Mussels ,most commonly known as Neeli in konkani ,found abundant in Kerala.Mussel farming is most common in North Kerala.Studies say that people who consume Mussels have lower risk s of suffering from arthritis.It is also an excellent source of omega3 fatty acids,iodine etc
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Curry leaves-10 -12 leaves
Coriander powder-2 tsp
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
Tomato sauce-2 tsp
Pepper powder-1/4 tsp (optional)
Green chillies-2 (optional)
1)Marinade the mussels with salt,turmeric powder,chilly powder and vinegar for 1 hour.
2)In a pan shallow fry this in oil.
3)Keep it aside.
4)I n the same pan fry the pearl onions for 4 minutes.
5)Then add Garlic,curry leaves and fry for half a minute.
6)Next add coriander powder,garam masala powder,tomato sauce and fry for few seconds.
7)Then add pepper powder and green chillies and saute it for a minute.
8)Lastly add Sauteed Mussels and cook for few minutes.
Tips:Remember to simmer the flame when you fry the powders.
And the most important part:
How to clean the mussels:
1)Wash the Mussels thoroughly under running water.
2)Then take it in a big vessel and keep it on high flame without adding water.
3)Close the lid and keep for sometime.
4)Sometimes water will ooze out.
5)Dont panic ,open the lid little bit and simmer it.
6)If you feel it is too dry add little water.
7)The shells will open after sometime.
8)This is the indication that it is cooked.
9)Then separate the flesh from the shell.
10)Then clean the flesh by removing the black dirt and hairy substance.