Kerala Style Mussel Fry | Kallumakaya Fry


Kerala Style Mussel Fry is an awesome traditional styled dish rich in flavor and aroma. Kallumakaya or mussel is a unique type of sea food with a shell. It is found in sea as well as fresh water. The ones’ found in Kerala are mostly from the sea. It is extracted after a tedious process of boiling and cleaning. You can discover a tasty, spicy and popular Northern Kerala(Malabar) specialty dish here. Cooked mussels are sauteed with shallots and other spicy ingredients. This is an incredibly tasty and delicious dish that goes well with rice, chappathy and pathiri. Kallumakaya Fry can also be served as an appetizer. Packed with spicy flavors, this is an easy dish to prepare. Time is spent on cleaning of mussels which is a daunting task. If you get cleaned mussels from store, you can save much time. Uncleaned mussels require much of your time and effort.

While selecting mussels, make sure that the shells are closed and cracks are not be there. Cracks reveal that the mussel is dead and there are chances of food contamination. While cooking mussels, the shells will open on its own once the meat is cooked. Scoop out the cooked mussel meat and discard the shells. Remember to discard any unopened shells. Kerala Style Mussel Fry is unique and special with fried shallots and pepper contributing to the flavor of the dish. You can increase or decrease the peppery flavor as per requirement. Coconut oil complements the authenticity of Kallumakaya Fry. You can use any other oil if coconut oil is not in stock. Another important point to note is that mussel meat should not be over cooked. Overcooking makes the mussel meat hard and rubbery. Mussels are a rich source of protein and a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, folate and zinc. You can explore a well detailed Kallumakaya Fry recipe here that can be easily prepared at home.

Kerala Style Mussel Fry | Kallumakaya Fry –

Kerala Style Mussel Fry | Kallumakaya Fry

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 People



  • Cleaning the mussels constitutes the first step. If you buy it with the shell wash it well and add it to 2 cups of boiling water. The tight lipped shells will open up after 10-15 minutes. Switch off the flame after this.
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  • When the water has cooled down, remove the mussels from the shells. You will see a black intestine in the center of mussel meat. Take this out by pressing the bulged center of the mussel. If you buy cleaned mussels you can omit all these steps.
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  • Marinate the mussels in 1 tsp red chilly powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt as required. Fry for 5-10 minutes and switch off the flame. Overcooking makes the mussels rubbery so do not overcook the mussels.
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  • Heat the remaining oil in the same kadai and add crushed ginger and garlic.
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  • Add and saute the chopped shallots, green chilly and curry leaves till the shallots brown.
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  • Then add tomato and saute for another 5 minutes.
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  • Add the mussels now and stir fry for 10 minutes. Add the spice powders and saute for sometime till the spice powders are well roasted with the other ingredients. Cover the pan with a lid and turn the flame low to let the mussels cook for 4-5 minutes more.
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  • Serve immediately with rice, chappati, pathiri etc.
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You can visit the link Kallumakaya Roast. You can also visit this link Mussel Ularthu.
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