DIFFICULTY: Easy
Makes 6-8 servings
Preparation Time: 1 day and 1 hour

water, for boiling
1 tbsp salt
2 cups kalabasa, cut into medium pieces
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon chicken powder
1 cup rice flour
1 cup cornstarch
water for boiling dough
oil, for deep-frying

  1. COOK KALABASA

    In a pot over medium heat, boil kalabasa in salted water until tender. Drain well and transfer to a bowl. Reserve 1/3 cup of the boiled liquid to be used later.

  2. SEASON

    In the bowl, mash the boiled kalabasa until it turns into a smooth purée. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, chicken powder, then mix well.

  3. LOOSEN THE MIXTURE

    Add the reserved liquid 1/3 at a time, mixing the kalabasa mixture well after each addition until the mixture becomes looser.

  4. PREPARE THICKENER

    In a bowl, mix together the rice flour and cornstarch until well combined. Add the flour mixture into the kalabasa little by little until it forms a shaggy dough.

  5. SHAPE THE DOUGH

    Knead the dough into smooth thick cylinders. The dough should be moist and not dry.

  6. BOIL TO FLOAT

    In a pot over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Gently drop and boil the dough until they float on top of the water, around 20-30 minutes. Let cool and chill overnight.

  7. SLICE AND BAKE

    Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into thin slices then spread onto a wire rack and dry the chips in a 120°C oven. 

  8. DEEP-FRY

    Heat oil in a large wok/pot over high heat and drop the dried kalabasa chips until they puff up. Drain excess oil and serve immediately. Serve with sweet chili sauce or spiced vinegar.

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