23 February 2011

Arikkadukka/Stuffed Mussels

Arikkadukka/ Stuffed Mussels is a speciality of Kannur and Thalassery. I could go on and on eating this tasty snack. I know its not a good idea but it says it all. This is one of the best way to eat mussels.

Clean them, steam them, cook them and EAT them!! A good appetizer..Try it out..I am sure you will thank me :)


Recipe source: My mom



Parboiled Rice           
500 gm

Grated Fresh Coconut
1 Medium

Aniseed (saunf)
1 tsp

to taste

to fry

For Marinade

Red Chilli powder
2 tbsp

1 pinch

to taste


  • Soak rice overnight.
  • Scrub and wash the mussels clean.
  • Cut open each one half way down, remove the hairy substance and dirt.
  • Wash again removing any dirt inside.
  • Keep it upside down to drain.
  • Grind rice, aniseed, coconut and salt.
  • Stuff the mussels with the rice mixture and close. Tie it with a string.
  • Steam it for 10- 15  minutes. Remove from fire and cool.
  • Remove stuffing along with the mussel.
  • Mix the chilly, turmeric and salt in little water to make it a paste.
  • Dip each mussel in marinade and shallow fry till crisp.
  • Transfer it into a plate with kitchen paper. Serve hot.

Make sure you don't open the shell fully. Just slide a knife slowly and open halfway.
Add salt with care as mussels are salty.
While steaming you can stack the stuffed mussel shells on top of each other. Steam it in an idli maker.


  1. Rinkuuuuu...my mouth is watering now!! Slurp slurp!! Yummy...I love mussels in any form..will try this when I can find some in the market!

  2. Hai Rinku ............... in mussels there is a thread inside it right .............after cooking the mussels will we be able to remove it .............or is it okay to keep it like that .............

  3. Thanks Suby for writing in. You have to remove the thread while cleaning. When you slit it open on one side you will be able to pull it out along with a worm like thing. Clean that and wash again.

    Thanks for bringing it to my notice. I have added that point.:)

  4. thank you so much for ur comments ..............


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