Thalassery mussels biryani


Mussels dishes are etched on the Malabar food palette; this delicious biriyani is cooked just the way the netizens of Malabar would enjoy with marinated mussels masala in flavorful kaima rice. 

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1 kg de-shelled mussels, cleaned

5 onion, cut thin length wise

1 sprig curry leaves

3 tomatoes, chopped

¼ tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp chilli powder

½ cup ginger-garlic-green chilli paste

¾ tsp garam masala

Salt, as required

½ cup chopped coriander leaves / cilantro

1 cup onion, fried in ¼ cup oil and 3 tbsp ghee

1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

For marinade

1 tsp chilli powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

Salt, as required

Oil, to shallow fry mussels

For rice

2 cups kaima rice, washed and drained

3 ½ cups boiled water

3 tbsp ghee and ¼ cup oil (the oil used for frying onion)

Salt, as required


Clean the mussels under running water

Make a marinade by combining the listed ingredients and mix with the mussels

Shallow fry the mussels in oil until golden in color

Don't over fry the mussels as that will make them crisp

Heat a rice wok, pour oil and ghee

Add onions and fry until it turns golden. Keep aside

In same wok, add drained rice and saute for 5 minutes in medium flame

Add boiled water salt and cook it in low flame for 15 minutes

To make the masala

Heat a pressure cooker and add turmeric powder, chilli powder and chopped onion. Saute till onions turn tender

Add the ginger-garlic-green chilli paste to the onions, saute for some times until raw smells goes.

Add tomatoes, cook till it gets mashed.

Add 1 cup boiled water, salt, curry leaves and pressure cook for 5 minutes, or until 3-4 whistles

To make the rice

In a large pan, add the same oil and ghee that was used for frying onion

Add the rice to it. Fry for a few seconds

Add salt and mix well

Add boiled water once the rice is fried well. Leave it under the lid until the rice is cooked well

Now, add the fried mussels and lemon juice to the masala

Add half the coriander leaves and half the fried onion and blend well

Keep in low flame, and layer the rice over the masala

Mix the remaining fried onion with the left over coriander leaves, and add the garam masala to it

Now, spread the onion-coriander leaves mix onto the rice as the top layer

Close the lid and cook in dum model for 10-15 minutes in low flame

Once done, serve along with salad and pickle

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