The perfect tea time snack, rice flour cannoli or kuzhalappam (natively known in Kerala, India) is a crunchy and tasty fried snack, which can be eaten as a savoury or a sweet. It is a tube-shaped snack and is prepared by frying a mix of ingredients rolled into a dough.
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 5 to 6
- 60 gms grated coconut
- 40 gms shallots
- 15 gms garlic
- 1 tsp cumin (jeera)
- 500 gms dry roasted rice four
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp refined oil
- 470 ml water (to mix the rice flour)
- ½ of one beaten egg
- Salt (as required)
Step 1: In a food processer, add grated coconut, shallots, garlic and cumin with 2 tablespoons of water and grind it to a coarse mix.
Step 2: To a pan, boil water and add a tablespoon of refined oil. Next, add the coarsely ground coconut mix and salt (as required) and then bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame and keep it aside.
Step 3: Take the dry roasted rice flour in a heavy pan and add a tablespoon of sesame. Add the coconut mix to it, and the beaten egg as well. Knead it gently with a spoon for few minutes and keep it aside for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 4: Once the mixture has cooled, knead the mixture well with your hands for another 5 minutes till you get a soft dough.
Step 5: Take a rolling pin and board and cover it with cling film. Lightly grease the surface of the cling film with oil.
Step 6: Pinch small portions of the dough and roll it into marble-sized balls.
Step 7: Place the dough ball on the rolling pin board and cover it with another lightly oiled sheet of cling film.
Step 8: Gently roll it out to a thin round sheet.
Step 9: Remove the cling film from the surface of the dough, and carefully remove the flattened dough ball.
Step 10: Roll it into a cylindrical shape with lightly oiled fingers and seal the edges properly.
Step 11: Heat refined oil in a thick-bottomed pan to fry the 'Kuzhalappam'. Once heated, bring the flame to a medium.
Step 12: Drop the cylindrical dough into the hot oil and fry it till it becomes crispy and light brown, in colour. Stir occasionally for even frying.
Step 13: Remove the 'Kuzhalappam' from the oil with a mesh strainer, and transfer it on to a kitchen tissue paper.
Step 14: Allow it to cool and the store it in an air tight container. Serve and enjoy with a hot cup of tea!
- For easy preparation use readymade 'Idiyappam podi' instead of 'Roasted rice flour'
- Beaten egg gives more crispness to Kuzhalappam, however it is optional.