Maravalli/Kappa Kizhangu Adai (Tapioca Pancake)

by Kamala on February 27, 2012


Maravalli_Kappa_Kizhangu_Adai_Tapioca_Pancake_1Tapioca pancake is easy to make as the ingredients needed are normally available at home.

Tapioca is called as Kappa Kizhangu (கப்ப கிழங்கு) or Maravalli Kizhangu (மரவள்ளி கிழங்கு) in Tamil.

I used grated tapioca in this pancake. You can easily wash, peel the skin and grate tapioca as shown below:

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  • Skin peeled and grated tapioca – 2 cup
  • Rice – half cup Maravalli_Kappa_Kizhangu_Adai_Tapioca_Pancake_5
  • Toor dal – 1 heaped tablespoon
  • Bengal gram – 1 heaped tablespoon
  • Urad dal skinned – 1 heaped tablespoon
  • Fennel seed – 1 heaped table spoon
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Red chilli – 4 no
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – as per need
  • Oil – to cook pancakes


  • Soak rice, toor dal, Bengal gram and urad dal together for two hours; now grind soaked rice, dal, garlic, red chilli, half of fennel seeds and salt coarsely.

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  • Now add grated tapioca and run mixer for few seconds; the batter should to be thick and of pouring consistency (add little water if needed to adjust consistency).

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  • Add curry leaves, remaining fennel seeds and mix well; spread the batter on a hot griddle or tawa; make a small hole in the center of pancake and pour few drops of oil to make it more crisp in the center also.

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  • Sprinkle little oil and cook both sides in medium heat.

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  • Remove when golden in colour and crisp.


  • Serve hot with any chutney.



  • The batter for pancake can be prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator to prepare easily when needed.

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