What is Kozhikal?

Kozhikal is the perfect evening snack with tea. It is a street food commonly available in Thalassery area, Kannur. The meaning of kozhikal in English is a chicken leg. However, this recipe doesn’t have chicken in it, it is a pure veg food, made of tapioca. A must-try recipe for people who like tapioca or spicy snacks.

It looks somewhat similar to the chicken leg, that’s how it might have got the name kozhikal. This is a crispy and a bit spicy masala coated fried tapioca, goes well with evening coffee/tea.

I have seen many times that people crowded around the thattukada(street food shop) near Thalassery bus stand with a cup of tea and a kozhikal in their hand. The smell itself when we pass nearby such shoppes make us feel like having/buying one right from there.


  • Tapioca: 300gm
  • Ginger: a small piece
  • Garlic: 3
  • Chilli powder: 1 tsp
  • Green Chilli: 2
  • Rice flour: 2 tbsp
  • Besan flour: 3 tbsp
  • Garam Masal:1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida/Kayam: A pinch
  • Curry Leaves: 6
  • Salt: To Taste
  • Oil: for frying

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Kozhikal is a tapioca fritter, a popular snack at Thalassery.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian, kerala
Keyword: kozhikaal, kozhikal, kozhikkal, Malabar snack, tapioca finger fritters, tapioca fritters
Servings: 8
Calories: 150kcal


  • 300 gm Tapioca:
  • Ginger: a small piece
  • 3 Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • 2 tbsp Rice flour
  • 3 tbsp Besan Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masal
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • A pinch Asafoetida/Kayam
  • 6 Curry Leaves
  • To Taste Salt
  • for frying Oil


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Foddie

    5 stars
    that’s something new to me.

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