What is Arikadukka/Kalumakkai Nirachathu ?
Arikadukka/Kallumakai Nirachathu is the name given to stuffed and fried mussels in the Northern Malabar region of South India.. These yummy mussel snacks are stuffed with a mix of rice powder, spices and shallots and then steamed with shell and later fried.
Where to buy fresh Mussels from ?
If you live in the coastal area, seafood should never be a problem, for those of us living far way from the coastal land our only option to seafood is either the frozen or the farm raised ones.
The Korean Market with its fresh supply of seafood cast a spell on me, each day as I drove back from work. Determined to dig at seafood this week, I entered the market this evening full of zeal to pick up Mussels & Mussels only!’
Armed with a bag filled with seafood of all kinds, king fish, crabs and mussels, I left the market happy half hour later.It is not like we get fresh seafood everyday, when we do, we bring home the best!
Cleaning the mussels in my kitchen sink with . a colander, I was filled with nostalgia. Back in Dental school during our school breaks, my friends who came back from the Malabar coast, brought us this delicious stuffed mussel fry called Arikadukka/Kalumakkai Nirachathu. I had never tasted a prep like that until my student days, needless to say it became one of my favorite foods of all time.
The cold winds blew heavily outside, snow was on the ground, decades have passed since those days, yet my heart was with the mussels traveling all the way down the malabar coast .I wanted to recreate the magic & the memories in my kitchen in the midwest.
No easy task that. A laborious process indeed, yet my heart was in it, so I did not feel it was labor intense.I remember how we friends would gather in our dormitory rooms together when the delicious food arrived, amidst laughter & chatter we would share the bounty with relish. Surprisingly, they were all with me, the laughter, the cheer, the joy all of it, in my kitchen as I cooked the mussels step by step.
Enjoy my stuffed mussel fry , by following the step by step procedure listed below. You will come asking for more, that I can bet on! If not, when you get a chance to travel to India, along the malabar coast, ask for Arikadukka’s, you will understand what I mean when i say they are addictive!
- Amount Per ServingCalories1621
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 147g 227%
- Saturated Fat 34g 170%
- Cholesterol 46mg 16%
- Sodium 1513mg 64%
- Potassium 1458mg 42%
- Total Carbohydrate 60g 20%
- Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
- Sugars 17g
- Protein 28g 57%
- Vitamin A 100%
- Vitamin C 64%
- Calcium 29%
- Iron 72%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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 :