It has been a long time since I have blogged about the recipe from Kerala, South India. This Kozhikal (means chicken legs in Malayalam) is a vegetarian dish. No relationship with chicken in any forms. This is street food snack from North of Kerala, Thalassery. This Kozhikal/Yuca/Tapioca fries. These are batter fired Yuca/Tapioca chips
You can cut potato into thin slices however cutting Yuca/Tapioca needs some extra power as they are thick you need to cut it into small pieces and then into thin slices similar to French fries. Deliciously crunchy and pleasantly spicy, this is a great alternative to French fries. You need to serve fresh otherwise they lose their crunchiness.
I learnt this recipe from a street food vendor in a YouTube video. He is making in bulk but I adjusted it to my taste and for a 4 serving. I got a fresh Yucca root from Indian store; the earlier one which I bought from Walmart got spoilt even before using. You need to add salt, chili, turmeric, meat masala, green masala, all-purpose flour, besan/chickpea flour, curry leaves along with Yuca to make this delicious snack. It is perfect for cup or tea or coffee. Street food tastes great, as vendor is solely depend on the customer’s word of mouth to keep his business running. Since street vendors have no fancy advertising, only appreciation from their clients is the key to survival.
When it comes to versatility and texture, yuca has many similarities to white potatoes. This tuber can be boiled, fried, roasted and used for baking. I have earlier made curries with Yuca/Tapioca,fried chips , fried chips and now this Yuca fries.
If you want to try another chip, instead of your French fries and is also able to find fresh yuca root then give it a try. I won’t say it is healthy but definitely delicious. Go ahead and try frying this for next snack menu.
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This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.