Kappa Biriyani

Kappa Biriyani ( Tapioca Biriyani )


Kappa Biriyani ( Tapioca Biriyani )
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Kerala, South Indian, indian
Serves: 3-4
  • Beef - ½ kg
  • Onion - 1
  • Crushed ginger & garlic - 1 tablespoon each
  • Chilli powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Pepper powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala - 1 teaspoon
  • Vinegar - 2 teaspoon
  • Kappa (tapioca) - ½ kg
  • Scraped coconut - 1cup
  • Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Small onion - 5-6
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • Oil - I used coconut oil
  • Curry leaves
  1. Cook tapioca with salt till it becomes soft. Mash tapioca & keep it aside.
  2. Marinate the cleaned beef with onion, ginger garlic, masala powders, vinegar & salt. Cook the marinated beef till it becomes tender. Add the mashed tapioca to beef & mix well.
  3. Meanwhile fry scraped coconut with chilli powder & coriander powder till it becomes golden brown (keep aside 2 tsp of coconut for garnishing). Grind it. Add ground coconut mix to beef & tapioca & mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a pan & splutter mustard seeds. Add small onion & saute for 3-4 minutes. Add beef tapioca mix & stir for 4-5 minutes. Garnish with curry leaves & fried coconut.

  • http://kitchenwonders.blogspot.com Sumitha

    I have been on the look out for this recipe from so long Maria.Heard it first from one of my friends here who is frm Wayanad!Now only if I get tapioca here soon:(

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Hi Sumitha, hope u get tapiocas real soon, so that you can enjoy this wonderful dish.

  • ammu

    Hi Maria,

    Could you please xplain how much water is needed to cook the tapioca and that if u r draining the excesswater of just boiling it off with tapioca?


  • ammu

    Also please do mention how long do i have to marinate the beef.Will half an hour be ok?


  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Hi ammu

    The tapioca should be well covered in water ie the water level should be 1/2 – 1 inch above the tapioca and for beef marination, half an hour is perfectly fine.

  • ak

    truely it is tasty, we tried at home, thank you for the wonderful recipe.



    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks ak :)

  • http://www.shabscuisine.blogspot.com shab

    I recently had this dish from one of my xtian friends house and absolutely loved it….Appoley karuthiyatha i have to try it at home ennu…..will be back to check out on this one later…i remember she called it irachiyum kappayum……innu ithinulla kshama illa..:)……

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shabs,

      Try this dear sometime, its really nice. Btw, its known in diff names in diff places. Undakki nokeettu parayane :)


  • http://ammuscanvas.blogspot.com/ ammu

    my husband said he loves me after i made this dish..what more can i say :) it was very good

  • Koshy

    I’d never heard of Kappa Biryani until last evening when I was with some friends. I was just surfing through your blog looking for a good beef ularthiyathu recipe and I came upon this.

    Looking forward to trying it out! Will let you know how it goes. Great blog!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Koshy,

      Thanks for dropping in here. Kappa biriyani is a thattukada special item. Also it’s given as ‘nercha’ food in some churches.

      Please do try it when time permits. I hope you’ll like it.


  • http://mywonderfulworldofcooking.blogspot.com/ Neenu Praveen

    ws in search of a recipe fr kappa biryani..frst time here…lukin gud…..gud job maria.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Neenu

      Thanks for dropping in here :)

      Btw, did you try the kappa biriyani? Hope you liked it.


  • sali

    Hi Maria,

    I was wondering what to cook for my husband for dinner and he needs something special.
    This recipe is mouthwatering, I am gonna try it tonight.


    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sali,

      Thanks for selecting the recipe from here, I do hope your husband liked it :)


  • Ashlykrishna

    hi Maria chechi

    i liked your way of presenting the recipe.
    i searched several sites for kappa biriyani recipe but till i visit this recipe i had some doubts.
    now my doubts over.
    thanks chechi.i am going to try it

  • kunjimol tippu

    hooooo…made it..dat was yummyyyyyyyy….all loved it….mvaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh mariaaaaaaaaa….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks dear :)

  • Deepthi

    i was searching for a biryani recipe and as usual landed in ur blog. first time i heard about kappa biryani and was searching for Basmati rice amount in it :) and finally thought u must have forgot to mention :D

    now realized it is something completely different from normal biryani :) anyways good to know this. will try on some weekend

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Deepthi,

      How are you?

      hehe, it’s a completely diff biriyani. Did you get to try it yet?

      Sorry dear, I was away on holidays, hence the delay in reply.


  • Rebecca

    Hi there, Thanks for the recipe. It looks great. Would like to try it out. Can you tell me what the best cut of beef would be to use for this and the other beef recipes you have? I am in the US and I can find different chunks of beef meat in the grocery stores here (Chuck, Round, Rump etc.). Can anyone tell me what the best cut is for these type of Kerala beef preparations please?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you :)

      I checked with my cousin who is in US, she said she uses stew meat for all Kerala recipes. Hope this helps..