Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kappa and meen thala curry/Kappayum meen thala curryum/Toddy shop style tapioca and fish head curry


Kappa  - 1 kg
Turmeric powder -  1 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2
Curry leaves
Shallots, chopped - 2 tbsp
Green chillies - 3 nos
Garlic, crushed   - 2 tsp
Ginger, crushed  - 2 tsp
Oil as needed
Salt as needed


Peel, wash and clean the tapioca  and  cut  into  small  pieces. Pressure cook tapioca with turmeric powder with enough water and salt. Cook for 2-3 whistles.  Drain water from the cooked  tapioca. Lightly mash the tapioca with spoon.

Heat coconut oil in a pan.  Splutter mustard seeds. Add dried red chillies, curry leaves and shallots. When it turns light brown, add green chillies, ginger, and garlic. Now add cooked tapioca and mix well.

Ingredients For Fish Head Curry

Fish head  - 2 kg

Pearl onions   - 1 cup

Green chillies - 2 Nos

Ginger chopped - 2 tbsp

Garlic chopped  - 2 tbsp

Curry leaves

Kokum  -  6 pieces

Coriander powder - 2 tbsp

Kashmiri chilli powder - 3 tbsp

Turmeric powder  - 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds   - 1 tsp

Coconut oil

Salt as needed


Clean and cut fish head into pieces.

Soak coriander powder, chilli powder, and turmeric powder in small amounts of water.

Heat coconut oil in an earthen pot. Splutter mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds. Saute pearl onions, green chillies, ginger, garlic and curry leaves. When the onion turns light brown in colour, add soaked powders. Cook till the raw smell leaves. Now add cambodge along with soaked water. Add extra water if needed. Add fish head pieces and salt. Close the lid and cook for sometime. When the gravy is thick and oil floats on the surface, switch off the stove. Transfer this to a serving dish.

The cooking depends on how big the fish head is. For big fish heads like hamour, it takes 30 minutes.


  1. Looks so yum been, nostalgic combination..

  2. looks so tempting dear....mouthwatering indeed

  3. Hi!... Came across ur blog through the comment section of another!! Will follow ur blog and will be happy if you follow me back. went through some recipes.
    I love fish head...yummy!!
    Would love if u visit my space!!

  4. A Dainty & Countrified.....Tks 4 this nostalgic food.....madam.....



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