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How The Adivasis of Tamil Nadu Cook Delicious Wild Potatoes

Updated: Mar 17, 2021


This is called Salapu. It is eaten as a snack with tea and coffee

Potatoes are one of the most versatile food items on earth. It can be eaten boiled, fried, and roasted. Today, we will learn about a potato variety of Tamil Nadu that is only found in the forest. Indeed, only people who are knowledgeable about the forest and its produce can spot the plant that has some delicious organic potatoes hidden under the ground.


The name of this type of tuber is Salapu (common name: Cassava, Manihot esculenta). In this article we will learn how to pick, clean and cook this potato.

Salapu grows underground from about 3 to 8 feet. To harvest this potato, you have to identify the plant and its leaves first. While digging up the tubers you should make sure not to damage them.


Instructions to cook:

  1. The potatoes should be thoroughly washed and cleaned. It should then be cut into smaller pieces.

  2. Fill a large pot with water, add a little salt and put the cleaned potatoes in it. The potatoes should be boiled for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove the potatoes from the water. It is ready to be eaten.

Special feature of the potato: The most special feature of this potato is that it is inherently sweet. Hence, it can be consumed with tea or coffee.


About the Author: Gokul Kannan belongs to the Kattu Nayakar tribe of Gudalur, Tamil Nadu. He represents the Adivasi Muneetra Sangham (association for Adivasi welfare) that fights for Adivasi rights especially Human Rights and Land Rights.


This article is created as a part of the Adivasi Awaaz project, with the support of Misereor and Prayog Samaj Sevi Sanstha.


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