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Kallummekkaya varuthathu | Kerala Mussels fry

Kallummekkaya fry

Spicy Kerala style Mussels /Kallummekkaya fry.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves:2 to 3 people


  1. Kallumekkaya /Mussels ( Shells removed and cleaned)- 500 gms
  2. Garlic,paste-1.5 tsp
  3. Ginger,paste-1.5 tsp
  4. Kashmiri chili powder-3 to 4 tsp( or to taste)
  5. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  6. Black pepper powder-1 tsp( or to taste)
  7. Fennel powder-3/4 to 1 tsp
  8. Vinegar-1 tsp
  9. Curry leaves- 3 to 4 sprigs
  10. Salt-to taste
  11. Oil-as required


  • In a bowl,combine together garlic,ginger,kashmiri chili powder,turmeric powder,black pepper powder ,fennel powder,vinegar and salt .Marinate the mussels /kallummekkaya with this masala  for about 15-20  minutes. 
  • Heat oil in a pan,add curry leaves and the marinated mussels.Mix well cover and cook  for about 15 minutes ,stirring once or twice in between.Uncover and cook until it turns brown and crisp on all the sides.
  • Serve with rice.

    • Adjust the quantity of chili powder and pepper powder according to your taste.
    • As we wanted it to be a bit spicy ,I used about 5 tsp kashmiri chili powder and 1.5 tsp pepper powder.

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