Sunday Munch-Quick and easy Kerala Cuisine

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Despite the flood catastrophe that hit Kerala, its rich food culture and the demand for Kerala cuisine still reigns high. The diverse food highly popular apart from its breathtaking beauty, makes Kerala one of the most visited states in the country. From the enormous platters of vegetarian dishes like Sadya, to non-vegetarian, the range of non-vegetarian dishes made from seafood and lamb, to the sweet and savoury delicacies, Kerala cuisine is worth the time to savour. The flavours are enhanced with chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind, black pepper, cardamom, clove, ginger, cinnamon, and asafoetida. For your lazy Sunday evening, this quick and easy Kerala cuisines will make you feel blessed to have Kerala as your neighbour:

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Kallumakkaya Ularthiyathu (Mussel stir fry).

This mussel spicy dish is common in Malabar and eaten either as an appetiser or a side dish.

How to prepare Kallumakkaya Ularthiyathu

Preparation-20 minutes

Cooking time-20 minutes

Total-40 minutes

Yielding-3 servings

Ingredients:

Mussels / Kallumakkaya / Kadukka(deshelled)-1/2 kilogram

shallot (chopped)-1/2 cup

garlic (crushed)-1 tablespoon

ginger (crushed)-1 tablespoon

turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon

chilli powder-1 1/2 tablespoons

pepper powder-1/2 teaspoon

coriander powder-1 teaspoon

garam masala-1 teaspoon

vinegar-1 teaspoon

curry leaves-3 sprigs

Coconut oil

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Steps:

1. Clean mussels – The first step is to clean the mussels. Place your mussels in a bowl. Rinse and scrub them well.

    De-shell the mussel2. The next step is to de-shell them. It is difficult to open them with your bare hands. So place the mussel in a 2 to 3 inch of water in a saucepan with a steamer and bring to a boil.

3. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes, it will be easier to open the shell once they are steamed.

4. Heat the oil in a pan and add the finely sliced shallot and curry leaves.

4. Saute until it becomes golden brown colour.

5. Then add the crushed garlic and ginger paste. Saute it well!

6. Time for the spices- Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Add additional oil as required to fry the                masalas.

7. Now add the cleaned mussels, enough salt, vinegar and cover and cook without any water. You can add vinegar if you choose to.

8. To get the perfect taste, cook it until the water dries and relish it!

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