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Kappa Biryani (Tapioca Biryani)

 Published 2009-Jun-08   Updated 2017-Oct-23

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Kappa Erachi Biriyani, Tapioca Biriyani, Maravalli Kizhangu Biryani, Kappa Beef, Ellum Kappayum)

Recipe For Kappa Biryani


  • Tapioca (Kappa) - 1 big / 2 small
  • Beef - 1 lb (0.5 kg)
  • Onion - 1 small (chopped)
  • Tomato - 1 (diced)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Green Chillies - 3
  • Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
  • Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 pinch
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies - 3
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp


To Prepare Kappa

  1. Take a stock pot and bring plenty of water to a boil.
  2. Add salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and tapioca (kappa) to the water.
  3. Boil it for 5 minutes or until the kappa pieces are tender. The tapioca (kappa) pieces should be just tender when pierced with a knife and not start becoming mushy. So do not overcook.

To Prepare Beef Gravy

  1. Heat coconut oil in a small pressure cooker and splutter the mustard seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  2. Saute the onions till it turns golden brown.
  3. Saute the ginger garlic paste, green chillies and tomatoes.
  4. Add the beef pieces, chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, pepper powder and required salt.
  5. Saute everything for a minute.
  6. Add little water and pressure cook for 2 whistles or until the beef becomes tender.

To Make the Biryani

  1. After the pressure is released, open the cooker.
  2. Switch on the flame and let it simmer till most of the liquid evaporates and very little gravy is left.
  3. At this stage, add the boiled tapioca (kappa) pieces and mix gently. The kappa pieces should hold its shape nicely.
  4. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover with a lid and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  5. The juices from the beef gravy will be nicely absorbed by the tapioca (kappa) pieces.
  6. Finally open the lid, add some finely chopped cilantro. Kappa biryani is ready to serve. Server hot.

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Comments (7)

Person   ()
I am an Indian student in the US. Came across this site today and tried this recipe. It came out great! All of us really enjoyed it! Awesome work..Keep it going!
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Wow. Good to hear that you enjoyed it. Keep trying more new recipes.
Person   ()
I think it would taste better like a biriyani if we add some biriyani masaala instead of garam masaala
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This is super blog and the recipes giving by this sheaf is really great. this is awesome website.
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Thank you so much...
Person   ()
Hello, I would love to make this and have a few questions, when you say pepper powder is that black powdered pepper or a different one?
Person   ()
yes pepper powder is coarsely powdered black peppercons.

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