Kappa Biryani is a traditional Kerala dish. It is a non vegetarian preparation generally prepared with beef and tapioca. Easy to prepare tasty dish (mouth watering). It is a tasty delicacy and can be eaten as a heavy snack, lunch, brunch or dinner.

       This dish can be prepared using lamb/mutton or beef. Here I have used lamb to make this dish. Lamb cooks fast, so I prepared this dish in a single pan. If you use mutton or beef you can follow the same procedure by cooking the meat for long time in a single pan method. 

      Else if you want to prepare this dish using mutton or beef you can pressure cook the meat by adding a teaspoon of ginger garlic paste and salt for 3 whistles. Retain the meat cooked water and sprinkle when you cook the tapioca and meat together and follow the below mentioned recipe.

Beef Kappa


Tapioca/ Kappa, cubed- 1 kg
Lamb/ Mutton/ Beef- 500 grams
Onion, chopped- 1 ½ -2
Green chilli-2
Ginger, finely chopped- 1 tablespoon
Garlic, finely chopped- 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder- ¼ teaspoon
Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder- 1 ½ teaspoons
Garam masala- ¼ teaspoon
Pepper- ¼ teaspoon
Salt- to taste
Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
Oil- 2 teaspoons

Kappa Biryani


  • Boil some water and add the tapioca pieces & salt; cook till it becomes soft.
  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté onion till translucent, add ginger and garlic cook till the raw smell leaves.
  • Add the meat pieces and salt. Cook till the meat colour changes from pink to white.
  • Now add turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala , pepper and cook till the masala smell leaves.
  • Add the curry leaves and let it cook for a minute; it flavors the whole meat a lot.
  • Check if the meat is properly cooked and add salt.
  • Now add the cooked tapioca and lightly mash it and mix well.
  • Add if you need extra curry leaves.
  • Add chopped onions while serving.
  • Note: I have prepared this dish with less oil though the meat oozes out some fat from that.
  • You can add extra oil/ coconut oil and curry leaves to make this dish more rich.
  • If you use mutton or beef cook the meat with ginger garlic paste, salt, quarter cup of water and cook till three whistles on medium flame and follow the above procedure.
Mashed Tapioca with Beef or Mutton

  You might also like Kappa Puzhukku/ Mashed tapioca in coconut masala.   

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