Tapioca is a starch extracted from Manioc. This species is native to the Northeast of Brazil but spread throughout the South American continent. The plant was spread by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies, Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan, being now cultivated worldwide.
In India we call it Sabudana. Tapioca pearls make up a common ingredient of many Indian dishes across India.
It comes in two variants – Sabudana Bada Dana and Sabudana Moti Dana.
Sabudana is full of starch or carbohydrates and is great for a quick boost of energy, and hence often served in India for breaking fasts during religious festivals. Sago gruel is also great when you're sick because it gives you quick energy and is easy to digest. According to Indian medicine, sago and rice have a cooling effect on the system; hence sago gruel is given if you have excess bile (caused by excess body heat).
Both variants of Sabudana are sourced from Salem, Tamil Nadu.
DNV Sabudana is available in pack of 500 gms & 250 gms at a store near you.