Dried Tapioca (Unakka Kappa or Vaattu Kappa)
Tapioca is a root extracted from the cassava plant. It is abundantly available in Kerala during the summer season and is called by the different names like 'Kappa' or 'Maracheeni'. The two main tapioca dishes which are popular in Kerala are Chenda kappa (plain boiled tapioca) and Kappa puzhkku (mashed tapioca with grounded coconut). Matured tapiocas are parboiled and dried in the sun so that it can be stored for longer periods. These dried tapiocas are called by the name 'Unakka Kappa' or 'Vaattu Kappa' (dried tapioca). During winter season these dried tapioca or Unakka kappa is normally used for the preparation of 'Kappa Puzhukku' or Tapioca with grounded coconut mixture. Fish curry and kappa puzhukku is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Kerala cuisines.