Saturday, March 24, 2007

Kallumakai Pickle - Mussel Pickle

Spicy and tangy Kallumakai pickle. Pickling mussels is done in North malabar region, with the abundance of mussels available in the area. This is not any traditional recipe from that area, but some ingredients i put together.


1 lb - Mussels / Kallumakai

2 tsp - Red chili powder

1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder

Sesame oil

Salt to taste

Ground to a paste

2 tsp - Mustard seeds

2 tsp - red chili powder

1/4 tsp - Fenugreek powder / Methi powder

1/4 cup - Vinegar


3 sprig - Curry leaves

2 inch - Ginger, minced

10 flakes - Garlic, chopped

5 - Green chili, slit and chopped ( Optional )


1 ) Clean mussels and then marinate it with red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt for 10 minutes.

2 ) Place marinated mussels in a pan, cover and cook it on a low heat. Mussel will cook in it's juice. Once cooked, add oil and fry it well. Transfer the mussels to a plate.

3 ) Add more oil to the pan. Then add curry leaves, green chili , ginger, garlic to the oil and fry till light brown. Add the fried mussels, stir and fry.

4 ) Grind mustard seeds, red chili powder, fenugreek with little vinegar. Add this ground paste to the pan, stir ad cook for 2 - 3 minutes. Add salt to taste. Add rest of the vinegar to the pickle. Add some oil to cut the sharp taste of vinegar. Take off the stove and cool.

Once cool transfer to a sterilized container. Can use after a day. Since vinegar is a good preservative you can store outside for some days. Then refrigerate it.

Some pointer to note when pickling

  • Always use well wiped and dried utensils to store pickle in. Moisture will spoil the pickle.
  • Deep frying meat pickle will make it stay longer to use.
  • Oil acts as a preservative, so use good amount of oil in making pickle.


Sig said...

pravs you are killing me... Kallumakai... yummmmy... never heard of pickling it... It looks soooooooo good...

RP said...

Wow! YOu make pickles out of everything. Love it. Never even heard of mussel pickle. Looks good.

Pravs said...

oh i am Sorry was never ever my intention to kill you like this :D ... which part of kerala are you from ?

Rp, do try one of my pickle recipes and let me know if you like it.I am not an expert at pickling...but i am trying out different pickles in the name of blogging :D. Just hoping whoever tries the recipe is happy with how it tastes to them.

Jyothsna said...

You luv pickels huh? The puran poli with tapioca was really different too :)

Pravs said...

You can say that Jyothsna.I liked the taste of, freshly made pickles and it was consumed so i had to try and make more.

Sig said...

Pravs, I'm from Kottayam... Kallummakkai is one of my all time favorites...

Asha said...

This is very innovative to make pickles out of Mussels!:))

Looks great.

Mishmash ! said...

Kallumakkai pickle! never even heard of it ,am sure my mother will like it as she loves kallumakkai :)

Pravs said...

My fav too sig. Mutton now kallumakai...pinney what else let's see.

Thanks Asha.

Mishmash, what does your mother make with kallumakai ? Let your mother know about this pickle.

Unnati said...

i have tried a kallumakai pickle made by one of my friend's in Calicut. is your recipe similar to the Calicut pickles? i do intend to try it out.

Shall let you know of the outcome?

Anonymous said...

i have been looking for a good kallumakai pickle for ages..this one u have is soooo good!!*****..
i'v made 2 batch allready..and eat half myself..hehe!! its a bit too early for thinking x'mas prez but it a good idea to give this in a bottle!!wow!! ..thank you very much..god bless u!!

Pravs said...

Anonymous : Thank you so much.I am so very delighted to read your feedback :)

Remo said...

Hi Pravs, tried your pickle recipe and it came out really well. Thanks a lot. My husband has become a fan of kallumakai pickle now :-)

Pravs said...

Remo : Thank you so much for this feedback :)