Mussels / Kallummakaya Mulakittathu


1 cup / 250 gm mussels/ kallummakkaya, cleaned
10 shallots, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
gooseberry sized tamarind / 1 cup tamarind juice
3 tsp chilli powder
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  3. Add curry leaves and chopped shallots and saute well till transparent.
  4. Add ginger and garlic paste to this and saute well till raw smell disappears.
  5. Add chilli powder and turmeric powder and mix well for a minute.
  6. Add chopped tomato and saute well till soft.
  7. Then add cleaned mussels and mix well. Add salt and tamarind water and mix well.
  8. Add more water if required and bring it to a boil and then cook covered on low-medium flame until the mussels are cooked and the gravy is thick.
  9. Remove from the flame and serve hot…

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