Kerala Breakfast Recipes

Kappa Biryani


Kappa Biryani is a traditional dish of Malabar (Kerala). This dish is usually served with either beef curry or else mutton. As I am a vegetarian, I tried this dish with curd. Normally we have heard Hyderabadi biryani, Veg Biryani, Chicken biryani etc… but Kappa Biryani also makes a complete & heavy meal.



  • Tapioca/ Kappa – 1kg (cleaned & cut into to small pieces)
  • Green Chilies – 2nos (cut into slits)
  • Ginger – ½ inch (finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1no (cut into long slices)
  • Tomato – 1no (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves – 6 to 7leaves
  • Chili powder – 1tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder/ malli powder – 2tsp
  • Biryani Masala powder – 2tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds/ Rai – 1tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coconut oil – 2tbsp


  • In a deep bottom vessel, add the cleaned & chopped tapioca. Add chili powder ½ tsp, turmeric powder and little salt. Pour adequate water so that kappa is nicely immersed.
  • Cook the tapioca in pressure cooker. When 1st whistle comes, low flame & cook for 10mins. Remove the excess water from cooked tapioca.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds and add sliced onion and green chilies with a pinch of salt.Sauté well till the onion turns tender.
  • Add finely chopped ginger & sauté for 2mins in low flame.
  • Then add chili powder, coriander powder, biryani masala powder and garam masala powder. Sauté for 5mins in low flame.
  • Add finely chopped tomato and curry leaves and sauté till oil separates from sides. Add adequate salt.
  • Add the cooked tapioca & nicely mix so that all the masala is mixed evenly in tapioca/ kappa. Remove it from flame.

Kappa Biryani is ready to serve hot with thick curd/ yoghurt or else raita.

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