Monday, 7 January 2008

Kappa Chips

I think the most famous chips in Kerala is the Banana chips .

After this it is Tapioca Chips. You can buy them every where. When ever I go to Kerala i buy both of them. My husband and daughter loves them too.
While i was making them they started popping into the kitchen and eating them, i had to tell them, keep off I have to take picture for the blog.

It is the first time I am making this chips. Every time I had to wait till I am in Kerala to eat them. As i always thought I coudn't get the tapioca here.
But then last month I saw this post in Cynthia's place and there is was CASSAVA. While looking to the picture I was saying to myself Hey this looks like the Kappa/Tapioca we get back at home.
I suddenly had this flashing image of me seeing CASSAVA when ever I went to Chinese super market but always ignored.

But I never put the connection that it was Kappa ( I know i know really stupid of me )So this week when i went to the chinese supermarket you all can guess what i bought, the famous cassava/tapioca/Kappa keeping in mind that it is RCI Kerala which is hosted by Jyothsna of CurryBazaar


Kappa




Deep frying


Ready to crunch

Ingridients.
Kappa/tapioca/Cassava - 2 Skin removed and slice them thin
Oil for frying
Few curry leaves
2 tsp salt mixed with a bit of water

Method.
Heat the oil in a wok. Add the Kappa pieces and deep fry them. Don't over load them, then it won't get crispy.
When then are fried add few curry leaves to the wok and sprinkle with salt. Drain them and enjoy.

59 comments:

Asha said...

Haha!! That's what happens. They have this English name and we have our own name for particular veggie. We don't realize until we see then for real!:)
I think we call it Kesavu, a root vegetable. Glad you found your fav at your place, now you can enjoy them at home!:)
Looks like a great snack for Winter. Yiu have got Hans hooked to all Indian food, haven't you? Atleast Sha is half Indian!:D
Good one, I will post my own Kerala experiments this week!:)

Sig said...

I love these even better than banana chips... we get the fresh cassava here too, I don't buy them often, since the frozen ones are easier to handle, they are already peeled you know :)...

Sig said...

Hey, I didn't wish you Happy New Year! This is your first post this year isn't it? Wish you a wonderful 2008, Happy Cook!

Laavanya said...

I love the taste of tapioca chips and used to eat quite a lot when in Singapore. Never tried making these at home. Thanks for the recipe.

Happy cook said...

Asha yeah i do agree and to say for the last 17 years i had to wait till i went back home to have these delicious chips.
Yeah Hans do love Indian food. He adores mango pickles and even the curd chillies we can fry.
Shyama she loves all kind of food except for veggies ;-)

Sig thankyou for the New year wishes you are so sweet :-)
I too love these chips. My hubby and daughter love these kappa chips more than the banana one.
Well i am a eat head i love them both :-)

Richa said...

such a yummy treat! liked the decoration as well :)

Rina said...

Happy, this is a cool entry. I love these chips. I don't think we get them in Andhra. But enjoyed them alot in Chennai and Nagapattnam.. Thanx for sharing . Receipe noted dear. Sure to try when next time I pick up this root..in my grocery shopping.
BTW, Happy New year..

remya said...

thats a cute entry for RCI...very authentic...i love these chips wid tea...perfect for this season....COOL DEAR

Meera said...

Happy:
Both Banana and cassava chips are my favorites!! Thanks for sharing

Happy cook said...

Richa Thankyou

Rina Do try them. They are really easy to make and delicious too.

Remya thankyou.

Meera Join the club they are mine too :-)

vimmi said...

U resemble one of my best friends back in India, Rohini. Whenever i see ur photo on ur blog, my thoughts go back to my days in India. BTW the chips look yummy.

bee said...

i remember on one of our trips to moonar, in most of the pics, jai is clinging on to a packet of kappa chips. he refused to let go of them. we love them.

Seema said...

These r yummy chips. I love them.. Yes i too buy when we go to Kerela....These vanish off quite fast from my pantry! Making fresh at home - Happy cook - i am sure no one can resist it!

Rajitha said...

love tapioca chips better than banana chips..actually no comparison..i love these..i tolerate them ;)..and i hear you on looking at things and not clicking!! i was the same till a year back i wisened up that these were kappa!!and happy new year to you and your family!!

meeso said...

I never had these, but I can believe they are good!

Jeena said...

These crisps look amazing! I have never used cassava root I have only ever used the tapioca flour or pearls. It made me laugh when you spoke about your hubby and daughter keep coming in and eating the chips. :-) Great post!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

cool!!! thanx for the info... Didnt know about Cassava either! :)

Rachel said...

Hehe..cassava..and I thought kappa was tapioca in english!!!

Hmmm kappa is my comfort food..and the chips are something that I cannot stop with just one :))

Ti said...

this is very famous in my country too (Indonesia) we call it "Singkong", hopefully i take a picture of the tree, when i go back there on feb

Nags said...

wow! kappa chips.. its been so long since i had some of these :) nice one!!

Seena said...

Happy, since few days am forcing hubby to buy some. It is great as winter evening snacks with tea, in any form chips or puzhungiyathu..:D
love love love it!!!

Bharathy said...

You were talking abt..and what is this??A Real Torture from Belgium!!:)
I have not tried making kappa chips as it is not that easy to slice them.Great job HC.You have made it seem so easy.Will certainly try it :)

Kamini said...

These are my fave chips too. Even more than banana.. Nice entry.

Daily Meals said...

Love the dolls and chips. Nice entry Happy Cook!

Happy cook said...

Vimmi you mean to say i've a twin sister back in Inda :-)))

Bee I can understand why jai was hanging to the packet of chips they are really addictive isn't it.

Seema when ever we are in my moms place the first thing we buy are these.

Rajitha I am sure i will still come up on something which i have seen in the shops and still not clicked.

Meeso they are delicious.

Jeena thankyou. It is funny when oone make fried food they come to the kitchen to eat them.

Remya you too didn't know. Well we are learning by blogging :-)

Happy cook said...

Rachel i do agree you can't stop with one. I made a lot of chips but it vanished the same afternoon and we are only with three

Ti i didn't know they also had this in Indonesia.

Nags you didn't eat them when you were in holiday last month.

Seena i too love puzhungiyathu but my hubby and daughter don't like them so i made the fried chips as i know we all will enjoy

Bharathy Ha ha i am glad i can tortue you from here. You know how many times i came back to your place for drooling to your dish ;-) do make them at home they were reallt easy.

Swaroopa said...

cool recipe!! will give it a try...happy new yr, dear.

Rosie said...

Hi Happy Cook, gosh I am pleased to *see* you back and atart viewing your amazing creations!!

Do you know I have never had any of these chips before! They must be excellent especially when the family kept coming to try before you'd taken a pic :D

Rosie x

Padma said...

Wow I so much love munching on these chips, thanks for ur post...I will make it this weekend...

I wish u & ur family a very Happy New Year!

Susan said...

It IS all in the name! LOL! I have always hated tapioca b/c I've only known it as the pearls used in pudding and bubble tea. Now I find out that it is cassava, the chips of which I LOVE! Great illuminating post.

Dhivya said...

Happy New Year HC

I have never made these chips...I have seen cassava too although like you said never thought twice! Guess will add this recipe to my draft and make them pronto :)

Sagari said...

I dont know about that vegetable very new to me nice chips happycook

Superchef said...

hmmm...i love these chips...these n potato chips r my fvs..not so much a fan of banana chips..

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi
I love the famous Kerala banana chips. We get it here in Botswana in both the flavours - sweet as well as salty ones.But kappa is an revelation....Did you also use coconut oil for this ?
I also tried to some b'day cake in the new year - powerpuff girls.Do have a look, whenever you can.

Dhanggit said...

me too, i didnt know they arer all he same..kappa, cassava..they also call them manioc in france.hehehe, anyways this kappa chips of yours are "poppinly delicious & crunchy"!!!

ps, dont know too if i already gave you my new years message..well all the blessings and more delicious culinary adventures for 2008!! kisses

Happy cook said...

Kamini and Daily meals and Swaroopa thankyou

Rosie thankyou for you sweet words, it has to be sweet comming from a baker :)
This chips is one of the speciality from kerala where i come. Even in some places of India we don't get it.

Padma thankyou? yeah if you start eating them you can't stop till it is finishes.

Susan and here i was thinking i was the only one din't know the different names. I have found out after posting the recipe there are lot of ppl like me. I have had chips but never pudding :-)

Divya thankyou for the wishes and they are really easy to make

Sagari I guess this root vegggie is more popular in South

Superchef tthey are mine too but i like the banana one too


Anamika when i made the banana chips i used coconut oil but this i used simple oil as my stach of coconut oil is almost finished.

Dhanggit yeah i have heard they call it manioc in french. Well i still didn't put the connection. Thanks for the wishes

AnuSriram said...

gr8 entry for kerala cuisine... Munching chips and watching TV is always a habit for me... I have tried this chips before, but i could not cut them in perfect round shape as there was a thick root going inside this kappa. How did u cut that? Any tip?

Happy cook said...

Anusriram Well the one i bought didn't had the root inbetween. I know in some kappa they have it. Have no idea how to remove them.

Cakespy said...

How very delicious! I love it!

bhags said...

I never had these chips before...:(
I think i need a much awaited vacation to kerala to taste all these delicacies....or a visit to ur home..:P

Thanu said...

First time at your blog.Very well kept blog you have.Varied recipes.This chips were always bought home whenever my inlaws returned from Kerala. Hubby loves them . Nice picture . Happy blogging and a Happy New Year!

MR said...

very authentic entry!!
kappa chips looks too tempting too!

Taste of Mysore said...

Hi Happy, Happy New Year to you! Btw wanna pop thos chips right away from those pics. Tapioca is used in many chinese dishes. They eat sago in their desserts. We get plenty here in Singapore.

Mansi Desai said...

I'm so enjoying reading all these colorful and informative posts about Kerala:) great recipe HC!

btw, I'm hosting a new event this month...would love for you to participate:)

Ticket said...

I've had these before, and this is a fabulous way to put it together. I post recipes on my blog over at http:///www.epicureforum.com and I'd love to see some more traditional ethnic recipes over there.

KayKat said...

Happy New Year!

Mmm ... tapioca chips - I gorge on these everytime I go to Palaghat.

Aparna said...

Your chips look good.
I have never bothered frying them at home because I have this place not far from home where they fry the stuff (chips and sticks in salted and spiced versions) and and banana chips as well ( thin and salted and sweet types)every evening. So we get the frshest and crispest chips.
I will miss them if I leave here!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Lovely presentation for the event HC!!!
You have made it just perfect!
I tried once but the tapioca I bought had root kind in the middle which really was giving a hard time to slice for the chips!!
I think I should try another time with a young root!

shriya said...

Wow! I love those chips,those are my favorites but the sad thing is we don't get kappa here.It's a perfect snack for the evening.Nice recipe. :-)

chithra said...

wow! tht was looks wonderful..

Happy cook said...

Cakespy Thankyou

Bhags I am sure you will enjoy the holiday in kerala.

Thanu thankx for visitng the blog. In my home all of us enjoy these chips

Mr thankyou

Taste of mysore yeah the chips are long finished here too but when i see the pic i too want to pop them to my mouth.

Manasi Desai thankyou. And would love to join your event.

Ticket yeah these chips are indeed really delicious. Will check out theplace u mentioned

Happy cook said...

Kaykat Well then We are the same I too hogg them when i am back in Kerela

Aparna Wish i was living were you are living just to eat these chips so fresh.

Rakh's Thankyou. Yeah i guess i was lucky in getting young root


Shriya check around i too thought i didn't get these in my place but then i found them in a chinese store

Chitra thankyou

Mishmash ! said...

Ur pics inspire me to buy some tapioca and fry up some chips but I am trying to avoid deep frying after all that holiday cooking...i like kappa,banana chips but fav is chakka chips :)

Shn

Maryann said...

I love visiting your site. There are so many new foods you introduce me to. Thanks :)

Happy cook said...

Mishmas I too was thinking about the chakka chips when i was making this one. Well I really have to say i've never ever seen chakka here other than in tinned.
After the holidays i am also trying to less in heavy food .

Maryann thankyou. Love your visit too ;-)

Flanboyant Eats said...

wow! we use cassava (yucca) root a lot too in our food! yucca chips great though now i need to come up with an appropriate dip/sauce for them! we should try that!

good eatin'!

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sandhya said...

I really love these. Never thought of trying these at home but your pics have inspired me to try these...

Vrinda said...

First time here..i lov these kappa chips than banana chips..will keep visiting...

Food,Health and Beauty said...

now this one i cud never resist eating, tho not being from south of india but always love the food at ma friends' place. I am really feelin lucky to stop by here :) loved ur Blog :)