Here Iam sharing a very traditional mussel recipe called Chippi appam in Southern Tamil Nadu or Kallumakka Nirachathu in Northern regions of kerala. It basically involves very few ingredients that are stuffed and steamed to a soft and mushy kind of sea food meal. The beauty is you can have this as a main dish or even as an evening snack. The part which i love the most is scooping out the stuffings with its outer shell while eating it. Hope you would also enjoy it..!!!


Mussels - 25 to 30
Rice flour - 1/2 kg
Chilli Powder - 2 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder -a pinch
Ginger Garlic Paste -2 Tablespoon
Fennel - 2- 3 teaspoon
Cinnamon - a small piece
Cardamom - around 4
Cloves - 2
Grated Coconut - 1
salt - To taste


  • Open, Wash and Clean the Mussels thoroughly and keep it aside.
  • Powder the following in a mixer - Fennel,Cinnamon,Cardamom and Cloves.
  • In a large bowl add chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, ground powder, salt, shredded coconut and mix it together.
  • Now put in rice flour and knead it into a soft dough.
  • Take out small balls of dough and stuff it inside the opened mussels.
  • Now Place them inside  a Steamer and allow it to cook for around 20 minutes or until they cook well inside.
  • Once they are cooked and ready, serve them on a plate as it is.
  • Later on you can even demould the shells and fry the stuffed mussels by applying a little of masala like chicken on oil for a different crispy taste.
  • It could be served as a main dish or for an evening bite with the family.