Kappa Biriyani | Tapioca Biriyani | Kappa Erachi

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Kappa Biriyani or Tapioca Biriyani as the name suggests is a biriyani made using Tapioca along with Meat like Beef,Chicken,Lamb or even pork.Its  a delicacy from the Malabar region of the Gods Own Country,Kerala.It is very easy to prepare and was a mega hit in my family.I first heard about it from one of my room mates back in my college Hostel..I have always been intrigued by that name as I always thought of Biriyani as a dish prepared using Rice..Infact Biriyani is one of my most favourite dishes..You can see that  from my Blog ❤ 😉 . Yeah..Coming to Kappa Biriyani..So I have always wondered how this dish tasted like!

On my holidays in my home,during my 2nd pregnancy,one day my brother talked very fondly about the kappa Biriyani he had from a thattukada/Road side hotel in Ernakulam..The foodie in me…!I thought this was the chance to taste the dish..I asked him to bring a parcel/take away for me next time he visited that thattukada..He didnt disappoint me 🙂 I got the Kappa Biriyani,the very next day itself..It was soo tasty…I was sad that he brought just 1 parcel/take away for me 😦

My hubby is very fond of Kappa/Tapioca.So whenever he buys Tapioca,I make sure I prepare it differently each time.One time I made Kappa Vevichathu with Kerala Red Fish Curry..He loved it so much! Then Next time I Prepared Kerala Kappa Masala with Tea as an evening snack..He was surprised and ate it happily ❤ So this time he brought Kappa/Tapioca from the market…I decided to go for a change again..thats when I remembered the wonderful Tapioca Biriyani/Kappa Biriyani..I tried it out and it came out soo well..This is an amazing dish..Do not miss trying it!


1.Beef /chicken / lamb /  pork / – 1/2 kg, washed and cubed (I used chicken)

2.Ginger – 1 tbsp

Garlic – 1 tbsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilly powder – 1.5 tsp

Coriander powder – 3/4 tsp

Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

3. Water – 1/4 – 1/2 cup

To prepare kappa/Tapioca

Kappa / tapioca – 3/4 kg, peeled and cut into medium cubes

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

To prepare the biriyani

Pearl onions – 15 – 20, thinly sliced or 1 small savola/onion

Green chillies – 3 – 4, slit

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

Pepper powder – 3/4 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1.5 – 2 tsp

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Salt – To taste

Coconut oil – 1 tbsp

For the seasoning

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Mustards – 1/4 tsp

Dry red chillies – 2

Pearl onions – 2 – 3, thinly sliced

Curry leaves – A few


  1. Marinate the meat pieces with ingredients under 2 for at least 1 hour.
  2. Pressure cook the marinated meat adding 1/4 – 1/2 cup water for 3 whistles or until done. Set aside.
  3.  Cook the tapioca pieces in enough water to cover them, adding salt and turmeric powder. When tapioca is done, switch off and drain the water completely. Mash it and keep it aside.
  4.  Heat coconut oil in a pan and add the thinly sliced pearl onions. When they start turning brown, bring down the heat to low and add turmeric powder, chilly powder, pepper powder and garam masala powder. Saute for 8 – 10 seconds and add the prepared meat curry. Boil for a few minutes and add the mashed tapioca and a few curry leaves. Mix well. Add salt if needed.
  5.  Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a small pan. Splutter mustard seeds and fry dry red chilies. Add a few curry leaves and sliced pearl onions and saute until the pearl onions turn brown. Pour this over the prepared tapioca biriyani. Serve hot and Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy : yummyoyummy

21 thoughts on “Kappa Biriyani | Tapioca Biriyani | Kappa Erachi

    Lori said:
    August 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I would love this with lamb!!

    Malar said:
    August 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Never knew about this Shannu!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Can I make it vegetarian? With either paneer or tofu…

      food passion and love responded:
      August 21, 2014 at 2:43 am

      This is a popular dish of North Kerala!No dear…sadly this cannot be made vegetarian..coz without meat it wont be kappa/tapioca biriyani anymore !

        Malar said:
        August 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        Ohh that’s bad :-p

    Traditionally Modern Food said:
    August 21, 2014 at 3:59 am

    No vegetarian version is sad

    coconutcraze said:
    August 21, 2014 at 4:24 am

    If I am asked to order a dish as my last wish I would choose Kappa! I have heard a lot about this biriyani but not ready to try this yet…because I have to satisfy my craving of eating tapioca in its original form before mixing anything with it. Biriyani looks very tempting…can imagine the taste…yummo!

      food passion and love responded:
      August 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks dear Sreedevi! I have overcome that temptation atleast for my hubbys sake 😉 so i am able to prepare dishes wit kappa!Do try it out wen u gain control he he 😉

    Chhapanbhog said:
    August 21, 2014 at 5:41 am

    This looks nice, and new hav’nt heard of this.. Beautiful shots too..:)

    Chitra Jagadish said:
    August 21, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Oh dear you make dish look so delish and say no veggie version unlucky we….looks nice Dear Shannu. …

    shalzzzzz said:
    August 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Yummmm 😀 I miss Kerala now!

    Nish Kitchen said:
    August 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Bringing back fond memories of Kerala…..!! Looks delicious!!

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    VEGETABLE BIRIYANI « foodpassionandlove said:
    April 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

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