Goan mussels rava fry | Xinaneao rava (semolina) fry

Goan mussels rava fry is a popular delicacy found in most beach shacks and restaurants all over Goa, India! Mussels are called xinaneao in Konkani. This is a super simple appetizer that requires minimal ingredients and yet delivers irresistibly delicious end results. 

The mussels get marinated in the spicy and tangy Goan recheado masala paste which is then coated with an egg and semolina. It is shallow fried until it is crunchy and beautiful golden brown color. You may even deep fry if you wish to.


This is a perfect accompaniment to go along with your chilled alcoholic beverage or just about anything if you are a teetotaler. Sun, sand, water, these spicy, crunchy fried mussels and a chilled bottle of your favorite beverage! This is my idea of a perfect fun beach time in Goa.

The only time-consuming part of this recipe would be cleaning the mussels.If you already have cleaned and cooked mussels like the ones available here in the frozen section, then this recipe is a cinch to pull off.

Here are a few more Goan recipes with mussels that you may enjoy-

You may also like these quick and delicious recipes made using recheado masala-

Goan recheado masala stuffed squids (calamari)

Recheado chicken drumsticks

Goan style calamari

Step by step instructions

1.If you have to clean the mussels- Wash and clean the mussels well. Discard any that have cracked shells. Heat a pot of water, transfer the mussels to the pot and boil until all the mussels open up. Keep transferring the mussels, as they open, to a bowl. Discard any that haven’t opened. Discard the water. Open the shell, and remove the black string also known as the beard. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and transfer it to a bowl. It is ready to be used.


2.Add the recheado masala and a tiny pinch of salt, and mix well to coat the mussels with the masala. Marinate it for about half an hour.

3.Just before frying, add a beaten egg, mix well.

4.Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Coat the marinated mussels with rava, and shallow fry on medium heat, about 2-3 minutes per side. Serve hot with a salad of your choice.

Serving suggestion
Add little mayonnaise, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar to about a cup of shredded cabbage and carrots. Mix well. Spoon some of the salad mixture onto one half of a clean mussel shell, place the fried mussel over the salad. Serve immediately.

Measuring cup used,  1 cup = 250 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml

Goan mussels rava fry | Xinaneao rava (semolina) fry

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 41 minutes

Serving Size: 2 to 3 people

Goan mussels rava fry | Xinaneao rava (semolina) fry

Ingredients

  • About 15 cleaned mussels (I've used New Zealand’s green shell mussels)
  • 2 tbsp recheado masala
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Rava/semolina, as required for coating

Instructions

  1. If you have to clean the mussels- Wash and clean the mussels well. Discard any that have cracked shells. Heat a pot of water, transfer the mussels to the pot and boil until all the mussels open up. Keep transferring the mussels, as they open, to a bowl. Discard any that haven't opened. Discard the water. Open the shell, and remove the black string also known as the beard. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and transfer it to a bowl. It is ready to be used.
  2. Add the recheado masala and a tiny pinch of salt, and mix well to coat the mussels with the masala. Marinate it for about half an hour.
  3. Just before frying, add a beaten egg, mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Coat the marinated mussels with rava, and shallow fry on medium heat, about 2-3 minutes per side. Serve hot with a salad of your choice.

Notes

Serving suggestion- Add little mayonnaise, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar to about a cup of shredded cabbage and carrots. Mix well. Spoon some of the salad mixture onto one half of a clean mussel shell, place the fried mussel over the salad. Serve immediately.

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2 comments

  1. Greedyeats -Neha says:

    Lovely!! This post of yours is making me nostalgic. This was one of my most loved snack of goa. I need to try these out soon! 😉

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