Mussel Meat Stir Fry

Mussel Meat Stir Fry

Mussel meat stir fry or Marwai Sukka is an authentic seafood delicacy of the coastal city of Mangalore, in South India. A delicious spicy dish for meal times, where mussel meat is cooked in coconut base. A favorite among sea food lovers, goes exceptionally well with brown rice & yogurt.

Mussel Meat Stir Fry
How to make Mussel Meat Stir Fry?

What does ‘Sukka‘ mean?

 Sukka in Tulu ( a language spoken in the coastal city of Mangalore and surrounding areas) means a semi dry gravy. It is also called ‘Ajadhina’ which means a semi-dry gravy as well.

What are the health benefits of eating mussels/clams?

Low calorie, protein rich seafood which packs a punch with its nutritional benefits of providing the body with necessary minerals and vitamins required for growth.Mussels/Clams are rich in iron and hence are a boon for those suffering from Iron deficiency anemias.It is a source of potassium and Omega 3 fatty acids and hence is heart healthy .

The Back Story

Food always stirs fond memories. 

The ones I have shared amidst laughter and fun be it with friends or family. 

Summer vacations as a kid meant visiting grand moms at our native, in Mangalore, a coastal village in the South of India.

This coastal belt of cities and villages is a sea food lovers paradise. and is always bursting with seafood, fresh off the boat literally.

The coast of Mangalore

We were treated to the most delicious seafood, during our summer holidays. Both my grand moms were exceptional cooks, who created magic in their kitchen.

A sprinkling of this and a little of that ……and Voila, we had the most delicious fish curries and sukka’s (dry or semi-dry gravies) for every meal.

We, the grandkids did complete justice to the food that was cooked, with love for us.

Why mussel meat sukka?

There is something to be said about the freshly caught fish, than the frozen ones we get in the markets here. The frozen will never match up, and that is a fact!

The mussel meat sukka was a particular favorite of mine.

Watching the rain pour outdoors, while we sat eating ourmarwai sukka” /Mussel meat and hot porridge /ganji is a memory I will carry as long as I live.

Perhaps, it was digging the mussel meat off its shell, or the taste itself flavored with laughter from cousins around, I can’t tell , but I was smitten with this recipe.

The coconut palms that surround ancestral home

The many benefits

For reasons we did not understand then, the emptied shells were scattered around the coconut palms around the home.We hopped around those shells while playing hide and seek.

I can still feel those little bumpy shells under my feet as we skipped along with joy around those trees lining the ancestral home.

It was years later, I found that these shells were used as manure for the trees as they were high in mineral content.

The popular seafood shacks

Later on, when we were students pursuing professional education, we would visit the sea side shacks, which were famous for authentic seafood.

Mussel meat and Crab sukka tickled our palates, as we gathered with friends for our regular weekend dinner.

The familiar taste and the sentiments attached to it, soaked all over us again.

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Mussel Meat Stir Fry/Sukka Recipe

Mussel Meat Stir Fry

Mussel Meat Stir Fry

Recipe by Maya Shetty

How To Make Mussel Meat Stir Fry

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  • 1 tray Mussel meat Each tray contains 40-50 frozen mussel meat

  • 1 large Onion finely chopped

  • 3 -4 cloves Garlic finely chopped

  • Curry Leaves a few

  • 3 -4 tbsp Coconut fresh or desiccated flakes

  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper Powder

  • 1 tsp Garam Masala

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil


  • In a thick bottomed vessel warm the coconut oil, to this add the finely sliced garlic and saute a bit, when the aroma fills the air, add in the sliced onions along with a few curry leaves.
  • Saute, till the onion becomes translucent & turns a golden brown. Now add the turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala & black pepper powder and mix them well along with the garlic & onion mix
  • Now add the cleaned mussel meat to the above mix along with salt to taste and let it cook in its own steam for 5-10 minutes.
  • Do not overcook, as they turn rubbery, it should be just right, juicy and soft !When most of the water is evaporated, add in the coconut flakes, stir  it gently and remove from flame & set aside.
  • Serve it with pulao or a mildly spiced curry and  brown rice.

List of my recipes using mussel/clams

Before we head to the recipes, if you are a beginner with seafood, you definitely need to check out my Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to seafood which will make cooking with seafood a breeze.

Do you know how to choose the right clams? How do you store and cook mussels? Read all about how to buy, store and cook mussels in my post here.

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Now for the recipes,

In a nutshell, here is my post on the amazing collection of mussel/clam recipes on my blog, for your interest. Enjoy!

The Bottom Line

Do you enjoy seafood? If you do, you can savor it anytime throughout the year, not just in winter.I hope you give my Mussel Meat Stir Fry/ Sukka recipe a try? You can thank me later 😉 Its packed with proteins and is super delicious!

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Roselyn Franke
3 years ago

Very interesting article, and it does sound good. While I like some spice, I am not one that can tolerate real spicy dishes. Some restaurants indicate in their menus whether the dish is mild, medium, spicy, hot, etc. How would you rate this recipe? I didn’t give it a star rating since I haven’t tired the recipe.