Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Kallumakkaya Ularthiyathu / Mussels Fry

Mussels, commonly referred to in Kerala as Kallumakkaya or Kadukka, is a very popular seafood in the coastal regions of Kerala. It is harvested from the rocks found on the coastal lines. There are different recipes that Kerala has to offer to savour these shell meat. Here is one of the recipes - a lip smacking simple, yet spicy preparation - Kallumakkaya Ularthiyathu. The rich flavour of the mussels are enhanced by the use of chilly powder, pepper powder and fennel powder. And you can't the forget the coconut pieces that you bite into in between. Nothing much can be said about this dish, except that you have to taste it to fall in love with it.

Serves: 4 - 5
Preparation Time: 10 minutes + time to clean and prepare mussels
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

  • 500g mussel meat, heat shocked, shelled and cleaned (around 40 - 45)
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, finely minced
  • 4 medium green chilly, chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 1/3 cup coconut pieces, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri chilly powder
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp + 1 tsp fennel powder (may add more if required)
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • salt to taste 

1. Heat oil in a flat bottomed pan over medium flame. Splutter mustard seeds followed by curry leaves. Add ginger, garlic and green chilly and stir fry until they turn brown. Then add coconut pieces and onion with salt and stir fry until onion becomes soft for two minutes.
2. Then add all the spice powders except for 1 tsp fennel powder and roast until aroma rises. Add vinegar and mix well. Then add mussel meat and toss carefully till mussels are coated with the spices. Spread the mussels in a single layer in the pan and cook on the open pan over high flame until all water evaporates, tossing occasionally, taking care not to burn. When the mussels are fried well remove from flame and sprinkle the remaining fennel powder and toss.

Serve hot with rice or tapioca.


  1. Never eaten mussels before!! But it looks very inviting. The idea of having the beans & carrot thoran nearby makes the picture look even more drool worthy!!

  2. yummmy.... my hubby loves kallumakkaya even though i'm not a big fan, this looks really sumptious...

  3. Hi, this looks so delicious. nice one.

  4. very tempting...lovely clicks...

  5. I've never tried mussels but these look delicious!! Thanx for sharing!

  6. Though I don't eat mussels - your pictures are so tempting! Looks so very yummy :)

  7. Lovely :) And I love mussels.. Gonna try this :)

  8. I have never tried mussels this looks so yum, i think i must give this a try sometime

  9. Looks tempting n delicious... Awesome clicks

  10. Never tried mussels. Looks different.

  11. One of my favorite sea food. It is referred as 'Kakka Irachi' at our place. I love them with kappa.

  12. Love the vegetable side dish. LOL.

  13. Never eaten mussels before.My husband's favourite so we order from Kerala restaurant which is near by our place.

  14. amazing one....beautiful clicks....
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  15. Looks amazing!!!!!!!! Great recipe!
    Best regards!

  16. This is one of my favorite sea food. This dish is tempting..

  17. hi there, thanks for dropping by. nice blog..and loove kallumaekaaya...the snaps luks too inviting.

  18. Mussels is one of our fav yet we hardly cook them! bookmarking this for the next time we get mussels in!:-)

  19. Lovely, thanks for sharing

  20. yummy!!!!I like this spicy appearance...

  21. Vineetha Ravindran5:37 pm, July 23, 2013

    innathe dinner ithu thanne ;)