Kallumekka is a household favourite. It is my hubbie's one of top-liked-foods. The mussels I get in UK donot taste anyway close to the kerala-born ones, but I do try to make them as yummy as possible. Today I intend to give a step-by-step visual guide to preparing them.
Here u go!
How to prepare mussels
I frequently buy frozen mussels as they store better. Again, I don't then have to click open the hard shell.
What u need
Hot water from kettle
A bit about its anatomy!
Step 1Slip ur frozen mussels in to a pot with hot boiled water from a kettle. Leave them for 5-10 minutes.
Step 2Pick up mussels one by one and start cleaning them.
Step 3Aim of this step is to remove the byssal threads. On one side of the mussel it opens up like a book. Look there to find a mustache- like part which is its byssal thread. Pull it with medium strength till it comes out.
Step 4Aim of this step is to remove the intestines. At the joint of the 'book' on one end of the mussel are the intestines. They look a grey-black colour under the thin body of mussel. Use a pair of scissors or if u r brave enough use ur nails to flick it out.
Step 5Give them a wash and ur mussels are ready to go in the pan.
Watch this space for yummy mussel fry!