10 June 2012

Kozhikaal / Vegetarian Chicken Legs - Thalassery Special

Don't get puzzled by the name. Kozhikaal is a Thalassery special evening snack made of tapioca. The name thus because it looks like fried chicken legs. It is crispy and perfect for the cool weather outside here in Kerala. It is very difficult to find this snack even in Kannur which is approx 12 km from Thalassery.

Recipe source - Magic Cook

Tapioca - 1/2 kg
Pathiri Powder/ Fine rice powder - 1 cup
All purpose flour - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 medium size (finely chopped)
Green Chilly - 2 finely chopped
Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
Ginger Paste - 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly Powder - 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves - finely chopped - 12 leaves
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Oil - for deep frying

Peel the skin of the tapioca.
Slit it into thin pieces (approx 4 inch pieces long and as broad as a pencil)
Mix the pathiri powder and APF along with salt and water to make a semi thick batter like idly batter.
Add in the onion, chilly, ginger garlic paste, chilly powder, curry leaves and cumin powder. Check salt.
To this batter add the sliced tapioca and coat well with batter.
Heat oil in a slightly wide wok. Pick 5-6 slices of tapioca along with batter. Press it slightly with your palm and slide it into the oil. Reduce the flame to medium. Toss it till crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a plate layered with kitchen tissue.
Serve hot with tea or coffee. Enjoy!!

Make sure you buy fresh tapioca else it will be difficult to slice it to thin pieces.
This is a medium spice snack. Increase spice level as per taste. The batter may taste a little spicy but once you fry it that extra spice will not be there.


  1. Innovative dish..
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  2. Delicious and crispy fritters.

  3. thank you for sharing this recipe...ive heard about this before but never got a chance to try it..looks yumm

  4. very unique recipe and yes it resembles that of a chicken leg.

  5. Omg,they looks damn irresistible.

  6. This looks so delicious. I don't think I've ever tried this snack before but would love to. Yes, it looks like chicken leg (or chicken on skewer). I love the spices in this snack and want some now.

  7. Nice snack..perfect with a cup of tea for a rainy evening! :P

  8. definitely a great dish.....the name of the dish is very impressive dear !!!!wonderful clicks !!!!!!!

  9. Wow...super snack recipe...looks crispy and delicious.

  10. Thats an interesting snack...I was going to skip the post thinking it's non veg and then I read the title fully.

  11. awesome.....................


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