Sunday, April 21, 2013

Unakka Kappa Puyukku and a city to country side alliance



The story revinds back to about 9 years. The city girl gets married to the country side..all green...plantations...cattles...paddy. Wasn't she simply excited just being this close to things which till then , she had just watched on tv. Even a walk amidst the rubber trees seemed super duper cool!.(you get it right?..whom i am speaking..oops, writing about. i, me and myself...actually)

 
 After wedding, its customary that we pay a visit our new relatives, starting the very next day. It was one of those visits and my grand mother-in-law was with us as well. She takes me for a walk round the house...explaining about the different plants..their medicinal benefits..how their generation would live entirely on foods cultivated on their own land. Absolutely nothing purchased so..so..
 
 
Finally, the tour ends up near the stable and she starts on and on about cows....milking...kind of analysing by herself how this particular one would have reduced its milk output.
 

There i was ..not getting something right. My husband joins us and silently i asks him...."why is she speaking about milking this cow?? how in the world can male-cows give milk ??? "
 
His one look and i knew that i was upto some blunder.
 
"what makes you think that this is male and it cannot milk?" - "HE" asks..


 
Not wanting his grand mother to listen and definitely a bit cautious of what she would feel of the newly wed bride...silently whispers ...
 
..well it has horns!!! so, it should be a male....is it not ?? (elephants with tusks are males..so, cows with horns should be males as well....so i believed)

..oopps...!!!

 
years past...i am all used to their surroundings, foods..and this is one staple preparation from that part of the state (kottayam).
 
Unakka Kappa Puyukku
 
Unakka kappa is Tapioca peeled, washed, sliced or diced, boiled and dried in sun. This can be stored for years and when cooked gives out a totally different flavor. Dry tapioca kuzhachathu is prepared in the same way as fresh tapioca kuzhachathu but the taste is entirely different. It goes well with fish curry or red chilly chutney.
Ingredients:
Dry tapioca/Unakka kappa: 3 cups.
Coconut: 1 cup.
Kaantharimulaku: 6 - 7 (the mini red cillies which are super hot)
Garlic: 5 - 6 cloves.
Shallots:4-5.
Turmeric powder: 1 tsp.
Salt.
 
For the seasoning:
Coconut oil: 2 tbsp.
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Shallots: 3.
Dried red chilly flakes.
Curry leaves.
 
 


Method:
Wash thoroughly the dry tapioca and soak them in water overnight.



Grind coarsely coconut, dried chilies, garlic, shallots, and turmeric and keep aside.
Cook the tapioca in pressure cooker for about 2-3 whistles. Release the pressure by keeping the cooker under cold running water. Open and drain. Again put the cooker on low flame and mash the tapioca well and put in the coarsely grinded coconut and salt. Mix well.
 
 

Season with coconut oil, mustard seeds, red chilly flakes,  shallots, and curry leaves. Mix well.

 
 Serve hot with fish curry or chutney.
 
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42 comments:

  1. my tummy is paining with the laughing sona... just reminds of myself, how much stupidity i used to blurt out during our vacations from the uae to home... :D we always cook tapioca as it is, have never heard it this way... luks yummy... :)

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  2. Lols Sona... Can't stop laughing.. This is a new recipe to me.. Never cooked with Tapioca.. Looks easy and yumm :-)

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  3. Nice sharing looks yum..Sona.

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  4. ROFL!!! And loved the pics!!
    And you can store this for years!!! This is great!!!

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  5. Happy to read about your past experience in village .........Drawing of Cow was super ............ recipe was yum.........

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  6. ROFL!! That was fun.
    Love this simple yet beautiful recipe. I should try.

    Also noticed, you have submitted this post twice.

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  7. @ Pavithra, yeah..i know..my posts are coming twice when selected individually. somethings gone wrong with the formatting and i cant fix it :(. but the interesting thing is that the post that repeats twice has got individual reply button enabled. the first one doesnt. wierd!

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  8. Sona, adipoli. oru plate pass cheyyoo

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  9. Haahaaa.. adipoli wit thanee...with diagram :)

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  10. Unaka kappa puzhukku adipoli Sona. Love it.

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  11. WOW..looks fantastic..great clicks

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  12. wow..mouthwatering one,perfect with meen curry!!loved reading the cows with horns,lol!!

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  13. loved it buddy...interesting

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  14. Rofl..cant stop laughing here, lovely experience na.. Unakka kappa puzhukku looks droolworthy and inviting.

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  15. I really miss kappa and your recipe reminds me to cook it soon...Yummy!

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  16. we recently made unakka chakka puzhukku...have u ever eaten that? I'm trying for first time. I love unakka kappa puzhukku though.

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  17. hey sona... do link this to my event... that story is just too good... :)

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  18. Good story can't stop laughing...and ur blog looks so so cute lovely pink color...

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  19. Love the story.Nice curry.

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  20. Ha ha ha... U r really so funny n innocent girl that time... I can understand how u would have felt that time.... Anyhow the curry is great...

    Event: Dish name starts with S till May 30th and a giveaway

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  21. That looks very yummy Sona...

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  22. Thanks for sharing this traditional, regional Indian dish, looks awesome, following u back..

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  23. Hi Sona, love your humour. Your posting made me smiling from east to west. Love the pictures, very nice. I especially love the oppss picture. LOL

    And your tapioca dish look interesting, very appetizing. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  24. Lovely recipe and humorous story !
    I have been trying to follow you back since many days but can't open your page .
    Now I have done that!
    Thanks for visiting my space...

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  25. Sona,

    It was such a lovely post. You made me go back to those days when we had to visit the relatives after wedding and enjoy the feast they prepared. I believe that is the time when the newly wed gains most of their weight hahaha..

    Coming to your post...I never tried making my own unacka kappa version, I make the fresh one...but my Mom makes the unacka kappa ones. Recently I tried the 'Uncka Chakka' and it was good too.

    Sona are you from Kottayam?

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  26. That was funny. No you must be all knowing :-) We grew tapioca in our house for some time, but only made chips !

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  27. Hi Sona , First time here and thoroughly enjoyed reading and going through both your blogs, gladly following you....
    You truely have awesome blogs....

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  28. First time here Sona..Loved each bit of what you wrote there..And such a nostalgic recipe to cherish..Yum !

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  29. Hi Sona,

    Lovely post...Delicious recipe...Happy following u...


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  30. Enjoyed reading this post, lol...

    That's a wonderful dish there, looks awesome and inviting.

    http://kitchentantras.com/chili-pepper-heat-meter/

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  31. enjoyed reading this post.ha ha ha.

    delicious dish.

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  32. Sona! Your write ups are interesting and one could definitely relate themselves while reading!! I did too :)

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  33. Hey Sona... You have such a fun blog!. Loved your write up

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  34. Thats a funny story....Even I had to think twice whether female cows have horn, my grandmother had cows still i couldnt recollect :)
    I never tasted this...but sangathi kappa ayathu kondu taste chodikanda karyam illa ..yumm :)

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  35. thanks all for the likes..lol's...rofl's....and comments! appreciate that you liked it :)..well..this was just "one" of the "bangs" that my husband had to go through during the initial stages of our life :D

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  36. Had a hearty laugh reading the post...delicious puyukku

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  37. Love the recipe and your writing
    http://www.followfoodiee.com/

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  38. Very interesting recipe, never heard this. Nice write up

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  39. Lovely storyteller you are, Sona. I am from Kottayam and I just love this way of doing kappa. Beautiful photography too.

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  40. Looks yummy and lovely.. Great clicks too :)

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Unakka Kappa Puyukku and a city to country side alliance



The story revinds back to about 9 years. The city girl gets married to the country side..all green...plantations...cattles...paddy. Wasn't she simply excited just being this close to things which till then , she had just watched on tv. Even a walk amidst the rubber trees seemed super duper cool!.(you get it right?..whom i am speaking..oops, writing about. i, me and myself...actually)

 
 After wedding, its customary that we pay a visit our new relatives, starting the very next day. It was one of those visits and my grand mother-in-law was with us as well. She takes me for a walk round the house...explaining about the different plants..their medicinal benefits..how their generation would live entirely on foods cultivated on their own land. Absolutely nothing purchased so..so..
 
 
Finally, the tour ends up near the stable and she starts on and on about cows....milking...kind of analysing by herself how this particular one would have reduced its milk output.
 

There i was ..not getting something right. My husband joins us and silently i asks him...."why is she speaking about milking this cow?? how in the world can male-cows give milk ??? "
 
His one look and i knew that i was upto some blunder.
 
"what makes you think that this is male and it cannot milk?" - "HE" asks..


 
Not wanting his grand mother to listen and definitely a bit cautious of what she would feel of the newly wed bride...silently whispers ...
 
..well it has horns!!! so, it should be a male....is it not ?? (elephants with tusks are males..so, cows with horns should be males as well....so i believed)

..oopps...!!!

 
years past...i am all used to their surroundings, foods..and this is one staple preparation from that part of the state (kottayam).
 
Unakka Kappa Puyukku
 
Unakka kappa is Tapioca peeled, washed, sliced or diced, boiled and dried in sun. This can be stored for years and when cooked gives out a totally different flavor. Dry tapioca kuzhachathu is prepared in the same way as fresh tapioca kuzhachathu but the taste is entirely different. It goes well with fish curry or red chilly chutney.
Ingredients:
Dry tapioca/Unakka kappa: 3 cups.
Coconut: 1 cup.
Kaantharimulaku: 6 - 7 (the mini red cillies which are super hot)
Garlic: 5 - 6 cloves.
Shallots:4-5.
Turmeric powder: 1 tsp.
Salt.
 
For the seasoning:
Coconut oil: 2 tbsp.
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Shallots: 3.
Dried red chilly flakes.
Curry leaves.
 
 


Method:
Wash thoroughly the dry tapioca and soak them in water overnight.



Grind coarsely coconut, dried chilies, garlic, shallots, and turmeric and keep aside.
Cook the tapioca in pressure cooker for about 2-3 whistles. Release the pressure by keeping the cooker under cold running water. Open and drain. Again put the cooker on low flame and mash the tapioca well and put in the coarsely grinded coconut and salt. Mix well.
 
 

Season with coconut oil, mustard seeds, red chilly flakes,  shallots, and curry leaves. Mix well.

 
 Serve hot with fish curry or chutney.
 
need some more glance into this city-village bond ???...
in here....@pick quicks

42 comments:

  1. my tummy is paining with the laughing sona... just reminds of myself, how much stupidity i used to blurt out during our vacations from the uae to home... :D we always cook tapioca as it is, have never heard it this way... luks yummy... :)

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  2. Lols Sona... Can't stop laughing.. This is a new recipe to me.. Never cooked with Tapioca.. Looks easy and yumm :-)

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  3. Nice sharing looks yum..Sona.

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  4. ROFL!!! And loved the pics!!
    And you can store this for years!!! This is great!!!

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  5. Happy to read about your past experience in village .........Drawing of Cow was super ............ recipe was yum.........

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  6. ROFL!! That was fun.
    Love this simple yet beautiful recipe. I should try.

    Also noticed, you have submitted this post twice.

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  7. @ Pavithra, yeah..i know..my posts are coming twice when selected individually. somethings gone wrong with the formatting and i cant fix it :(. but the interesting thing is that the post that repeats twice has got individual reply button enabled. the first one doesnt. wierd!

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  8. Sona, adipoli. oru plate pass cheyyoo

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  9. Haahaaa.. adipoli wit thanee...with diagram :)

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  10. Unaka kappa puzhukku adipoli Sona. Love it.

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  11. WOW..looks fantastic..great clicks

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  12. wow..mouthwatering one,perfect with meen curry!!loved reading the cows with horns,lol!!

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  13. loved it buddy...interesting

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  14. Rofl..cant stop laughing here, lovely experience na.. Unakka kappa puzhukku looks droolworthy and inviting.

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  15. I really miss kappa and your recipe reminds me to cook it soon...Yummy!

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  16. we recently made unakka chakka puzhukku...have u ever eaten that? I'm trying for first time. I love unakka kappa puzhukku though.

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  17. hey sona... do link this to my event... that story is just too good... :)

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  18. Good story can't stop laughing...and ur blog looks so so cute lovely pink color...

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  19. Love the story.Nice curry.

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  20. Ha ha ha... U r really so funny n innocent girl that time... I can understand how u would have felt that time.... Anyhow the curry is great...

    Event: Dish name starts with S till May 30th and a giveaway

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  21. That looks very yummy Sona...

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  22. Thanks for sharing this traditional, regional Indian dish, looks awesome, following u back..

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  23. Hi Sona, love your humour. Your posting made me smiling from east to west. Love the pictures, very nice. I especially love the oppss picture. LOL

    And your tapioca dish look interesting, very appetizing. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  24. Lovely recipe and humorous story !
    I have been trying to follow you back since many days but can't open your page .
    Now I have done that!
    Thanks for visiting my space...

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  25. Sona,

    It was such a lovely post. You made me go back to those days when we had to visit the relatives after wedding and enjoy the feast they prepared. I believe that is the time when the newly wed gains most of their weight hahaha..

    Coming to your post...I never tried making my own unacka kappa version, I make the fresh one...but my Mom makes the unacka kappa ones. Recently I tried the 'Uncka Chakka' and it was good too.

    Sona are you from Kottayam?

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  26. That was funny. No you must be all knowing :-) We grew tapioca in our house for some time, but only made chips !

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  27. Hi Sona , First time here and thoroughly enjoyed reading and going through both your blogs, gladly following you....
    You truely have awesome blogs....

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  28. First time here Sona..Loved each bit of what you wrote there..And such a nostalgic recipe to cherish..Yum !

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  29. Hi Sona,

    Lovely post...Delicious recipe...Happy following u...


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  30. Enjoyed reading this post, lol...

    That's a wonderful dish there, looks awesome and inviting.

    http://kitchentantras.com/chili-pepper-heat-meter/

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  31. enjoyed reading this post.ha ha ha.

    delicious dish.

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  32. Sona! Your write ups are interesting and one could definitely relate themselves while reading!! I did too :)

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  33. Hey Sona... You have such a fun blog!. Loved your write up

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  34. Thats a funny story....Even I had to think twice whether female cows have horn, my grandmother had cows still i couldnt recollect :)
    I never tasted this...but sangathi kappa ayathu kondu taste chodikanda karyam illa ..yumm :)

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  35. thanks all for the likes..lol's...rofl's....and comments! appreciate that you liked it :)..well..this was just "one" of the "bangs" that my husband had to go through during the initial stages of our life :D

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  36. Had a hearty laugh reading the post...delicious puyukku

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  37. Love the recipe and your writing
    http://www.followfoodiee.com/

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  38. Very interesting recipe, never heard this. Nice write up

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  39. Lovely storyteller you are, Sona. I am from Kottayam and I just love this way of doing kappa. Beautiful photography too.

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  40. Looks yummy and lovely.. Great clicks too :)

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