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Tapioca Snack Recipes (Cassava/Yuka/Kuchi Kelangu Snacks)

Tapioca (Yuka or Cassava roots) is locally called as Kuchi kelangu in Tamil Nadu, India.

Tapioca tubers - healthy recipes
Tapioca tubers

It is a tasty and healthy ingredient used to make a variety of delicious snacks. I have listed my favorite recipes for cooked tapioca tubers and tapioca chips in this post.

Fun Fact: Sabudhana is a starch extracted from these tapioca tubers 🙂

Tapioca snacks

1. Cooked Tapioca

This is the most easiest and healthiest recipe of all the snacks made with tapioca. It is also a very stomach filling dish which can be made in a short time.

Tapioca snack recipes
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  1. Tapioca tubers
  2. Salt – as needed
  3. Tempering items (check the process in my earlier post)


  • Peel the skin and wash the tapioca tubers.
  • Simply cut them into small pieces and cook using a pressure cooker.
  • Temper the cooked tapioca and add salt to taste, and you are good to go!

Tempering process is explained in my post ‘Coconut chutney‘ for beginners.

Also read: Coconut Chutney recipe in simple steps

tapioca recipes

2. Tapioca Chips

Tapioca chips are famous worldwide and are favored over potato chips by the calorie-conscious folks. These chips are also very easy to make.


  1. Tapioca tubers
  2. Salt – as needed
  3. Chilli powder – as needed
  4. Cooking oil – 300 ml


  • Peel the skin and wash the tapioca tubers.
  • Grate the tubers using a long-bladed grater to obtain chip shaped thin slices.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a deep-bottomed vessel.
  • Fry the tapioca slices till they turn crisp (about 1 minute or so)
  • Let the chips cool and then sprinkle salt and red chilli powder over them.

The best thing about these chips is that they don’t retain much oil even though they are deep-fried.

You can roll them gently in tissue paper and whatever oil is remaining would get absorbed by the paper.

Tapioca chips

Enjoy these easy to make, mouth-watering snacks with your tea.

3. Kuchi Kelangu Vada

Tapioca fritters/kelangu vada
Tapioca fritters

You can also make yummy Tapioca vada with this tuber. Check out my detailed post, Tapioca Vada for the recipe.

Also read: Delicious Tapioca Vada Recipe

Did you know that tapioca flour (starch) is also available these days? You can use it as a thickening agent and to make cakes too! Yummy chocolate cake can be baked without using all-purpose flour if you use this.

When fresh Tapioca tubers are not available, use organic tapioca flour to make the vada.

Bookmark this page and use it to whip up delicious snacks when you have these amazing Tapioca tubers on hand 🙂

Share your favorite recipes which use Tapioca too.

Also read: More Vegetarian Snack Recipes

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About Priyadarshini Rajendran 201 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

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