Kappa Kozhikaal is a pure vegetarian snack quite popular in Malabar region of Kerala. These are tasty, healthy and very innovative form of snacks relished over a cup of hot masala chai. “Kozhikaal” literally means chicken leg in Malayalam language. Now you can easily guess – these fried Tapioca Fritters resemble a chicken leg and hence the name Kappa Kozhikaal. The dish originated in northern Kerala where some of the best tapioca plants grow. Kappa Kozhikaal resembles ‘bajji’, the North Indian snack that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Thattukadas in Malabar region serve Kappa Kozhikaal during evenings and the general public throng the shops for these tasty as well as very economical snacks. Kids love the delicacy and they savor in amusement. Parents do not bother since they are relishing something tasty as well as healthy too. Tourists visiting the state come back each year to taste Tapioca Fritters. The flavor almost resembles french fries.
I am a great fan of Kappa Kozhikaal. Every week I prepare the dish and its my kids who keep motivating me. A lot many dishes are prepared from tapioca. Kappa Kozhikaal is unique and distinct with a lip smacking flavor. You can also serve the dish as starters for parties and special occasions. These are wholesome and filling too. Rainy seasons demand fried tapioca fritters, when its raining cats and dogs and you want to warm up. A rush to a nearby thattukada and there you are munching on Kappa Kozhikaal with a cup of hot masala chai. And one vital point, remember to have the fritters hot and crisp. Cold ones lose the charm. I prepare the dish on weekends when my family is around. You can explore a well detailed Kappa Kozhikaal recipe here that can be easily prepared at home.