Cassava Stir Fry in Spices

Submitted by Mana

Cassava root is often used to make sweet snacks, but we can also make savoury dish out of it. This stir-fry cassava recipe is really simple and you just can't go wrong with it.


  • 1 large cassava root, peel and cut into small chunks
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 8 shallots
  • 4 tablespoons dried shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon aniseed
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
  • 1 thumb size fresh turmeric root
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Par-boil the cassava root, drain the water and leave aside to dry completely.
  2. Grind the rest of the ingredients using a mortar and pestle, till pasty.
  3. Mix the paste with the par-boiled cassava, and marinate for a short while (about half an hour).
  4. Stir fry in hot oil till golden brown.
  5. Great with rice and soup.

Versatility Note:

  1. If you prefer, you can use a food processor to grind the spices.
  2. You can add in a little chillies to make it spicy.
  3. A little soya sauce can be added to give extra taste.