onions turn light brown. Add this to the fish curry and gently stir it with a spoon. Delicious fish curry can now be served with Kappa! 😉

Note: Black Pomfret is the best for preparing this curry. But you can use any fish of your choice. If kudampuli is not available, use a gooseberry size of tamarind soaked in water. Instead of ground coconut paste, you can add thick coconut milk or coconut powder available in stores. Kashmiri chilli powder is milder. If you prefer a very hot curry, use the regular chilli powder.

  1. How are you Lissie? Fish curry looks gorgeous, great combo!:)

  2. thanks for visiting, Asha! i am enjoying my stay in Singapore 😎

  3. I love fish curry of any kind or variety.

  4. thank you cynthia! try this one… you will love it 😆

  5. hi lissie,
    Fish curry and kappa looks mouthwatering..
    how r u?welcome to singapore..so where do u stay?Keep in touch…

  6. thank you prajusha! nice to have a friend in Singapore 😀

  7. Wow girl, what are you doing to me????? 🙁

  8. thank you sig! i know, you would love to have some… 😛

  9. I love the tastes of Kerala. They are the greatest. Your Beef Pepper Fry was the greatest. Just as I remember it. I would like to send you an e-mail each time I need a recipe, so how about replying to this.

    Best regards.

  10. thank you Neville for your compliments!

  11. love kappa with fish.my all time favourite

  12. Good post, adding it to my bookmarks!

  13. Hi lissie, Can we use Salmon instead of Pomfret?

  14. Hi Sapna,

    You can use salmon instead of pomfret. If you don’t have kudampuli, use tamarind.

    Good Luck..