Stir-Fry Tapioca with Saffron

I have been inundated with work and house chores lately. Sneaking a breather is beginning to be more of a luxury, especially with a mobile little munchkin exploring the world to her heart’s content. This blog, initially started as my anecdotes and virtual ‘happenings’ has piqued The Husband’s interest to the extent that he is showing off his own culinary skills to ‘compete’ with me. Not that I’m complaining. Sometimes I welcome a break from the kitchen with sheer delight,  and it is nice to be pampered with delicious food once in a while;-)
You would be glad to know that this post, from recipe to pictures are exclusively my husband’s. I play no role in it, I even suggested that he could probably do my first guest post! Without much contemplation he says that he shall stick to lawyering instead:P. So here I am,  after his persistent nudges, I am posting my husband’s recipe, his all time favourite tapioca with fenugreek. Even though I was initially skeptical when he came home with some humongous, rustic looking tapioca one fine Sunday, I was well impressed with how well this dish turned out. We thoroughly enjoyed it with some rice and chutneys.
On different note, I received my first blog award from Ms Wan from Cooking Varieties. It totally made my day! Thanks a lot Wan, for the appreciation and the little joy it brings, especially for a newbie like me. Food blogging is really a warm community with kindred spirit that I would be very happy to be part of, and contribute to. Ms Wan is already a veteran amongst the food bloggers. Her interesting food blog laced with a lot of health benefits, recipes and guest posts would appeal to many readers, from all hook and corner of the world. Receiving the Reader Appreciation award from Ms Wan is such an honour. Those who have not been to her blog, do hop over here.
Without further ado, let’s enjoy the tapioca, a refreshing yet spicy dish.

Stir-Fry Tapioca with Saffron

500g tapioca-cut into 1 inch cubes
4 shallots-sliced thinly
1 tsp mustard seeds
a handful of coriander leaves
1 inch ginger-grated
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp turmeric
3 green chillies-chopped
a pinch of salt
few twigs of curry leaves
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
few strands of saffron-soak in warm water


Boil the tapioca cubes until 3/4 done.
Whislt the tapioca is boiling, heat the olive oil in a wok. Add in the mustard seeds until they splutter. Add the grated ginger, fenugreek and curry leaves; fry until fragrant and add the shallots.
Once the shallots are golden brown, add green chillies, saffron with the water and turmeric. Finally  drain the tapioca ( do not throw the stock just yet) and add into the wok. Simmer on medium heat. If the tapioca becomes too dry, pour some tapioca stock to give some moisture. Add the coriander leaves and turn off the heat.
Serve warm.

Note: Submitting this recipe to The Kerala Kitchen and Priya’s Now Serving; Cooking with Fenugreek, the event is  the brainchild of Kiran of Sumadhura.


  1. says

    Hi jehanne, this tapioca looks and sound delicious from the photos and ingredients – very flavorful too with those spices and cilantro. must try this out, cheers to your very supportive hubby. we do have lots of tapioca, as you already know :)

    many thanks for highlighting my blog here, really appreciate your kind thoughts.
    You may,later in time, giveaway this award to 6 deserving bloggers- whenever you feel they are deserving of this.

    to me its not how long i know someone, but how good i feel about the person and i hope to be great friends with you in the virtual world of cyber :) all the best to you in blogging.,

  2. says

    thank you girls for the lovely comment:-)

    Rebecca: thanks for popping by; I’ve always loved baking, then decided to blog when I started maternity leave (1 yr here, yippee!) so I can use the scalpel in the kitchen instead! Will be back to work very, very soon so I hope I would still have time to blog then..and mind you, your SIL will vouch that our working hours is much reduced now.

    pickyeater: thanks for popping by, keep visiting:-)

  3. says

    Thanks for sending in this wonderful tapioca stir fry to Kerala Kitchen. About the July roundup query, I am also waiting for it, sorry I have no clue.

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