Kannur Style Chicken Rolls

A food with a story here…Β When we were in school, my sister had gone to her friend’s house for an Iftar (breaking the fast during Ramadan) party. That is when she first had this. She came home and told umma about the awesome snack that she had eaten at her house. Umma asked her to inquire about the recipe from her friend’s umma. So both the ummas share the recipe and from then on, this is something that umma makes when she is really in a good mood – just like the Athishayapathiri. Since we didn’t know what this was called, we called the appam in her name – I am not revealing the name due to privacy reasons, not that I know where she is but just like that… πŸ™‚ I discovered the name when I found this recipe and that’s when I realised that it is Β a Kannur special. Yes, my sister’s friend was from Kannur! So finally I get to put a name for it!


This is the way we make it at home. The chicken filling to be used is totally upto you. You can use your family recipe for the same or just dig up the simple filling that I make. A little bit of work but worth it all, as it just disappears when it makes its appearance on the dining table along with a cup of tea!


You can also check out my friend Resna’s recipe to have a look at the step by step! πŸ™‚



Kannur Style Chicken Rolls

Course Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 250 gm chicken
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves minced
  • 3 green chillies minced
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Breadcrumbs for dipping
  • Oil for frying


  • Combine ingredients from chicken to salt in a pressure cooker. Cook for three whistles and switch off. Allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid and cook on high till the stock is dried up and coats on the chicken. Allow to cool completely. Grind and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat oil. Saute the onions, curry leaves and green chillies till the onion becomes translucent. Add the ground chicken and mix well till combined. Adjust salt and pepper unto your taste. Allow to cool.
  • For making the crepes, combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend till well combined. Pour into a bowl.
  • Heat a pancake pan, and make thin crepes from the batter. Only cook one side, there is no need to flip.
  • Put into a flat plate. Add a little chicken filling in the center. Flip the top and bottom onto the chicken wrapping. Roll like a spring roll.
  • The heat on the crepe will automatically seal the roll. Repeat for all the crepes. I made around 10 crepes with this batter.
  • Heat a frying pan with oil covering the layer. Dip each of the rolls into the beaten egg and then roll into the breadcrumbs.
  • Dip slowly into oil and fry both sides till golden brown. Handle with care as they can break off. Drain excess oil on a kitchen towel.
  • Enjoy warm with your coffee or tea!


You can use your own chicken filling for this roll.
If the roll doesn't stick on its own - it must! - please make a slurry of all purpose flour and water thick enough to be like glue and use it to make it stick.

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  1. the recipe names are so new to me raffy πŸ™‚ but em loving these rolls wow πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  2. Thats where my folks are from… πŸ™‚ I am always awed at the tedious work that goes behind those lovely snacks at ifthars… I so envy my cousins who learn to male these nomb thura palaharams.. I only win by asking do you know spaghetti meat balls πŸ˜› wicked me! I have to try this Raf, looks so delicious! your lucky I am not in UAE, else would have been your constant guest! :-IP

    1. Haha… I wouldn't mind u being my guest Fami… but the issue is whether I would be at home! πŸ˜‰ Hope you try them and like them, dear… thanks a lot…

    1. Thanks a lot Sona…

  3. this is something unique…Childhood days are always remembered because they are full with colorful events

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  4. Looking good rafee…wish i could have one…or two…or three…or more πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much Suji… πŸ™‚

  5. The rolls are making me drool now Rafee. Looks so delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi…

  6. Some dishes we like so much that it leaves impression for many years. I can have many of these

    1. Thank you so much Deepasri…

  7. Yum and nice. I don't think I am up to mark to make the crepes. I have some puff pastries and that I think should be good too.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  8. Looks so good and perfect…

    1. Thanks a lot Rumana…

  9. looks sooo nice.. will try this..

    1. Thanks a lot Lisha…

  10. Tempting rolls.. Looks delicious!

    1. Thanks a lot Rani…

  11. Looks delicious . Love it

    1. Thanks a lot Beena…

  12. Mouthwatering recipe……..I love this snack…. bookmarked…! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Azee…

  13. These rolls make me crave. Looks very delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Viki…

  14. These rolls look delish. Ma shaa Allah.

    1. JazakAllah Khair dear…

  15. love to say it one word,bookmarked….perfect for a after school snack,Rafee..am sure kids might have enjoyed πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  16. Wow, this must taste so awesome! I think I've eaten a similar dish but with fish filling inside…they were called fish packets or something. This looks so good I'm tempted to try it soon.

    1. Seeing you over after so long Manju… thanks a lot…

  17. this is so new to me, definitely will give this one a try when i make dosa next time

    1. Thank you so much Razina…

  18. Hey …what a similarity ….the same recipe was shared by one of my ex bengali neighbour from bangladesh years ago ,that its a famous snack at their home town ,Iwas asked to add corn flour/starch to make it much softer …..my kids too have given these beauties the name " ******auntiesrolls "……very funny .

    1. Actually speaking there is a lot of similarity between cooking of Kerala and Bengal… it's really surprising, since both these countries are so far away from each other! Thanks a lot Nusrath…

    1. Thanks a lot Nammi…

  19. yes dear this is really a yummy snack…we often prepare this ..I am also from Kannur so…

    1. Yummy is an understatement, Ruxana… thanks a lot dear…

  20. I had these a couple of years ago and simply loved them… I should make them

    1. They are easy Rekha, hope you will try… thanks a lot dear…

  21. Very similar to our mince pan rolls.. Looks mouthwatering dear.. Feel tempted looking at the pic..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  22. We used to get this rolls in our college canteen in Thrissur. Feeling nostalgic Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  23. That must be a crowd pleasing snack I bet. I liked everything that goes into that roll.

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