Xinaneao( Mussels) Rava Fry

27 Mar

Our household loves the Goan Spicy Fried Mussels Recipe. I think in my humble opinion it does give the Louisiana Po’ Boy Sandwich a run for its money with all the great spices the mussels get marinated before they get shallow fried with a crunchy crust made of semolina/cream of wheat (rava).

xinaneao-goan-fried-mussels-recipe-recheado-masala-appertizers-louisiana-shrimp-po-boy-sandwichI must confess that cleaning mussels is not my cup of tea. The awesome strong smell of the sea kills me ;-). What is amazing though is that once marinated in this vinegar based marinade all that smell disappear and make for a very enjoyable appetizer, salad topper or a great Mussels Po’ Boy sandwich.

xinaneao-goan-fried-mussels-recipe-recheado-masala-appertizersThis Xinaneao( Mussels) Rava Fry is found along the beach shacks in Goa and is a popular appetizer at restaurants with some chilled alcohol.

Serving Size: 6-8


50 medium cleaned mussels

4 tbsp of recheado masala paste

2 cups of fine cream of wheat (rava)

Salt to taste


If your mussels are not cleaned from the shell then just steam them enough to open them up about 2-3 minutes.

Take of heat. Clean the mussels out of their shell and pull out the little black string.

Drain out all the liquid.

Apply the recheado masala paste, salt to taste and keep marinated for 30 minutes.

Coat the mussels with cream of wheat and shallow fry 3-4 minutes on each side till the cream of wheat is light golden brown and crunchy.

Drain on paper-towel.

xinaneao-goan-fried-mussels-recipe-recheado-masala-appertizers-spicy-saladsServe hot as an appetizer, sandwich or part of a meal. If you love squids/calamari then I have a very similar recipe for them here.


47 Responses to “Xinaneao( Mussels) Rava Fry”

  1. Stan March 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Hi Nandini!

    well It’s Nandini magic again. Mussels fried with semolina look awesome. I remember My mum used to prepare this dish. All I can say is, this recipe brings back happy memories. This looks amazing. We will give it a go,

    Bye for now


    • Nandini March 28, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Thank You Mr Stan and I am happy it brought back happy memories :-). Have a great weekend.

  2. Mr. Militant Negro March 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini March 28, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      Thank You so much Jueseppi. You are always so kind 🙂

      • Mr. Militant Negro March 28, 2015 at 10:11 am #

        It is my pleasure. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Namaste Ms. Nandini.

  3. Cryptologica March 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    I love cream of wheat but I’ve never fried/cooked with it, definitely have to try this! 😀

    • Nandini March 28, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      That’s awesome, it has a similar nutty flavor as corn meal and the same crunch when fried.

  4. spiceinthecity March 28, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    I cant imagine a more delicious way to eat mussels! Going to try this soon. Thank you!

    • Nandini March 28, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      That is so true :-). Let me know how it works for you.

  5. Renee's Bistro March 28, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I hear you on the cleaning of the mussels!!!!! But this sure sounds tasty!!!!

    • Nandini March 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      That is so good to know Renne, I did not want to be the odd one to say it :-).

  6. fromthefamilytable March 28, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    I love mussels, but this brings them to a new level. Yum.

    • Nandini March 29, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      Yes it does Darryl with all the spices. Thank You 🙂

  7. jmsabbagh March 28, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Hello Nandini ,l would like to visit your restaurant ,and taste these delicious food .,is it possible to email me your wife is eager to see your restaurant.Jalal

    • Nandini March 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      I am so flattered Jalal, that you and your wife are willing to stop by. Unfortunately I do not have a restaurant but just a online spice store where I sell the spices I use in my recipes. I am so sorry to disappoint.

      • jmsabbagh March 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

        Thank you for the reply ,your recipes are special.,my wife did try couple of the recipes.We thought it would be nice to visit.We wish you success with your business.We have been to an Indian restaurant in Diamond Bar,10 miles from we live. They have a delicious cuisine .Also we have been to St Barbara few time and have visited another Indian Restaurant there.Best of luck.Jalal

        • Nandini March 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

          I am so excited to know that your wife tried out a few of my recipes. Do convey my appreciation to her. And Thank You Jalal for your wishes.

  8. therfpscribe March 28, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    OMG I’ve never salivated this badly looking at photos of food. It looks soooooo good I can almost smell it through the screen… *weeps*

    • Nandini March 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Thank You…. It makes me feel accomplished 🙂

  9. Dianne Luna March 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Looks and sounds delicious!

  10. deutschtrailer March 28, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much and happy weekend Nandini….💗💗💗

    • Nandini March 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Happy weekend to you too 🙂

  11. hurrybeforeitwilts March 29, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    Oh my gosh those look good. I have never thought to use Cream of Wheat as a coating. So interesting!

    On another note, I am going to start a food blog tour on my blog and I’m starting with yours because every time I have time to go visit it I see a recipe that is totally new to me and I love that! It makes my mouth water every time. Out of ALL your amazing recipes, which is your favorite and the one I should make for my first post? If it needs a side to go with it, like the appam, that’s okay too. Can’t wait to cook it up and take photos of it:-)

    • Nandini March 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      Wow! that is so exciting Cecile. I am truly honored. I too can’t wait to see great pictures on your site given that you are such a great photographer.It’s so hard for me to choose but any curry based recipe will go well with appam. A truly Goan recipe would be the Fish Curry.

  12. For The Love of Ghee March 29, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    Nandani, you’ve done it again! 🙂 having me salivate after seeing your food photos. The mussels sure look good! yum!

    • Nandini March 30, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      Thank You so much Shamim, That is very kind of you to say 🙂

  13. joycevandenbergporter March 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    I have never seen mussels prepared this way. It looks kind of fun!

    • Nandini April 1, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

      A different spin on the mussels if you like spicy food Joyce:-)

  14. Linda Creation March 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Woooooow aws combo Nandu ♡

  15. drano60 April 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    hello,nandina,can i get the goan products,like you used with oysters ect??are they in nh or how would i order some to try ty!!!duane drano60///duanesdinerwordpress or

  16. drano60 April 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    i want it with oysters not mussels lol ty,hope all is well

    • Nandini April 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

      Do you want to bake them or fry. If you want to bake them,
      saute fine chopped onions till translucent
      Add the spice paste and little bit of ketchup, season with salt the spice mix.
      Take if off the heat and let cool.
      Apply it to the oysters and add breadcrumb with some fresh chopped cilantro and bake.
      If you are going to fry you can use the same mussels recipe.
      Hope this helps and Duane let me know how it goes.

  17. One Stove April 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by. Your mussels look so mouth-watering! Going to try this soon.

    • Nandini April 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

      Thank You so much. I appreciate your kind words 🙂

  18. Baja Moto Quest! April 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Now I’m trying this as soon as I get back down to Baja in a couple of weeks…. This is blog I will follow!

    • Nandini April 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      Thank You and I appreciate it very much. Enjoy your trip to Baja.

  19. Loretta April 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Oh gosh this is wonderful too. I’ve never tried cleaning mussels, but I sure love the taste :). I think I’ve eaten it with the cream of wheat flour, love the looks of your sandwich 🙂

    • Nandini April 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

      Thank You Loretta. You are always so sweet with your comments 🙂

  20. Kim Z. April 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    wow I didn’t know you can substitute panko with cream of wheat for pan frying things! Thanks for your creative recipe!

    • Nandini April 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank You Kim. Yes we use only cream of wheat or rice flour.

  21. Sole Brun April 26, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    Love seafood very much and I never thought that one can prepare mussels like that. I’m gonna try one of this days. Thank you! 😉 👏👏👏👏

    • Nandini April 29, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

      That will be awesome 🙂

  22. wwwpalfitness September 11, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness and commented:
    Tons of food ideas you would possibly not have ever thought of

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