Mussels Pickle


Mussels Pickle

Pickle with Mussels(Kallummakkai)
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 8 people


  • 1/2 kg Mussels Kallummakkai
  • 5 tsp Pickle powder preferably Eastern pickle powder
  • 200 gm Gingelly oil
  • 4 tsp Vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Pepper crushed
  • 10 nos Garlic pods
  • 3 - Salt
  • 4 tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 tsp Chilly powder


  • Clean mussels properly.
  • :- There is a portion which looks dark that needs to be removed.
  • Soak the cleaned mussels in water mixed with turmeric powder and salt.
  • :- Clean it 2-3 times. This is very much essential. :- A medium size mussel will come to 2 - 3 inches, you can cut to around 1 inch sizes.
  • Mix the mussels with salt, chilly powder and keep it for 1 - 2 hours.
  • Cook the mussels with 1/4 cup of water for around 5 minutes with salt.
  • Sieve it and make the pieces dry (basically unsoak it).
  • Heat 5 - 6 tbsp of gingelly oil in a non stick frying pan.
  • Add garlic pieces and the cooked mussels, along with the crushed pepper. Stir well.
  • Fry for about 15 mins.
  • :- Do not deep fry it.
  • Lower the flame and add the pickle powder and stir for 4 - 5 minutes, till it becomes dark red in colour.
  • Once this is ready, transfer it into a steel vessel.
  • Boil 100-150 gm of gingelly oil in the same frying pan and pour it over the mussels mixed with pickle powder and stir well.
  • :- This forms the gravy for the pickle.
  • Add vinegar and salt, if reqd.
  • :- In a couple of days time, the pickle will be consistent and can be served.
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Response (4)
  1. V
    Vinod April 25, 2005

    Tried this the same day I saw this recipe.
    Came out very good.
    Its spicy ..can keep it for long time ..But I doubt …going to finish soon.
    Thank you again

  2. U
    Unnati October 15, 2008

    is there a substitue for the pickle mixture?

  3. S
    Suja October 7, 2004

    This is excellent, seems to be great

  4. c
    charles November 18, 2004


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