Thodupuzha Bharat Hotel special beef ribs biryani

Thodupuzha Bharat Hotel special beef ribs biryani

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.


Beef ribs (cleaned and cut into pieces)

Turmeric powder

Mint leaves

Coriander leaves

Curry leaves



Green chillies



1 kg Kaima rice

150 ml ghee

Whole spices

Juice of 1 lemon

Cashews and raisins


Prepare the marinade paste by grinding mint leaves, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, curry leaves, ginger, garlic and green chillies

Marinate the beef ribs with this marinade paste

Keep it aside for at least 2 -3 hours

Heat oil and sauté onions

Into it add ginger, green chillies and garlic paste

Sauté well

Pressure cook the marinated ribs

Add the cooked ribs into the sautéed mixture

Add salt as required

Mix well and keep it aside to be used later

Cook the kaima rice in 2 litres water

Add ghee, salt and whole spices

Add lemon juice as well

Prepare the dum after the water has reduced and the rice cooked

After some time, place the cooked ribs along with the masala above the rice

Garnish with fried cashews and raisins

Cook on dum again

Open and serve the biryani after half an hour.  

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