I should say, making this Kuzhalappam, unlocked a bag of emotions in me. I almost felt suffocated with the sudden outburst of all these emotions. I started off with the feeling of excitement, the excitement of trying something new, something I considered difficult, then it moved on to sadness when one of the steps reminded me about one of my fav persons of all time who is no more, next I felt guilty for not remembering her for so long, then it moved on to frustration, when I thought something went wrong in between, then the excitement again when I got it right, next the happiness when I got exactly what I wanted and sadness again at the thought that, I couldnt share what I made with my parents. But I ended the cycle with feeling a little bit proud of myself for making this :)

So it brings me to the question that I always ask you… can food affect our emotions? Can food make us happy or sad? Or is it the other way round, does emotions affect our eating habits? Coming to think of it, it's co dependent, isnt it? I mean, sometimes food reminds you of happy times, like burger and fries or samosas reminds you about the college days with your friends. Similarly, sometimes when you are sad, you might eat a chocolate or ice cream to cheer you up. Looks like food and emotions are intertwined!

Kuzhalappam Kerala snack recipe
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I bookmarked this recipe long time ago, but I always thought it was too difficult and time consuming. Time consuming – yes, especially when you are making it the first time. Difficult – not so much. Is it worth it – YES! It would be great if you can find some good company while you make this, one of you can roll it and shape it and the other can be in charge of frying. This is one of those recipes, when a good company in kitchen is appreciated!

So… what shall I tell you about Kuzhalappam, hhmm.. If you've already tasted it and liked it, this is a good recipe to try at home. If you havent tasted it, this is one  of those deep fried goodness! It's savoury and has a crunchy texture. If you dont mind homemade deep fried snacks, this fits the bill. This keeps well for 2-3 weeks in an airtight container. This can be a part of your Christmas goodie bag, for those who dont enjoy the sweet treats.

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10 thoughts on “Kuzhalappam”

  1. Hi Maria,

    I am a 21yr old girl who has lived in Dubai all my life. And Kuzhalappam is my favorite snack, it is also the one thing that is not available here. Every time I ask someone to get it from India, they give me that look coz it is a delicate snack and its annoying when it crumbles. I am so glad you put up this recipe, I do not have to plead for them anymore. :P

    Your blog and recipes is one of the reasons I love to cook. Thank you so much for your efforts. Its truly inspiring.

    Lisbella Sebastian.

    • Hi Lisbella,

      Thank you so much :) I’m really touched to know that MM is one one of the reasons that you love cooking. Appreciate it very much! I do hope you get to try this recipe soon and enjoy your Kuzhalappam straight from the stove, make sure, you dont burn your tongue ;)


  2. Hi Maria,
    It looks so irresistibly yummy. Im definitely gonna try this before clearing a doubt.. I have had the Kozhalappams with lil sugar coating, do we have to dip in sugar syrup or something like that?? or is it an entirely different recipe?
    Hey I tried your prawn roast as well as Malabar chicken biriyani there were so so yum more than I could express in words Thanks a ton!!! Keep cooking keep rocking!!!

    • Hi Rashmi,

      Thank you :)

      Yeah, if you want the sugar coated version, you can dip it in sugar syrup, also tone down the small onion, garlic and cumin a bit for the sweeter version. I do hope you get to try this soon and like it too..

      Good to know that you liked the prawns roast and chicken biriyani, thanks for trying them :)


  3. Wooowwyyy..this is something we cant stop eating isnt it ?.kothiyavunnu..if I show this to hubby ,he will definitely say I will become my cooking partner and ask me to make it for him, he will die for it =D

  4. Hi Maria,

    This recipe is just what i was looking for. My son loves this. Last time when we went home, my mom-in-law tried making this for my son and we messed it up. Then i told her abt ur site and said if Maria had it we would hv got it right. Now when i visit her for xmas we will try this.

    Thanks Maria.



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