Kakka Irachi Ularthiyathu / Mussels Stir Fry

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This is my first trial with mussels/kakka irachi. To be frank, I was totally fed up with the process of cleaning mussels. Hard work paid off well. It came out well and was damn tasty. Give it a try if you are patient enough.
Preparation time: 30 minutes | Difficulty Level: Easy | Serves: 4-5


    • Kakka Irachi/Clam – 250gms
    • Shallots (chopped) – 1 cup (25-30 pods)
    • Ginger (chopped) – 1 tablespoon
    • Garlic (chopped) – 12 pods
    • Green chillies (chopped) – 4
    • curry leaves – 2 stem
    • Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 tablespoon
    • Pepper powder – ½ tablespoon
    • Turmeric powder – A pinch
    • Vinegar – ½ teaspoon + ½ tablespoon for cleaning mussels
    • Salt – As needed
    • Oil – As needed

How To

  • Clean and rinse mussels/clams well. You can add salt and ½ tablespoon vinegar while washing the clams.
  • Heat some oil in a pan.
  • Add chopped garlic, and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the chopped shallots, green chillies and curry leaves. Add salt and sauté well.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, and pepper powder. Stir well and fry it for 1-2 minutes.
  • Now drain water off the clams and add it to the pan. Mix well and let it cook on medium flame. Add ½ to ¾ cup water for the clams to cook well.
  • When it is cooked properly, add vinegar and mix well.
  • Stir fry until they turn brown and crispy, adding more oil if required.
  • Serve hot with rice.

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