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Kappa Biriyani


  1. Kappa/Tapioca-( cut into medium sized pieces)-
    1 kg
  2. Turmeric powder
    1/2 tsp
  3. Mustard seeds
    1/2 tsp
  4. Dry red chilies
    3 nos
  5. Curry leaves
    1 sprig
  6. Shallots-sliced-
    10 to 12 nos
  7. Cumin powder
    1/4 tsp
  8. Fennel powder
    1/2 tsp
  9. Grated coconut
    2/3 cup
  10. Salt
    to taste

For beef / mutton masala

  1. Beef or mutton-(cubed)-
    600 to 700 gms
  2. Onion-sliced-
    1.5 cups
  3. Ginger-crushed-
    1/2 tbsp
  4. Garlic-crushed-
    1/2 tbsp
  5. Green chilies-cut vertically-
    1 or 2 nos
  6. Curry leaves
    1 sprig
  7. Kashmiri chili powder
    1.5 to 2 tbsp
  8. Coriander powder
    1 tbsp
  9. Turmeric powder
    1/2 tsp
  10. Black pepper powder
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  11. Garam masala powder
    1 tsp
  12. Tomato-chopped-
    1/2 cup
  13. Coconut milk
    1/2 cup
  14. Water
    as required
  15. Salt
    to taste
  16. Oil
    as required

 To prepare beef / mutton masala

  • Heat oil in a pan and add onion,ginger,garlic and green chilies.Saute until onion turns golden brown.
  • Reduce the flame to low,add chili powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder,black pepper powder,garam masala powder and 1/4 cup water.Cook until oil starts to separate,stirring continuously.
  • Add tomato and cook until it turns mushy.Now add beef /mutton pieces  and salt to taste.Add sufficient quantity of water.Cover and cook over medium heat until it is done.(you can use a pressure cooker ,if desired)
  • Add coconut milk and cook for few more minutes or until the gravy turns thick.Keep aside.

To prepare kappa/tapioca 

  • Cook tapioca with turmeric powder,salt and plenty of water.Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and mustard seeds,let it splutter.Add dry red chilies,curry leaves and shallots.Saute until it turns golden brown.
  • Add cumin powder and fennel powder.Saute for few seconds and add grated coconut.Cook for a minute ,stirring continuously.Add cooked kappa/tapioca.Mix well until combined.Add more salt if required.
  • Now add the prepared beef/mutton masala and mix well.


  • Adjust the spice level according to your taste.Kashmiri chili powder gives a nice red colour to the gravy without being too spicy.I used about 2 tbsp of kashmiri chili powder.If you are using regular chili powder,use according to your spice level.
  • For best result use meat with bone..

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  • Reply
    Happy’s Cook
    August 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Nice clicks as usual… I love tapioca…NIce recipe…

  • Reply
    Anupa Joseph (Palaharam)
    August 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    They look so yumm and mouthwatering

  • Reply
    Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi
    August 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I loved Tapioca with fish curry and sure this is going to be another finger licking recipe.

  • Reply
    August 14, 2013 at 2:04 am

    so nice presentation super tempting..

  • Reply
    August 14, 2013 at 4:32 am

    This is new to me. Looks delicious and inviting!

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