This is a super simple dish to make, perfect for a fall evening when the weather is getting cold and you feel like something warm and spicy to comfort and soothe you. Grab a nice loaf of crusty bread to mop up this curry.–Monica Bhide
LC Mmmm Mussels Note
This utterly simple, Indian-inspired recipe bathes mussels in a savory saffron broth spiked with ginger, garlic, peppers, and curry. No complaints here. It may just be our most preferred mussels treatment…um, right after moules frites.
Saffron Mussel Stew Recipe
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- 20 M
- 30 M
- Serves 4
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 3 or 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 20 fresh curry leaves
- 2 or 3 small green Serrano chiles, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander powder
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 pound mussels on the half-shell, such as New Zealand Greenshell Mussels
- Table salt
- A few strands of saffron
- 1. In a deep saucepan, heat the oil over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, and green chiles. Saute for 4 to 6 minutes, until the onion begins to change color.
- 2. Add the turmeric and coriander. Mix well and saute for another 30 seconds.
- 3. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the cream. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- 4. Transfer to a blender and blend to a smooth consistency. If you like an even smoother texture, pass the mixture through a sieve. I prefer not to do so.
- 5. Return the sauce to the saucepan and bring to another gentle boil.
- 6. Add the mussels and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes, shaking the saucepan occasionally.
- 7. Add salt to taste and the saffron threads and mix well. Serve hot.
Note: If using whole fresh mussels, you will need 1 1/2 pounds. Soak in cold water for an hour. Discard any that open up. Remove beards and rinse well. Then pat dry and proceed with the recipe.
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Saffron Mussel Stew Recipe © 2009 Monica Bhide. Photo © 2009 Sang An. All rights reserved.