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Mussels with mustard seeds and shallots Recipe

Updated on June 29, 2015

Mussels with mustard seeds and shallots:

Mussels can be found all over the world . They can be sea water or fresh water mussels. Despite mussels are found in abundance all over the world yet not many people eat them. They are not only delicious to eat but also healthy. Before cooking mussels we must keep few things in mind.

1. They should be cleaned and rinsed many a times before cooking.

2. They should be thoroughly scrubbed with a brush to remove their dirt, barnacles and their hair like bread on them.

3. If they are sea water mussels then you should rinse them several times but do not keep them in fresh water for long or fresh water would kill them.

4. We should usually rinse them under running tap water

Mussels With Shallot Seeds

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Serves: 4

1. Mussels: 2 kg / 4 and a half pounds of live mussels, scrubbed and debeadred.

2. Vegetable oil / ground nut oil : 3 Tsp

3. Black mustard seeds : ½ Tsp

4. Shallots: 8 chopped.

5. Garlic cloves : 2 crushed

6. Vinegar : 2 Tsp

7. Red chilies: 4

8. Creamed coconut: 85 grams / 3 oz dissolved in 300 ml / 10 fl oz of hot water.

9. Curry leaves: preferably fresh 10 and if fresh are not available then use 1Tsp of dried curry leaves.

10. Ground Turmeric: ½ Tsp

11. Red chili powder : ½ Tsp

12. Salt to taste.


1. Check all mussels carefully and if there is any with broken shell discard it.

2. Then check all mussels again and if any don’t close on tapping with knife, discard that too.

3. Take a frying pan and heat oil in it on medium flame.

4. Now add mustard seeds in the oil and stir them till they start to pop up. It should roughly take one minute.

5. Now to this add shallots and garlic and while stirring continuously cook for another 3 minutes.

6. Mixture would give a brownish look now.

7. Now add dissolved creamed coconut in water to this mixture.

8. Add vinegar, chili powder, whole chilies in this.

9. Stir the mixture.

10. Now add turmeric powder, curry leaves and pinch of salt to mixture and stir well.

11. Bring this to boil stirring occasionally.

12. Now reduce heat to low.

13. Now add the mussels and cover the pan.

14. Leave it on low heat; shake the pan time and again so mussels may mingle in the spice mixture perfectly.

15. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or till mussels open.

16. Discard those mussels which remain close.

17. Now transfer the dish in to a deep bowl.

18. Take a sip from the broth to check for salt.

19. Add salt if needed.

20. Now spoon over the mussels and serve.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks moonlake

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Looks very good. Love mussels. Voted up.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Marrissa for reading my hub and commenting on it.

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      Marissa Buhalog 4 years ago

      I know how to cook this recipe coz i like mussel,a popular and cheap foodstuffed eaten around the country.

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      Indian Chef 6 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks ibarrajeff for the nice tips.

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      ibarrajeff 6 years ago

      Mussels and other sea creations must clean enough to avoid detoxification and harmful diseases among them, cause bodies of water carries of rampant toxic among factories ..human waste as well as garbage . . . Food well prepare and clean and it cook it well



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      Indian Chef 6 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Radhakrishnan for visiting my page.

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      radhakrishnan 6 years ago

      good one, must be delicious

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      Indian Chef 6 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks ana and jenubouka for comments.

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Working in a restaurant it is difficult to sell mussels for some reason. But with this new innovative way cooking mussels I am sure this is a hit! Awesome and way up on the yummy factor.

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      Ana 6 years ago

      Nice recipe!!! Sounds tasty... Good job, thank you!