Tapioca Fish Biryani-Kerala Kappa Fish Biryani
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 People
For Making Mashed Tapioca
  • Tapioca, cubed- 2
  • Salt- a few pinches
  • Water- enough to cook tapioca
To Grind
  • Coconut, grated- 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Garlic, minced- ½ tsp
For Marinating fish
  • King fish, diced- 2 large pieces
  • Chili powder- ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Fennel powder- 2 tsp (or coriander powder)
  • Salt- a few pinches
  • Water- enough to make a paste
For Making Fish Roast
  • Onion, cut thin long- 2
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- ½ tbsp
  • Green Chili, chopped- 2
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Oil- 2 tbsp ( used for frying fish)
For final seasoning
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole dry red chili- 3
  • Small onion, chopped- 3
  • Curry leaf- 1 sprig
  • Oil- 2 tbsp (used for frying fish)
  1. Peel off the tapioca skin and cut into cubes.
  2. Into a sauce pan filled with water, add the cubed tapiocas and a few pinches of salt, cook till the tapioca turns tender.
  3. Grind the above mentioned "to grind" ingredients along with very little water into a coarse paste.
  4. When the tapioca turns tender, drain the water and slightly mash it using a wooden spoon or potato masher.
  5. Place the pan over medium heat, pour the ground coconut paste over the mashed tapioca and combine well, cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Keep aside the cooked tapioca.
  7. Marinate the fish with the above mentioned "to marinate fish" ingredients for 10 minutes.
  8. Shallow fry the fish in oil and place on a plate lined with paper towel.
  9. Place a large pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of oil used for frying fish.
  10. Add onions, season with salt and cook till it turns tender.
  11. Add ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, curry leaves and saute for two minutes.
  12. Add the fried fish and add chili powder, fennel powder, coriander powder and garam masala to it.
  13. Combine well and let cook for sometime, covering the pan with its lid.
  14. When the fish roast has become dry add the cooked tapioca into the fish and gently combine them without breaking the fish.
  15. Remove the pan from the heat and keep aside.
  16. Heat a small pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of oil used for frying fish.
  17. When the oil turns hot, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  18. Now add whole dry red chili, small onions and curry leaves to the oil and saute till onions turn brown in color.
  19. Immediately remove from the flame and pour over the tapioca fish dish.
  20. Close the pan with its lid and let the tapioca fish stand for about 15 minutes before serving, so that the aroma of the seasoning gets into the dish.
  21. Serve Tapioca Fish along with your favorite pickle.
You could try this with chicken or beef.
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