Mussels masala fry

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


Ingredients:

Mussels-15
Chilly powder-2tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Vinegar-1 tsp
Pearl onons-12
Garlic-6
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)
Salt-to taste

Method:

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:

Method:

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.





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