Cassava root Poriyal

Cassava (yucca/ manioc) plants are widely grown in India as their roots are used for culinary purposes & leaves for their medicinal properties. These gluten-free tubers are called as maravalli kizhangu in northern districts of Tamilnadu & yezhilai kizhangu (meaning seven leaves) in southern districts.


Since they are available in plenty during Nov-Dec, I have been making cassava poriyal or kootu every week and serve them as a side for rice.

IMG_1636Sometimes we make this poriyal in large quantity and serve it as a simple yet hearty meal; we also use maravalli kizhangu to make chips, puttu, dosa, etc. & use them in other recipes as a substitute for potatoes.

IMG_1631Health Benefits: Cassava roots are good sources carbs & fiber that help in building lean muscle, it also contains potassium needed to reduce the blood pressure and folate that prevents birth defects and hence required for pregnant women.  You may refer here for the nutrient values of cassava root published by USDA.

We can use cassava roots’ by-products tapioca pearls (javvarisi) for making vadai & payasam, tapioca flour (as a thickening agent in desserts or added into ulundha vadai/ murukku dough to make them crispy) & kizhangu appalam in the off season.


kizhangu appalam.JPGNow let us look into the recipe for maravalli kizhangu poriyal:

Time taken: 15 min

Yields: 1 cup


  1. Cassava root (maravalli kizhangu) – 6″ piece
  2. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  4. Black gram (split) – ½ tsp
  5. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  6. Red chillies – 3 Nos.
  7. Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  8. Salt – ½ tsp
  9. Asafoetida powder (hing) – 1/8 tsp (a pinch)
  10. Grated coconut (for garnishing) – as required

Cooking Method: The recipe for maravalli kizhangu poriyal is easy to follow and you can refer the photos below that are self explanatory.

Preparing the root: cassava chopping


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cassava poriyal



57 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome recipe, loved it..will give this a try for sure !!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  2. PS says:

    Looks delicious!and Like the presentation. Lovely..

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  3. We often see this tuber in market, but I didn’t know any recipe. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    1. Megala says:

      Feeling good to hear this, thank you !

  4. InspiresN says:

    looks so yummy Megala, such a lovely presentation as well !

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  5. great share and love poriyals of such kinds!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks !

  6. Great recipe – I’ve been reading so much about the health benefits of tubers – I need to try and track down some cassava here in Australia!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you , hope you would find one soon !

  7. Loretta says:

    I’ve never cooked cassava, but it certainly has some beneficial health properties. Would love to try it.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks, and thanks for stopping by !

  8. I make this, Megala. I sometimes add a dash of chopped shallots and green chilies to complement the taste. It is such a simple, healthy and tasty accompaniment to rice.

    1. Megala says:

      Absolutely ! Thank you !!

  9. Rini says:

    That’s such an interesting way to use cassava.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks !

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