Tuesday, 17 December 2013

I know you may get confused by the title. Let me make it clear, it’s a 100% vegetarian snack which got the name as “Kozhikaal” just because of its appearance. If you are from Thalassery I don’t want to say much as I am very sure that would have known and tasted it. Yes, this is an authentic Kerala recipe from the region of Thalasseri. You can find this if you go to any beach sides there. Thalassery is not just the hub of spices but also different Malabar recipes, I would say if you want to taste the right Malabar authentic dishes this is a right place for you.

One among those recipes is the kozhikaal, I know anyone will think that it’s made out of chicken legs; however it’s a very easy snack which is prepared out of tapioca. It’s a same recipe like the banana fritters but there are little more ingredients to add in it. For the making, slice the tapioca as thin for about 5 cm lengths. It tastes absolutely great when served with hot tea in a rainy evening!! :) Here you go with the making of it from the Paris of Kerala- Thalasseri recipe :)

  • Tapioca- 1 Medium size( sliced as thin pieces)
  • Besan Powder- 5 Tspn
  • Fine Rice powder- 3 Tspn
  • Asafetida powder- 1 ½ Tspn
  • Kashmiri Chilli Powder- 2 Tspn
  • Green chilies sliced- 1
  • Onion- 1 medium finely chopped
  • Curry Leaves- Few
  • Cumin Seeds- ½ Tspn
  • Salt- As needed
  • Coconut Oil- To Fry


  • Make a thick batter out of all the ingredients.
  • Grab 3-4 slices of tapioca pieces together, dip into the batter and fry it until it turns crispy.
  • Transfer to a paper towel and serve hot.

"You can add cumin as powder as well as it gives you an extra taste.

Adjust the chili powder as per your spice level."

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