How to make mussel meat fry?

Mussel Meat Fry -North Malabar Style|How To

Mussel meat fry is a spicy preparation of mussel meat flavored with a tinge of ginger and garlic. A favorite appetizer or can also be had with rice. It is a special dish of the North Malabar region, in South India, where it called “Kallumakaya Varratiyathu”.

How to make Mussel Fry?
How to make Mussel Fry- North Malabar style?

The weather outside is getting cooler with the arrival of Fall season, the leaves are changing colors……





……..hunger pangs have taken a rhythm of their own as the colder weather approaches. The ache to eat something spicy is a necessity , when you get back home in the evening, tired and hungry…….so what do you do? Make smart choices and plan your menu over the weekend for the upcoming week and Voila when you come home,  yummy food is already waiting for you, all you have to do is warm it up and fill your sense of taste and satiation.

The Korean Market near home has the best sea food collection, I usually get my supply from there,

so this weekend, I picked a packet of Mussel meat along with some Spanish mackerel all the while thinking of some yummy dish to prepare with them as I moved my shopping cart slowly in the store.

By the time I reached home, my mind was already made up for what I wanted to do with the mussels. To relive the experience of the sea food from my homeland I opted to try out this spicy recipe from the North Malabar region of India. It is also called,”Kallumakai Varratiyathu “in the  southern state of Kerala……spicy  with a tinge of sourness due to Vinegar, sure to keep your insides warm while it’s blowing cold outside. Enjoy !

Winter is the best time for seafood. Go on try out some recipes with mussel meat, they are filled protein and are super delicious !

Mussel Meat Fry -North Malabar Style|How To

Mussel Meat Fry -North Malabar Style|How To

Recipe by Maya Shetty
Cuisine: Indian
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  • 1 pack Mussel meat ( around 30-35 de-shelled mussel meat)

  • 6 -8 Shallots (large) finely sliced

  • 6 -7 Garlic

  • 2 ‘ Fresh Ginger

  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder

  • 2 tbsp Red Chili powder

  • 1 tsp Pepper powder

  • 1 tsp Coriander powder

  • 1 tsp Garam masala

  • 1 tsp Rice Vinegar can substitute with Fish sauce too ( both optional)

  • a few Curry leaves

  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil


  • Clean the mussel meat under running water two or three times in a colander to remove any dirt or soil that might be sticking to it. Set aside.
  • In a thick bottomed vessel, add the coconut oil and warm it. To this add the finely sliced shallots and curry leaves.
  • Saute until it becomes golden brown color.To the above add the ginger garlic paste, saute until the raw smell disappears.
  • Now, add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala to the above and stir them well together so that the onions are coated with the spice powders.
  • Add the cleaned mussels, vinegar and salt to taste, cover with lid and cook.
  • There is no need to add water, since mussels have water in them, which seeps out while cooking. When the water is completely absorbed the mussels are cooked & ready.
  • Over cooking will lead to rubbery texture, so do not overcook.
  • One can add a tsp or two of coconut oil at this point, if you think it is too dry, it also improves the taste when it’s coconut oil.Serve hot as a side dish and enjoy the mussel fry during this cooler Fall weather season.Enjoy!

Winter is the best time for seafood. Go on try out some recipes with mussel meat, they are filled protein and are super delicious !

Sharing below , my previously published and top listed sought out recipes using mussel meat, for your interest :

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  1. This soundsd delicious! Thank you Maya, and for sharing the recipe as always! <3

    • Thank you, Karen for stopping by and taking the time to read my post, Yes ,indeed it turned out deliciously spicy to beat this sudden drop in temps we are having today 🙂