Kilikkoodu ~ Malabar “Bird’s Nest” Croquettes



There is never a dearth of snacks as far as Malabar is concerned. Give them a mystery box and they will come up with ideas that you would have never imagined in your life! I am not so creative, if you really ask me. HD taunts saying that I only know to cook from the book while my BFF (remember her fish thoran? Yum…) tells me that even getting delicious food after cooking from the book is a blessing. I love you dear, you always make me feel good… πŸ˜€


Kilikkoodu is nothing but croquettes coated with vermicelli, giving it an appearance of a bird’s nest. That is what the name of the snack means too! The filling is normally of cutlet, whichever way you like to make, the only difference is that instead of rolling them in bread crumbs, you roll them into a plate of crushed vermicelli (the thick one), press them slightly within your palm so that the vermicelli sticks to it and fry them till crisp. You just need to be careful of not burning the vermicelli coating. Normally, this snack is made with chicken, but I have used fish here. You can even make it with vegetables as long as you dip them in egg and coat them well with vermicelli! πŸ™‚ Off to the recipe…




4 from 1 vote

Kilikkoodu ~ Bird's Nest Croquettes

Course Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 500 gm fish fillet
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 potatoes around 400 gm, boiled and mashed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 green chillies minced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • Broken vermicelli as required
  • Oil for frying


  • Rub some salt and pepper on the fillet.
  • On a grill pan, brush some oil and grill both sides of the fish till done.
  • Flake the fish and mix into the mashed potatoes.
  • In a frying pan, heat oil, fry the onion till wilted.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  • Add the masala powders and saute for another minute.
  • Add in the fish and potato mash and mix well. Keep on simmer for five minutes.
  • Empty into a bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  • Shape into crocquettes, roll in the egg and then coat with the vermicelli.
  • Fry on all sides till golden brown. Drain onto a kitchen towel.
  • Serve warm as is, with ketchup or the way you like!


You can use chicken or meat instead of fish.

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  1. Wow adipoli Kothipichu.????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… thanks Beena… πŸ™‚

  2. 4 stars

    I am definitely gonna try this. Can you tell me if you are deep frying or shallow ? also won’t the vermicelli come off ?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hi Yeleena, dip the patty well in the egg and roll them in the vermicelli. Press it nicely on the patty so that it sticks. I did not deep fry them, you can do that as well. While shallow frying just make sure to roll it so that the vermicelli is cooked. The egg will cause the vermicelli to stick, so there is no concern as such. Hope this helps and you try it out soon…

  3. Sounds so yummy and tempting to try it out immediately !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sharmila…

  4. Fried goodness!!! Tasted it once with chicken in neighbours house ,but that was maharastrian version with goda masala .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I guess there must be other variants too! Thanks a lot Nusrath…

  5. Priya @asmallbite
    Superb recipe,like it very much.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  6. nice croquettes…feel like grabbing one….

  7. I have tried the vegetarian version – invariably burnt it as well.
    Probably I should try a different brand of vermicelli i got mine harder.

  8. kids will love this….love the outer crispy coating

  9. How cool! The nest looks crunchy and tempting.

  10. love to coat cutlets with a nice crunch..these look so cute and Yummy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  11. Its tea time now and am drooling seeing the kilikkoodu πŸ™‚ Looks easy to make & a filling snack definitely πŸ™‚ And yea, true, malabar region seems to have no dearth for recipes πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Chitra… πŸ˜€

  12. These look so good! I can imagine the crunch from the vermicelli before hitting the soft centre!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  13. Lol book noki. Finally ruchiyulla bhakshanam kitiyapore πŸ™‚
    Kilikoodu looks ugran . Is thick or thin variety of vermicelli used for this Rafee?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Athonnum oru sangathiyalla… πŸ˜€ For this you use the thick vermicelli, I will update in the post… Thanks a lot Meena…

  14. Wow, such a pretty treat! Love to have a bite too, dear! xoxo

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Blackswan…

  15. Wow! I have heard and seen about this so much but havent had the oppo to have it. Seems easy to make… Should we use roast the vermicelli? Any specific type?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You don’t need to roast the vermicelli. Use the thick one that we normally make our payasam with… Thanks a lot dear…

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