Kallumakkaya Nirachathu / Spicy stuffed, Steamed & fried Mussels

Spicy stuffed and fried Mussels-Kallumakaya nirachathu

Kallumakaya nirachathu

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Stuffed Fried Mussels is one of the famous snacks in Malabar region of Kerala, India.

Cleaning of the mussels / Kallumakkaya

Clean outside shell of the mussels with the brush to remove all the dirt. Open mussels with knife and softly clean inside, in running water. Gently slide the knife through the slits and open the shell by running the knife around. This is quite tricky and one should be careful not to get hurt. It is easier to open the shell if you slide the knife at the straight portion of the the slit. Keep it in a plate so that the excess water will drain off from inside.

Preparation of the Kallumakkaya Nirachathu

  1. In a mixie pulse grated coconut, shallots and fennel seeds to a coarse paste.
  2. Add this to the rice flour and make a soft dough by adding salted hot water.
  3. Fill this rice dough inside the mussel shells.
  4. Steam this mussel for around 20 minutes in a steamer and allow it to cool.
  5. Gently separate mussel-dough from shell taking care not to seperate separate mussel from dough.
  6. Make a paste of chili powder, turmeric powder and very little salt with just enough water.
  7. Apply this chili paste on steamed Mussel.
  8. In a non stick pan, heat oil and deep fry mussels until golden brown.
  9. Enjoy your kallumakkaya nirachathu with hot tea.

This recipe was contributed by Mrs. Ameera Shafi, a well known chef in social media, winner of various international cooking competitions, and mentor to many budding chefs. You can read about Ameera’s journey into the world of cooking here.

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