Koyikkaal - 'Veggie Chicken Leg' - A Snack from Thalassery....

Don't get surprised by the name 'Koyikkal', literally means chicken legs in malayalam. I know all might be thinking what's in a chicken leg??? Why am i saying 'Veggie Chicken Leg'......, this is how we surprise our guests..., but this is a dish with tapioca dipped in a batter of gram flour and spices.This is a special snack from 'Thalassery' and is available only in Thalassery town.
This is my first try out @ home, as i got some fresh tapioca from Kerala, and my kids were wanting to have some.....That's how i ended up with this post ....

Let's scroll down to view the recipe  

Tapioca - 1/2 kg
For the batter
Gram flour/Besan - 1/2 cup Garlic crushed with skin - 8 - 10 Red chill powder - 3 - 4 Tbsp (if you want, you can mix kashmiri red chill powder also to reduce the spice level)Turmeric powder - 1/2 TspGreen chilly finely chopped - 4Jeera / cumin seeds - 1/2 TspAsafoetida - a pinchSalt - to tasteCurry Leaves finely chopped - 2 Sprigs
Peel the skin of tapioca.Cut into half first. From one half , slit them into thin strips, approx 4 inch long and 1/2 inch broad as shown in pic.  Cut the other half too.Mix all the items under 'For the batter', by adding water to a consistency of dosa batter.

Heat oil for deep frying , on a medium flame.Add some of the tapioca strips to the batter. Take less than a handful of mixture and shape it like in the picture with our hand and fry it in oil. 

and phew!!!!!!! plate kaali ayallo got finished???..yummy snack....

If the batter is watery, adjust with more gram flour or even fine rice powder.This amount of chilli powder is enough..., i would say perfect. It will be correct after frying.

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