Kappa Biriyani (Tapioca & Beef Biriyani) – Thattukada Special

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In Southern parts of India, especially in Kerala, Kappa (Tapioca) is one of the most consumed staple food after rice. It is also known as Maracheeni, Cheeni , Kolli, Poola, Mathock in different parts of Kerala.

Kappa can be prepared in many ways. Out of that, Kappa Biriyani is one of the most popular Kappa dishes among Keralites.The special combination of boiled Kappa and spicy Beef makes it very unique. In some parts, it is also known as simply Kappayum Irachiyum. Kappa Biriyani can be also prepared by using Chicken, Mutton or any kind of fish instead of Beef.

Learn how to prepare this flavorful Kappa Biriyani with this recipe. Enjoy with your family and friends.


  1. Tapioca – 1 kg
  2. Beef – 1 kg
  3. Onion – 2 medium sized, sliced thin
  4. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  5. Ginger – 1 tbsp, chopped finely
  6. Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves, chopped finely
  7. Bird’s eye chilli (Kanthari Mulaku) – 10 to 15 (adjust according to your spice level)
  8. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  9. Red chilly powder – 2 tbsp
  10. Garam masala – 1 tsp
  11. Black pepper – 1/2 to 1 tbsp, crushed
  12. Lemon juice – From 1 small lemon
  13. Coconut oil – 3 tbsp
  14. Salt – As per taste
  15. Water – To boil tapioca
  16. Egg – 1, optional


  1. Cook tapioca in enough water by adding 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and some salt. Once it is cooked, drain off excess water. Keep it aside.
  2. Mix 1 tbsp red chilly powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, lemon juice,  little salt and little water. Make a thick paste. This is the marinade for beef.
  3. Add 1 kg beef to the marinade and mix well. Keep it aside for at least half an hour.
  4. Transfer the beef to a pressure cooker. Add 1/4 cup water just of prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Cook till it is done. Strain it. Keep the beef and stock aside. We will use this stock later.
  5. Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Add the curry leaves and sliced onions.
  6. When it starts to turn translucent, add ginger, garlic, bird’s eye chillies. Saute well.
  7. Add 1 tbsp red chilly powder, 1 tsp garam masala and mix well.
  8. Add the cooked beef and mix well to coat the masala thoroughly.
  9. Add the required beef stock. Check salt and add if necessary. Stir.
  10. As the gravy thickens, add the cooked tapioca and mix well.
  11. Add the crushed black pepper. Optionally, add 1 egg and mix well.
  12. Serve hot. It is best when served with hot black tea.

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