Kuzhalappam is a tubular crispy yummy snack; originated from Kerala and especially popular in the Thrissur region. When I did my post graduation we used to eat a lot of these with tea during evening. I loved the taste of it and still do. If it is prepared as thin crispy tubes, the taste is really amazing. The size of the tube normally varies, however home made ones could be done in smaller sizes too. It looks similar to the Italian sweet cannoli if it is prepared as smaller tubes. I am used to seeing large tubular kuzhal appams in thrissur, so I am trying to make an extra long version of it.

Kuzhalappam recipe

Rice flour| Idiyappam flour- 2 cups
Sesame seeds- 2 tablespoons
Salt- to taste
Coconut, grated- 1 cup
Small | pearl onion-8-10 nos
Garlic cloves- 4
Cumin seeds- 1 tablespoon
Oil- for frying
Kuzhalappam preparation

  • Grind coconut, small onion, garlic and cumin seeds together as a fine paste; set aside.
  • If you prepare rice flour from scratch, in a heavy bottom vessel roast the rice flour till you see steam from the rice flour.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in another burner.
  • If you use idiyappam flour just heat the flour, add the sesame seeds, salt and just mix well.
  • Add the boiling hot water little by little and mix well using a laddle. 
  • Transfer the dough on a flat surface; wet your hand in water and knead to make a smooth dough without lumps.
  • Grease your fingers in oil and pinch a small lemon sized ball and spread the ball using a rolling pin into a small circle.
  • Using a rod or thin rolling pin roll one side and bring the other side and seal the edge one over the other by slightly pressing.
  • If you need perfect tubes make elongated circles and cut the edges of the dough and then roll them.
  • Arrange in a plate; once you finish the whole lot heat the oil till smoking hot.
  • As I have prepared elongated tubes I have used flat pan to fry them easily in 3 batches.
  • Deep fry them till golden colour. Drain excess oil in kitchen towel.
  • Once it cools down store in airtight container.
Easy Kuzhalappam