Ingredients (Serves 4 to 5):
Kallummakaaya / Kadukka / Mussels -- ¼ kg shelled / 50-70 small sized
Potato -- 1 medium size
Finely Chopped Onions -- 1 medium size
Ginger -- 1 tbsp, chopped finely
Garlic -- 1 tbsp, chopped finely
Green chillies -- 2 - 3, adjust according to your spice level. My chillies were really hot.The spice level mainly depends upon the chillies as we add only a little chilly powder.
Tomato -- 1 medium size
Turmeric powder -- ½ tsp
Coriander seeds -- 1 tbsp (You can also use 1 tbsp coriander powder)
Whole Red Chilly -- 2 - 3 (You can replace this by ½ tsp chilly powder) + 2 for garnishing
Garam Masala powder -- ½ tsp
Coconut -- ¼ of medium size
Mustard seeds -- ½ tsp
Curry leaves -- 2 - 3 springs
Coriander leaves -- 2 - 3 springs
Small onions (Shallots) -- 2
Ghee / Oil -- 1 tbsp
Salt -- to taste
Preparation of curry:
The mussels I got here from Costco was the small ones with the shell - Around 50 - 60 nos. Roughly clean the shell using a brush and then steam/heat them in a large vessel without the lid on a low flame. DO NOT add water. Water comes out of the mussels. I used a pressure cooker without the lid.The shells open wide when they are heated. Toss the vessel in-between to ensure that they are evenly heated and open. When all of them are open, switch off the flame and let it cool.Now you can just pull out the flesh out of the shells. Few of them would have already fallen off. Instead of steaming the mussels, you can also open the shell by running your knife through the wedges and peel of the flesh from it.I usually do this only for big ones. Doing it this way is a pain for small ones.Pour the water that came out of the mussels into another small bowl and let it rest for a while. The impurities/particles in the water will sediment and now use that water to clean the mussels. DO NOT use plain water as this mussels will lose it sourness if washed.If you get larger ones devein them.It would be much easier to get the peeled ones :) Now that the mussels are ready to be cooked, lets go ahead with the curry. There are different ways I prepare this curry.
Fry the shredded coconut with coriander seeds and whole chillies until coconut is brown in colour. Make sure you do this on a low flame and keep saute-ing as we need the coconut to be evenly fried and browned. Also make sure that you do not burn the coconut. Remove it from the stove as soon as it is done as there are chances that the coconut burns in the pan. If using coriander and chilly powders, add them a minute before switching off the flame and mix it well with the coconut. This gives a fried taste to the powders. Let it cool and grind it to a fine paste/liquid form.
Keep the mussels in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the chopped onions, tomatoes, potato, slit green chillies, ginger,garlic, curry leaves, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt to the mussels and mix well. Keep aside for 15 - 20 minutes. OR Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, Saute the onions, slit green chillies, ginger,garlic, curry leaves until the onions are pink and soft. Add the tomatoes and saute until they are squishy. Then add the turmeric powder and garam masala and saute until the raw smell goes off. Add the potatoes and fry for few minutes and then add the mussels.
Cook the mussels on a medium low flame. Add water as required.Once the mussels & potatoes are 90% cooked, mix the ground coconut and let it boil. Add required amount of water if you need more gravy and let it boil. Add the chopped coriander leaves, switch off the flame and close the pan with the lid. This helps the flavor to induce into the curry.Splutter the mustard seeds and fry the chopped shallots and red chillies in ghee and garnish the curry. Serve hot with rice.
Recipe Courtesy: Amma