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Kerala Style Kappa (Tapioca) Biriyani

Quite easy and delicious authentic Kerala dish! Tapioca cooked, mashed and combined with beef, meat masala and fried coconut. Adapted from mariasmenu.com.
Course Main Course
Cuisine kerala
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Author Jane Jojo


Tapioca Preparation

  • 750 Grams Tapioca (Kappa)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon turmeric Powder
  • salt

Beef Preparation

  • 500 Grams beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger (crushed)
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Tablespoon chilli Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 Teaspoons vinegar
  • salt

Coconut Mix

  • 1 Cup grated coconut
  • 1 Teaspoon chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon coriander powder


  • 6 shallot / small onion
  • 1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
  • coconut oil
  • curry leaves


  1. Cut tapioca into small pieces. Cook tapioca with salt, turmeric powder and water. Add enough water so that tapioca is completed soaked in water. Cook until it becomes soft.
  2. Drain off the water completely. Mash tapioca a bit and keep it aside.
  3. Slice the onion. Marinate beef with onion and other ingredients listed under Beef preparation. Cook marinated beef until tender. In pressure cooker it might take around 3 whistles. Add mashed tapioca to beef and mix well.
  4. Fry coconut with chilli powder and coriander powder. Grind the mixture once it cools down and add it to beef and tapioca mix. Mix it well. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds. Fry curry leaves and small onions. Garnish tapioca beef mix with the prepared seasoning. Enjoy :)