Kallumakkaya (Mussels) Upperi/Podithooval

As I mentioned in my kallummakkaya fry recipe, here goes one more.
This is a healthy one with no compromise on taste 😉


  • Kallummakkaya(Mussels) : 2 cup
  • Onion : 2 medium
  • Shallot (small onion) : 8 Nos.
  • Curry leaves: 10-15 Nos.
  • Green Chilli: 4 Nos.
  • Ginger (sliced) : 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder : 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 teaspoon
  • Water : 1 cup.
  • Salt : 1/2 teaspoon (to taste)
  • Coconut oil : 3 tablespoons
  • Grated coconut: 1/2 cup

Step 1:
Cut onion and shallot to small pieces. Cut green chillies length-wise to two pieces. Keep it aside.

Step 2:
In a big pan add mussels, onions, shallots, green chillies, curry leaves, ginger, salt, water, turmeric and red chilli powder and mix well. That means all ingredients except coconut oil & grated coconut.


Step 3: Keep the pan on a low flame and close the lid. Stir this mix every 5 minutes. Check mussels after 10-15 minutes. If it is not cooked well, add little more water and cook again. Once it is cooked and water is less add grated coconut and mix well. Keep again for 5 minutes by closing the lid.

Open and spread oil. Keep it again for couple of minutes.


Your Podithooval is ready.

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