Photographer's Note

Last week while I was out in the paddy feilds , I came across Mr. Shekharan, whom we call "Shekharan chettan". In our language we address elder male members as 'chettan'. He was coming back from his feilds where he has planted tapioca. He had gone there to get some for his own use and some to sell. It seems his tapiocas are in much demand as they are of high quality. When he asked me whether my kids like tapioca (which we boil and eat with Chilly chutney)I said no, they don't like it. They much favor the junk food.:) He gave me a few and told me to boil and give it to my kids as he is sure they are going to love it. I agreed and did as he had asked me to and lo ! he was right! They indeed liked it. So thanks to Shekharan chettan and his super quality tapioca.
Some informaion on tapioca.:
Tapioca is essentially a flavourless starchy ingredient, or fecula, produced from treated and dried cassava (manioc) root and used in cooking
In the South Indian state of Kerala, Cassava, often referred to as tapioca in English, and kappa or kolly or maracheeni in Malayalam, is a staple food. Tapioca is used to make a granules like product called Chowwary in Malayalam. This is used to make a light porridge by adding milk or buttermilk, recommended for patients recovering from illness.

In Indian cuisine, the granular preparation of cassava starch is known as tapiaco. It can also be used to thicken puddings. Tapiaco is also used to prepare maida flour. Tapiaco chips also prepared in this parts of South India.

During World War II's Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia, many refugees survived on tapioca, as the plant is easily propagated by stem-cutting, grows well even in low-nutrient soils, and can be harvested every two months. The plant thus provided much needed carbohydrate and protein then.
Tapioca (Manihot Esculenta Crantz) was introduced in India during the later part of the 18th Century. Today, in India tapioca is grown over an area of about 3 lakhs hectares, with a production of 58 to 60 lakhs tonnes of tubers. Though Kerala ranks first in cultivation and production in the country. Tamilnadu stands first in respect of processing of tapioca into starch and sago and hence this crop has now acquired a status of one of the important commercial crops in the State.

rakeshgupta, japiey, dareco, nirajsinha, prumod, gracious, pcp, jpinkham, miszka, eskay001 ha contrassegnato questa nota come utile

Photo Information
Viewed: 4226
Points: 34
Additional Photos by Smitha Komath (smitha) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 0 N: 64] (360)
View More Pictures