Kappa Biriyani ( Tapioca Biriyani )

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Kappa Biriyani
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Kappa Biriyani ( Tapioca Biriyani )

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 3 -4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 1/2 kg Beef (cut into medium size pieces)
  • 1 med - big Onion
  • 1 tbsp each Crushed ginger & garlic
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Vinegar
  • 1/2 kg Kappa (cassava)
  • 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 5 -6 Small / Pearl onion
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Salt
  • Oil - I used coconut oil
  • Curry leaves


  • Cook tapioca with salt till it becomes soft. Mash tapioca & keep it aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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28 thoughts on “Kappa Biriyani ( Tapioca Biriyani )”

  1. Since the photo given shows yellow color, you may need to explicitly mention to add turmeric powder while making the tapioca or in some other step of making. We enjoy reading your blog and we have tried out a couple of dishes from this blog.

    • Hi Sony,

      Thank you! Happy to know that you enjoy reading and experimenting the recipes. The yellow colour comes from the beef masala and in that I’ve used turmeric powder, which is explained in the recipe as well :)


  2. 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?

  3. Maria,
    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

    • 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.


  4. 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

  5. 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.


  6. 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!

    • 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.


  7. 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..:)……

  8. 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.

  9. 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?



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