The Kerala backwaters, in the southern state of India is a network of interconnected canals, rivers, islands, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both man made and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state.
Kallummekkaya Olathiyathu / Spiced mussels Fry – Instructions to cook.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Min
Kallumakkaya/mussels- 500 g
Shallots- 10 pods
Curry leaves- 3 sprig
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp 1/4tsp
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
Crushed chilli flakes- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Garlic- 6 cloves
Ginger- 1 inch piece
Coconut oil- 3 tbsp
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
Salt- 2 tsp
1) Boil the mussels with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp salt with 1/2 cup water. Cook for 5- 10 minutes and switch off the flame.
Overcooking makes the mussels rubbery so do not overcook the mussels. In a pan heat some oil.
2) Saute the sliced shallots and curry leaves till the shallots brown. Now add the crushed ginger and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
3) Add 1 tsp salt and the spice powders and saute for sometime till the spice powders are well roasted with the other ingredients.
4) Add the mussels now and stir fry for 10 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and turn the flame low to let the mussels cook for 4-5 minutes more.
5) Add lime juice and give the mussels a final stir before taking the mussels off the flame. Your spicy stir fried mussels is ready to serve.