Kappa Biriyani - My ultimate comfort food




Tapioca/Cassava /yuca Biryani
What is your  definition of comfort food??? For me its something that i would be willing to eat at anytime of the day , something that has the power of igniting those memories we treasure, to make a trip down the memory lane, and something so tasty that you can never grow to hate it..Taste and the memories makes Kappa biryani, a true relish with spicy meat mixture, the most comfy food for me till today!!!! 
Back home ,it was compulsary for us the catholic people to attend the sunday catechism class, till 10th grade.You need that certificate even to get married you know :).it was those classes i hated the most then primarly because of the fact that it goes upto 1 o' clock every sunday!!!!! the day that my mom makes Kappa biryani . sigh!!! can you imagine the kind of frustration that goes through my mind..i will be always glancing at my watch for the needle to touch the point , for the bell to ring and run home...So much for a  poor craving soul... As soon as i take the turn to my house, the flavor attacks my nostrils and my tummy will kick me to run fast . 
"Dad lets eat " is the calling bell for my arrival those days...
When I give a retrospective glance to the days behind...when my  nostalgia is at the highest point, i try to make this recipe on sundays atleast to get that  aroma and cherish those days....In a nutshell , kappa biryani is our sunday brunch now a days..( Sundays are so nostalgic now ). i make it before going to church for 12.00 pm mass and will be back by 1.00 pm which makes the scene perfect to recreate some  good old feelings..



Recipe for Nadan Kappa Biryani 
Ingredients:-
Kappa/Tapioca - 1 kg
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Small onion - 2
Chopped green chiles - 2
For the Meat curry
Meat ( Beef , Pork ,lamb or chicken)- 1/2 kg
Chopped onion - 2
Chopped tomato - 1(optional)
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Crushed ginger and garlic - 2 tsp
Crushed star anise , black peppercorns and Cardamom - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
For Garnishing
Curry leaves
Red chiles
Raisins- 2 tsp
Chopped onion - 1 small
Mustard seeds
Method 
Wash , clean and cut kappa into small pieces. Cook it in a heavy bottomed vessel by adding turmeric powder, salt and enough water to cover it .When it is done drain and add crushed small onions and green chiles.mix it well using a heavy spoon.
To make the meat mixture :- Marinate the meat pieces with chili, coriander, all crushed masalas and ginger and garlic and salt. Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles by adding no water or if you want add 1/2 cup water.( depends on the meat you are using, if it is chicken 1-2 whistle is good, but beef , pork or lamb needs more time to cook).
Heat oil in a pan and chopped onions. saute for 8-10 minutes and add chopped tomato and fry it for another3 minutes. Add the cooked meat , along with the liquid if you have any and mix it well.Add garam masala..let it stand on a medium flame for another 10-12 minutes for the gravy to run dry or thick.Add this meat mixture to the prepared kappa and combine it well, so that the meat mixture gets mixed well with the Kappa.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. when they pop up add curry leaves, red chiles, raisins and chopped onions.fry till golden and pour over the Kappa Biriyani. and Serve warm
Cheers!!!!

71 comments:

Preeti Kashyap said...

This is indeed a comfort food. Awesome pics Sarah! Yummy!

Happy Cook said...

Oh yes this is one of my favourite comfort food too. Ilove kappa and meat. I so wish my hubby and daughter had the same passion for it, but alsas i am the only one who likes it . I wish i could grab a plte

Priti said...

This is so new to me dear and blown over it...amazing ..for me comfort food is which I can make with out fuss ...not much of thinking and my DH happy eats:)...mostly daal chawal :)

Uma said...

an interesting biryani recipe!
nice post, nostalgic write up :)

Satya said...

it looks colorful n delicious ...but can u plez tell me sarah what is kappa ??i never heard about it :(

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Entammo..kothipichu kolluva alle?kidilan biriyani!

Swathi said...

Kappa biriyani kidilan sarsh. very nice.

Nithya said...

Looks yummy.. Drool worthy clicks too dear :)

Rach said...

Looks so yummy. Awesome clicks !!

Guna's kitchen said...

its new dish to me.. kappa???? luks so delicious and nice color too

Hari Chandana said...

very new to me.. looks soo tempting dear.. delicious clicks.. :)

simply.food said...

Interesting dish looks wonderful.

Anonymous said...

thank uu

TREAT AND TRICK said...

First time came across such a delicious food made of kappa, beautiful click too...

Umm Mymoonah said...

Never made kappa in this way, looks divine.

Trendsetters said...

lovely dish

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious recipe...tempting too

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Truly a comfort food..Liked your write up a lot..Can't stop without saying "AWESOME PICS"

divya said...

wow, it looks very colorful n delicious...

Vrinda said...

Adipoli tempting kappa biryani...

kitchen queen said...

lovely biryani and looks very delicious and yummy.

Shabs.. said...

I love love love this stuff....i first had it @my friends plce and wanted to make it ever since...never worked out though.....could u please pass me that plate?

Merin said...

super kappa sarah
i am regular to your blog and really like all your recipes.how can you cook so much kerala dishes at home.though we are living in Dubai , i am not able to cook so many malayali recipes. i really like trying out your recipes and am sure it will come out good. kudos to you and vazhayila

Nostalgia said...

Awesome! My favorite food too. My mom says even as a little child I would grab kappa with the red curry..the affair with kappa goes that far back with me

Nisha said...

Adipoli :)

Suja Sugathan said...

Adipoli..my hubby's favorite food was searching for the recipe..this looks so perfect and delicious..thanks for sharing dear:)

Vidhya said...

Wow! what a mouth watering comfort food! Comfort food are two nutritonally incomplete ingrdients in a food that compensate one another's shortfalls when combined.
ex: rice with dal or sambar, oatmeal with milk, macaroni and cheese, salad and sprouts with roti and sara's kappa biryani(rice+meat)

Madhu said...

looks nice Sarah. Never even heard of this biryani. Will try this sometime.

Kairali sisters said...

This is absolutely comfort food Sarah..Lovely Kappa biriyani...
Love
Kairali sisters

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks very lovely and truly a comfort food!

Abraham Chacko said...

absolutely brilliant...

Priya said...

Very new dish, never heard about this..tempting briyani Sarah..

RV said...

Undoubtedly a comfort food. Looks delicious Sarah.

Yummy Team said...

Really tempting kappa biriyani.. Superb recipe, Sarah!! I love this dish and I have prepared it once. My friends' mom prepares this really delicious kappa biriyani..Recipe chothichittu kure naalayi, kittumbol undakki post cheyyamenne vicharikunnu :) Will try your yummy version soon..

Lyndsey said...

This sure looks like comfort food to me! We've been really getting into yuca (cassava) lately. That's what it's called around here. This recipe looks great. I like all the recipes that you have for it. I'll be checking out your archives.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

A new dish to me! Never tried this b4...looks too comfort dear! WOW! :D

Suhaina said...

wow Sarah, I am drooling here. I am on a diet and u are making me so.... I can sail a boat in my mouth right now. Perfectly done. No words to say.. This is also a comfort food of mine.. nice CLICKS too.

? said...

I've heard friends from Kottayam cooking curries with beef and tapioca; are the techniques the same sans gravy?

arthi said...

nice and different biriyani recipe!!

PranisKitchen said...

kappa irachi is almost like the kappa biryani .. really delicious one.. liked the comfort food.. i think kappa is all malayalees comfort food
Have a grt weekend

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful clicks again sarah, have not heard abt this dish but certainly sounds good..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Droll worthy click !!! I have never made this but after looking this I regret ...

Depa
Hamaree Rasoi

Nandini said...

Awesome clicks! Totally new dish to me. Really a comfort food.

3 hungry tummies said...

looks delicious but it is difficult getting tapioca here.

jais said...

oh ente facvourite anu ithu. ithu kazhichittu nalu kure ayi.

BeenaShylesh said...

i like this very much.....but with mathi fish.....u have nicely presented dear...

An Open Book said...

I have only had it once and have loved it..never really though to recreating it at home..now that i have a recipe to fall back on i think il give it a go

Malar Gandhi said...

WOw, luks amazing, never heard about this dish b'4...thanks for sharing.

Biren said...

Sounds like a really tasty combination. Thanks for sharing your childhood memories!

Divya Vikram said...

Very pretty pictures. looks really comforting!

Valarmathi said...

New to me, looks tempting... Nice click and beautiful presentation.

Krishnaveni said...

new to me..looks so good...mouthwatering recipe

Nithu said...

Sounds different, new and inviting. Looks great. must try...

Nithu said...

Sounds different, new and inviting. Looks great. must try...

Pravs said...

This looks amazingly delicious and you have pictured it so well.

sangii said...

wow!kidu!!!gr8 presentation!alpam thanuthu poyi vannappol alleda

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Sharah
How are you?
It has been ages since I last visited your blog..( by the way I have cooked at least 10 dishes from your blog , more to go, when I am back home.
Very nice and innovative dish ( as usual)
Have a nice sunday

Sanjeeta kk said...

Beautiful recipes and great blog. Nice to be here. Best wishes.
Following you to get more of such delicacies.

Yasmeen said...

A new kind of biryani,must be super yum with the spices :D

Dershana said...

oh! only now noticed that i can add chicken. will be trying this very soon.

Dershana said...

ithil meatinu pakaram chicken idamo, sarah? would love to try this with chicken since i do not eat meat.

Parita said...

A very different biryani and i must say pics have come out gorgeous!

Padhu said...

yummy dish and pictures look fantastic

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Hey Sarah...its been long since my last visit...n u really surprised me wit tis one.
Never heard of it before....new to me....however very tempting recipe..
Bookmarking ur recipe...

Suma Rowjee said...

Fab pics!!

Sarah Naveen said...

thank you all!!!

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Satya - U can check this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassava
@ Vidya - ur definition sounds gr8!!!
@ rani - yes its almost like kappa and erachi :)
@ Sangi,yeah da..thanuthu poyi vannappo ...hahahah
@ Ushnish...i m doing good; so happy to hear that you tried my recipes...
@ an open book..try it and temme how u like it....

lissie said...

this is my favorite too...delicious looking biriyani!

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Gopan said...

Kollam Honey Kappa Biriyani adipoli

Nisa Homey said...

Hey, long time alle. not seeing your updates much??? just wanted to mention that I recently saw your recipe and picture cropped in another website..do check out this site http://www.kudampuli.com/recipes.html
scroll down, your kappa biriyani is there....thought I let you know this.

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