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Tamil Nadu Style Tapioca Masala

Tapioca Masala Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 Medium Sized Tapioca
  • 2 onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • ½ tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp Corianer/dania powder
  • ½ cup shredded coconut fresh/dessicated
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ cup oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamon
  • ½" Cardamon stick


  •  Grind the coconut and fennel seeds with little water (about 2 tablespoon) to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • Dry roast the garam masala ingredients. Cool and grind to a fine powder. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in cooking pan. Add the powdered masala, ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves and stir for few seconds.
  • Saute the onions till brown in the tempered oil, about 10-12 minutes. Add the cubed tapioca with little salt and let them cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder. Cook till the raw smell disappears. It would take about 3-5minutes.
  • Add the coconut-fennel seeds paste now and mix them all together well. Pour in 1 cup of water and close the lid. Let them cook for 20-30min till the tapioca turns soft.(Sprinkle more water if necessary). Adjust salt to taste.
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