Mussels / Kallummakaya Pola


1/2 kg mussels / kallummakaya, cleaned
1 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp fennel powder
pinch of salt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3-4 tbsp oil

For Masala:

2 onions, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1 tbsp curry leaves, chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
3/4-1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp fennel powder
2 tbsp coriander leaves
salt to taste

For Batter:

1 cup plain flour
2 eggs
1 cup +2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp pepper powder
salt to taste

coriander leaves with stalks


  1. Steam cook the cleaned mussels for 10 minutes. Remove the flesh from shell and marinate it with 1 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, 1/4 tsp fennel powder and a pinch of salt and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add crushed garlic and saute.
  3. Add marinated mussels to this and fry on both sides. Remove them from the pan and then chop them into small pieces ( keep aside 5-6 fried mussels for garnishing on top ) and keep it aside.
  4. In the same oil, add finely chopped onion, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and salt and saute well.
  5. Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder, 3/4 -1 tsp garam masala and 1/4 tsp fennel powder and mix well.
  6. Add the chopped fried mussels and mix well for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Adjust the salt and remove from flame.
  8. In a blender, add eggs, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, milk, 1/2 cup oil, plain flour and salt and blend well.
  9. Heat a non stick saucepan on low flame and add 1 tsp oil / ghee and spread the bottom and sides.
  10. Pour half of the prepared flour batter and cook it covered for about 4-5 minutes at medium flame till lightly cooked.
  11. Then open the lid and add prepared mussels masala and spread it evenly.
  12. Pour the remaining batter on sides first and cover all over the masala.
  13. Garnish with coriander leaves with stalks and reserved fried mussels.
  14. Cover the pan and cook at low flame for 20-30 minutes or until the skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  15. Heat another nonstick pan and apply little oil and flip the prepared pola to the hot pan and cook it again for 2-3 minutes at very low flame.
  16. Remove to a serving dish, cut it into pieces and serve…

Recipe Source: Fadwas Kitchen (YouTube)

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