Tapioca Crepes

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Tapioca is a staple food in many parts of Asia, Africa, and South America called mandioca and in some parts of Asia, it became as well stable food during the second world war where it’s called Ubi.

A distinctive name is known as Cassava root (or mandioc) throughout South America and Brasil: Where this recipe originates is called Aipim, in the southeast part of Brasil, especially in Rio de Janeiro.

Mandioca the North, Central-West and in São Paulo; tapioca or macaxeira in the Northeast; The fine-grained tapioca starch is called polvilho, and it is as either “sweet” or “sour”. Tapioca flour, or manioc flour, is made from the cassava shrub, which has a woody root, knows as manioc, or yuca; Cassava plant is a native shrub of South America. In Brazil, the commonly eaten roots are known as “mandioca”, while the starch is called “tapioca.”

The word tipi’oka is the name for the starch of the Mandioca root in the Tupi language that was spoken by the natives at that time before the arrival of Portuguese to Brasil. Thus the name tapioca is derived from tipi’oka, which refers to the process by which the starch is made edible.

Tapiocas crepes

Tapioca flour is unique and fun to make pancakes or crepes as is called. There are seemingly unlimited uses for mandioca root, and they are prevalent street food in Asia, Africa, South America, and Brazil. They can make many a different variety of things with it, and best of all it’s gluten-free! Cassava is the root and Mandioca is the Flour; Tapioca is the starch just so that we know the difference. In the streets, they are cooked to order. You can have it with a variety of savory fillings (cheese, shredded beef, guava. Or sweetened typically with condensed. My Favourite is grated coconut and coconut milk, and even with melted chocolate sauce is fantastic.

To make these crepes, Typically tapioca flour which is called “povilho doce” sweet starch, is mixed very well with water and let stand for six to eight hours. Best to do this at night and in the morning it’s ready to drain the water. Place a paper towel on the starch to absorb the rest of the liquid on the surface; you have to do this several times to remove as much liquid as possible. Tapioca hardened starch that remains the base needed to be broken down then sifted through a fine sieve to produce a snow-like powder. Use a sieve with powder sift it over a hot nonstick skillet; it quickly melts together to form the crepe.
If you feel brave enough, try to toss one into the air with the skillet to flip easily. Please give it a go and see it lands back on the skillet 🙂 Good luck!

Tapioca starch comes in two varieties – sour and sweet. Sour tapioca starch is slightly fermented before processing. Some recipes for tapioca crepes require sweet starch, and others need sour flour. Some of us prefer the sweet (non-fermented) version, others sour, either one tastes great.

Tapioca Crepes

Pancakes Dadaji Fusion Recipes
Serves: 3-4
Prep Time: 20 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins Total Time: 30 mins

Tapioca Savoury Crepes with a tint of cinnamon make these crepes a go-to snack for all the savory lovers.


  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup water (approximately)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Filling of choice Sweet or Savoury
  • 2 Sweet Banana
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Mixed vegetables cumin, caraway, turmeric, black pepper, ginger, soy sauce.
  • You can also use pesto.



The moistened starch needs to be passed through a very fine sieve into a clean bowl.


Using a wooden spoon or your hand with a glove, stir the starch in the sieve to help it pass through like snow flacks into a bowl.


Heat a saucepan or skillet over medium heat. It would be best if you worked swiftly, using a sieve to sprinkle the sifted starch evenly over the whole skillet in a thin layer.


Allow the crepe to cook for about 30 seconds, or until the crepe slides easily on the pan.


If you feel brave, try to toss one into the air with the skillet to flip easily. Please give it a go and be sure it lands back on the skillet instead of flying away 🙂


Well, you can easily flip it with a spatula.


You can cook for 30-40 seconds and slide from the skillet onto a plate.


You can fill the crepe with your desired fillings. You can roll up or fold it in half. Tapioca Crepes are good for breakfast, just with butter or grated coconut and honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar.


You can also fill them with fresh cheese, on the skillet for a few seconds to melt the cheese.


It's best to wipe clean the skillet after each crepe. Serve crepes warm as they will get stiff as it cools down. It's much nicer when it's warmer.

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