Kallumakkaya - Kadukka Varattiyathu Recipe | Mussels Fry Recipe - Kerala Style

Kallumayakaya - Kadukka Varattiyathu -Mussels Fry- Kerala Style
Preparation Time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins
Serves : 4-6 

Ingredients :
Fresh Mussel /Kallumayakaya /Kadukka :  1 kg /2.2 lb
Onion /Savola : 3 medium  (thinly chopped)
Tomato : 2 medium (chopped)
Green Chillies : 3-4 (Slit open lengthwise)
Ginger : 2 tsp
Garlic : 2 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder : 2 tsp
Coriander powder : 11/2 tsp
Homemade Garam Masala 1/4 tsp (To Make Fresh Homemade Garam Masala : Fennel Seeds /Perum Jeerakam : 1 tsp, Cinnamon Stick/karugapatta : 2 inch pieces, Cloves/Grambu : 2, Star anise / Takkolam : 2, Green Cardamom //elakka : 2 pods (or) Use Store Bought Garam Masala : 1/4 tsp)
Fennel seeds powder : 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Oil : 3 tbsp (Preferably coconut oil )
Salt to taste

How to make Fresh Homemade Garam Masala :
1. Dry roast all the ingredients listed above for "To Make Fresh Garam Masala" and grind to fine powder and keep it aside. (Note : You can prepare this in bulk and store, but fresh masala taste too good or use store bought garam masala.)

How to Kallumakkaya Varattiyathu - Kadukka Varattiyathu | Mussels Fry - Kerala Style :

1. Wash and clean the mussels shells well and place them in pot with enough water and boil till the shells open. (Note : Do not use shells that have not opened, Click here or Check here  for how to clean the mussels)
2. Drain all the water and scoop out the mussels from the shell ,clean the dirt and remove the black part in the bottom of the mussel well.

3. In  a cooking vessel (preferably in 'Kalchatti' an Earthen pot) add the cleaned mussels with little salt,1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and cook for 10-15 minutes or till its done.
4. In a wok/kadai heat oil,when its hot add ginger,garlic paste and sauté for few minutes.
5. Add the thinly sliced onions and sauté till it turns to till turns to translucent and light golden brown.
6. Now add the chopped tomato, green chillies & curry leaves and sauté for a while.
7. Reduce the fire to medium and add all the spice powder and sauté till raw smell goes (Note : make sure not to burn the spices)
8. Add the cooked mussels and stir fry till it turns to brown & crispy,adjust the salt & spice powders.
9. Serve hot with Parota Steamed rice or any Indian Bread.


  1. All Sea food are yum... May be this is a degree more.... I love the yummy taste I relish with this prep.... :)


  2. really kothiyavunnu ketto.. very delicious mussels fry.. and best combination with roti/rice.. evertime favorite seafood..

  3. I like mussels! Yours looks so flavourful and tempting with all the spices!

  4. superb mussels fry.........

  5. looks delicious,love the 2nd click with paratha,...

  6. kakka ithuvare njan kazhichittilla.pakshe pictures kandittu kothivarunnu.urappayum try cheyyame

  7. lovely dish..looks spicy n flavorful

  8. eeshwara..engane okke anu elalreyum kothipikunne..Supper kakka erachi roast Sangeetha...

  9. Love Kakka...this preparation looks so good...

  10. Kallumakkaya adipoli ayittundu ketto... really missed your yummy dishes.. :)

  11. This is looking lovely and tempting:)

  12. ethu kallummakaya alle?kakka ethinte cheruthalleda?aarka ethishtallathe.kanditte njan evide vayil kappalodichondirikuva:)

  13. wow... thats looks delicious... love it........

  14. sherikkum kothiyavunnu... Our fav..

  15. wht a tempting n mouthwatering recipe....muahhhh...i love it..

  16. Dear Sangeetha
    Very nice dish...will try if I go near sea....in delhi , we get some frozen ones which I cant eat...
    I may use the spicing for cooking strips of lamb....
    I feel good reading your comments at my sweet Pulao...try it...you may reduce sugar from 1/3 to 1/8th even less. The flavour of the raw garam masala makes all the difference, sweetened or not...
    Have a nice day

  17. Wow..sherikkum kothiyavunu..mu favorite,looks spicy and yummy.

  18. We don't eat mussels but I can definitely try this with shrimp! Must be spicy!

  19. I was very happy to see your comment:-) Very nice presentation. Looks spicy and tasty
    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Thanks everyone for dropping by and leaving ur lovely comments it really makes me very happy reading each one of your comments :)

  21. Adipoli....hmmm pakshe kandodirikanalle yogam ulluuuuuu... nee ivide ullaapoo ithuonnu njangalku undakkithanuilla..:( u just brought back our old memories...love ur recipe di.:):)

  22. Mussels are yum!and varatiyathu is one of the best ways to eat it., next to fry of course.

  23. Anonymous1:35 AM


    i'm craving ur mussel fry!
    pakshey noooo idea how to clean mussels by my self

    ..stuck in nz

  24. Thanks mridu..inni njan avide varumbol undakitharamttoo :-)

    Mallugirl..Yes it is..next time do try this.

    Anonymous, Thanks, Check this video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6arCG7Gakk&NR=1 or just click the link which i have mentioned in the recipe, how to clean musseles. Hope this help you. Do give a try and let me know. :-)

  25. Anonymous11:44 PM

    what do you mean by 1kg mussels?? is it with shells 1 kg or thodd kallangitt verum erachi 1 kg o..??

    1. Hi, Sorry for not being more specific, it is without shells (Yes, thodd kallangittu verum erachi mathram) :) Hope this helps!


  26. sorry to say..but..your pics are looking great...but your receipe doesnt seem to be good...

    1. Thanks! Sorry to hear that you didn't like the recipe as you expected.

  27. Anonymous1:56 AM

    wow........... spr...........


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