Smita Chandra’s Malabar Mussels
Dishes from the south Indian state of Kerala, along the Malabar Coast, are heavily influenced by the area’s abundant supply of seafood. In this Anglo-Indian recipe from cookbook author and cooking instructor Smita Chandra, mussels gathered from local waters are cooked with tomatoes in a richly spiced coconut broth. This recipe first appeared as part of the digital edition of our August/September 2014 special India issue.
- 3 tbsp. canola oil
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 small green Thai chiles or 1 serrano, thinly sliced
- 1 (2″) piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tsp. Malabar masala
- 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 (14-oz.) can coconut milk
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 2 1⁄2 lb. mussels, debearded and scrubbed
- 1⁄4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
- Cooked white rice, for serving (optional)
- 1⁄2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook garlic, chiles, ginger, and onion until golden, 4–6 minutes. Add masala and tomatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes begin to break down, 5–7 minutes. Add coconut milk, salt, and 1⁄4 cup water; boil. Add mussels; cook covered, and occasionally shaking pan, until all mussels are opened, about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro; serve with rice, if you like.