This is one of the most popular dishes amongst the kayakpattnam people.
- Tapioca – 1 (Medium Size)
- Peel the skin ,clean and cut into medium size pieces.(here I have used frozen tapioca)If its frozen you can used it directly.
- Turmeric powder – 3 tsp
- Green chilli – 1
- Tomato – 1 (small size)
- Tamarind – lemon size
- Salt – for taste
- Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
- Cumin powder – 1 tbsp
- Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp (optional)
- Oil – 2 tsp
- Mustard,Cumin seeds – 1tsp each
- Red chilli – 3 or 4
- Curry leaves – 1 sprig
*Soak tamarind in ½ glass water , extract the juice and keep aside.
*In a pressure cooker,cook the tapioca adding ,turmeric,green chilli,tomato,chilli powder,cumin powder with one cup water.
*While cooking in a cooker ,If its frozen tapioca one whistle is enough ,otherwise 2 to3 whistles may be required to cook.*In a kadai,heat oil,add all the seasoning ingredients and temper.
*To this add tamarind extract(if u need pakadu to be watery adjust water level accordingly).
*When its boiling,add salt and cooked tapioca. Mix well and allow to cook in a simmer flame for few minutes and remove from flame.
*Should not cook tapioca too much , as it will spoil the right consistency of pakadu.
*To get a thicker pakadu, cook in a simmer flame so that all the juice will be nicely absorbed by tapioca which will enhance the taste.
*If you like to add coconut,add it at last stage of the preparation.