Kilikood aka birds nest , is Kerala  – Malabar side snack specially made for the bridegroom or during Ramadan 
Alhamdulillah, My mom in law has a small catering back in Kerala , something she is really passionate about ….. she is more into making snacks ,yes calicut style snacks kilikood was one of such item which I suggested to include in the menu . Five years back for a ramdan I made it for the first time , in her catering kitchen since then it’s there in my kitchen also for all ramadan .
What she makes and sells for the bakery is with beef mixture /masala .(beef kofta )

I made it here with chicken , boiled chicken and to that boiled potatoes are added stuffed with a surprise element and then rolled in roasted vermicelli .
I personally some how don’t like this snack too much , as I feel the vermicelli crunch doesn’t have any flavour , I prefer my good old cutlet than this  . But my family are big time fans of this snack  , so every Ramadan I do make it for them .
I did get some suggestions this year , instead of vermicelli to roll in kunafa base , should try that too once .
Why the name birds nest , i gues it’s because it looks like a nest created by birds with pilable materials like rootlets , grass etc . And when you cut this snack you can also find a surprise element ,  yes a Quail egg is stuffed in  …… just like a real nest with egg …. 


  • Chicken -250 gm (boiled with salt and pepper and shredded)
  • Potatoes -2 medium (boiled and smashed)
  • Onion -1 chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste -1 tbs 
  • Green chilly -2 nos chopped 
  • Turmeric -1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – chopped 1 tbs 
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Quail egg – boiled and shell removed 
  • Vermicelli- 1 cup or more dry roasted 
  • Corn flour paste – 2 tbs powder diluted 1/2 cup water 
  • Oil to fry 


  • In a pan pour oil , add chopped onion and sauté , then add ginger garlic paste and green chilly add the boiled chicken , and spice powders to that add the boiled potatoes and coriander leaves and just mix all well . (You can use your basic cutlet filling )
  • Then when the mixture cools down take some and flatten and stuff it with the small quail egg and then cover the egg and roll it to a ball.
  • Now you can dip the chicken potato ball ,  to corn flour water( I am using this instead of egg coating ,it provides the same purpose ) 
  • Then after the corn flour water coating , roll it in the vermicelli 
  • Deep fry till slight brown colour comes , everything is cooked just the vermicelli needs to be crisp . 


  • Can use beef masala also
  • If no quail egg , stuff half a boiled egg .
  • The vermicelli can be replaced with kunafa sheet 
  • Can make a green chutney for this . 

The chicken potato masala /filling 

The quail egg

The corn flour water mix

The vermicelli crushed 

Firat take the chicken potatoes filling and flatten , to fill with a quail egg and then roll it to a ball

Now dip it in corn flour water coating 

Now roll it in vermicelli 

Read to fry deep fry 

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Saw a different presentation by Farah in jorenq community in fb so just tried  that too , flatten the disc and fry and add egg on top , egg was sautéed in spices seperate and added 


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