The unique cuisine of Idukki is known for its spicy and delicious meat dishes like ellum kappayum or kappa biryani (tapioca cooked with spicy beef ribs). The Bharat hotel at the More junction in Thodupuzha which is known as the gateway to the high ranges serves a special biryani that draws foodies to this quaint eatery. The beef ribs dum biryani is an innovative and delicious dish that has become popular in a very short time. This biryani cooked in the traditional way is aromatic; however, it doesn’t have the overpowering smell of the spices or the masala. If booked in advanced, the cooks at the hotel would prepare special dum biryani using an entire rib. Interestingly, turmeric powder is the only spice that is added in this mouthwatering biryani. Strong spices like garam masala or pepper powder aren’t used in this dish at all. The leftover meat and marrow from the perfectly cooked ribs creates an explosion of flavours on your taste buds. Meanwhile, the hotel’s owner Rasheed is happy that the recently introduced dish has become their flagship item.
The owner shares the recipe of beef rib dum biryani for the readers of Onmanorama Food.