Karnatakan mussels

4
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1kg live mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 6 tbsp of dry white wine
  • 1 handful of coriander, chopped
  • lime juice, to serve

Masala

  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of black mustard seeds
  • 1 handful of curry leaves
  • 2 onions, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp of ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 200g of coconut, fresh or frozen, grated
  • 2 knobs of ginger, thumb-sized, grated
  • 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • sea salt, to taste

Method

1
Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan until hot, then add the mustard seeds. Cook for 30 seconds or so until they start to splutter, then add the curry leaves, reduce the heat to low and add the diced onions. Continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent but without any colour
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of black mustard seeds
  • 1 handful of curry leaves
  • 2 onions, finely diced
2
Add the turmeric, chilli powder, coconut, ginger and green chillies and season to taste with salt. Cook, stirring for a couple of minutes, until fragrant. Continue to simmer on a low heat while you prepare the mussels
  • 1 tbsp of ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 200g of coconut, fresh or frozen, grated
  • 2 knobs of ginger, thumb-sized, grated
  • 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • sea salt, to taste
3
Wash the mussels thoroughly and discard any that remain open when you tap them. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan and add the wine. Let it simmer for a few minutes before adding the mussels. Cover tightly with a lid and cook for about 4 minutes, until the mussels have opened up. Discard any that remain closed, then stir in the masala, making sure the mussels are fully coated in all the spices
  • 1kg live mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 6 tbsp of dry white wine
4
To serve, spoon the mussels into 4 bowls and garnish with the fresh coriander. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice
  • 1 handful of coriander, chopped
  • lime juice, to serve