Controlled synthesis of hollow polymeric nanocapsules has attracted significant attention in a wide range of applications. This paper reports a facile method for the synthesis of hybrid starch nanocapsules decorated with silver nanoparticles using the inverse miniemulsion polyaddition technique. Silver nanoparticles are formed and embedded in the shell of the nanocapsules during the polyaddition process without using any additional reducing agents. We found that silver also acts as a lipophobe that builds up osmotic pressure in the droplets facilitating the formation of stable round shaped nanocapsules. The nanocapsules' shell thickness could be tuned from 13 to 29 nm by varying the amount of cross-linker. We investigated the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the nanocapsules against Staphylococcus epidermidis ATCC 35984 and Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 which are two bacteria of medical relevance. The silver nanoparticle decorated nanocapsules showed antibacterial properties against both bacteria at the MIC of 2.315 μg mL-1 while control nanocapsules without silver had no antibacterial activity.