Kallumakkaya Ularthu (kerala Style Mussels)
Kallumakkaya is a type of sea food with shell. It is found in sea as well as fresh water. The one's found in Kerala are mostly from the sea. Divers collect these mussels early morning and sell them with the shell. It is extracted after a tedious process of boiling and cleaning. I always get my share every time I go home and this time mom surprised me by not cleaning them herself which gave me the opportunity to boil and extract the meat from the shell.
It was very difficult but worth the trouble. We pickled some too so that we can savor them here in Bangalore. In the North Malabar side of Kerala these mussels are stuffed and served as tea time snack, I have not been lucky to try those but I can tell you this curry was awesome. Maybe it is the sea water flavor of the mussel or it being cooked in mere coocnut oil, the aroma of this curry still lingers in my mind.