Kappa (Tapioca) Beef Combo

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  1. Beef – ½ kg – washed and cleaned nicely and cut into small fine cubes
  2. Button onion – ¾ cup
  3. Garlic – 3 cloves
  4. Ginger – 1 small piece
  5. Oil – 3 Tbs
  6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Red chili powder – 2 tsp
  8. Coriander powder – 3 tsp
  9. Garam masala – 1 pinch
  10. Curry leaves – 2 -3 Tbs
  11. Tapioca – 1 kg
  12. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  13. Salt – as required
  14. Black pepper powder – as required
  15. Onion – 1 finely sliced
  16. Grated Coconut – 4 -5 Tbs
  17. Fennel Seeds (Perum Jeerakam)
  18. Cinnamon stick – 1 or 2 small
  19. Cardamom – 2 (only seeds)
  20. Cloves – 2 -3


Clean the button onion, garlic and ginger and crush it. Keep the pressure cooker on the high flame and add the oil and put the crushed mixture and stir well. Cook it for 5 minutes add salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder and stir well and add the beef and mix it nicely. Add ¼ glass water and close the cooker and put the weight. Count the number of whistles- approximately 12 whistles, the beef will be cooked. Let it cool down. By this time peel the tapioca and wash nicely and cut into small cubes. Make sure you washing it few times – Fill a vessel with ¾ water and let it boil. Add the tapioca cubes and turmeric powder and salt. Slow the fire and allow to cook. Depending on the quality of tapioca , cooking time differs, normally it will be done in 25 minutes. By the time the tapioca gets cooked, let make the masala – Keep the frying pan on high flame and add the grated coconut and all the spices and fry till golden brown. Make a fine paste. By this time the tapioca will be cooked and drain it.

For the final mixing – Place a big Khadai or any vessel on high flame and add remaining oil, sliced onion and curry leaves, then the cooked beef ( All the gravy should by dried – it should be in the piralan format), the coconut paste and cooked tapioca. Reduce the fire. Stir well with a wooden stirrer, add salt if required and the pepper powder. It is tastier while it is spicy. However you can adjust the spice. Once it is mixed well, cook it for 2 minutes and add a spoon of coconut oil (this is optional)

The recipe looks little longer and time consuming. Actually it is simple and you can plan and complete it quickly – while beef gets cooked, keep tapioca ready and while tapioca get cooks keep the coconut mixture ready and then mix and cook for 2 minutes.

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