Mussels fry also called Kallumakkaya fry is an authentic Kerala-style recipe that is popular. It’s an incredibly tasty dish that’s prepared with spices and coconut slices for the best flavours. This dish can be prepared as a side dish or even as an appetizer for family get-togethers or other small occasions at home. It’s one of the best recipes to try if you’re craving something spicy and unique.
How to Make Mussels Fry/Kallumakkaya Fry?
Kallumakkaya fry is an easy and quick dish if you’ve got all the ingredients ready. Mussels are cooked and the flesh is removed. Onions and shallots are sauteed along with coconut slices and aromatic spices such as coriander, turmeric, black pepper, red chilli, and garam masala powder. Tomatoes are then added and cooked till mushy. The cooked mussels are added and combined with the masala. The dish is garnished with curry leaves and served hot with rice. You could even eat this with roti or bread if you prefer. This recipe is usually enjoyed as an appetizer or a side dish in Kerala. If you prefer spicy food, then Kallumakkaya Fry is the perfect dish for you. You could increase or decrease the quantity of the spices according to your taste buds.
If you’re looking to try out a unique seafood recipe for the weekend or any occasion, Kerala-style Kallumakkaya fry is the perfect recipe for you. Make sure to try this spicy and delicious recipe to impress your family and guests.
Place a pot over medium heat and add ½ cup of water. Add the salt, turmeric powder and mussels. Cover and cook for five to six minutes. During the cooking process, make sure to give the pan a shake. Once the mussels cook, the shells open. Discard any unopened shells. Now, drain the water and scoop the mussel meat from each shell and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat and add the onions, shallots, curry leaves, coconut slices and green chillies. Sauté well for about three to four minutes until the coconut slices and onions are browned. Add in the ginger and garlic and sauté again for about a minute.
Add coriander, turmeric, garam masala, red chilli powder, black pepper powder and salt. Sauté until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and cook well until they turn soft and mushy. Add the cooked mussel meat and a little water if required. Cover and cook for two minutes.
Garnish with curry leaves. Serve hot. Enjoy!
For the perfect authentic taste, use coconut oil instead of other cooking oils. Cleaning mussels may seem like a daunting task, but it’s easy. Simply pull out the beard and give the mussel shells a nice scrub. When choosing mussels, make sure that the shells are closed and do not have any cracks. If you find cracks or opened shells, discard them. When cooking the mussels, add turmeric as it enhances the flavour. Once the mussels are cooked, make sure to discard any unopened mussels. Try to use fresh coconut slices as it gives a crunchy texture to the dish. Remember not to overcook the mussels once they are added to the sauteed ingredients. Try this yummy Kerala-styleKallumakkaya Fry at home. Be sure to take a few pictures for Instagram and tag us using #MadeWithLicious for a chance to win Licious Cash. Enjoy!