Recipe of Mussels Rawa Fried (Xinanio) – Authentic Goan Style!

Pointless to mention, both my hubby and I are crazy food lovers. We enjoy eating all kinds of food and there is not a single food item that we dislike.

Having said that, I must admit we have a soft corner for seafood. All kinds of seafood is preferred by both of us. Everything from prawns to fish, lobsters, crab, and squid as well, we love it all! Lately, I have added mussels to the list. Here is why…

Last weekend we were eating out at this popular food joint that specializes in Goan food. While going through the menu, apart from the regular fare, a particular dish appeared to be a bit different from others. We ordered it!

It was nothing but Mussels Rawa Fried, also known as Xinanio or shenaneo. As a die-hard foodie, apart from getting its taste and the best of it, I also ended up figuring out what exactly it was and how it is made. As a culinary expert, I quickly got down to its basics.

To try Mussels Rawa Fried at home, you would need..

  • A cup of mussels
  • 2 tablespoon Recheado masala
  • Rawa a.k.a semolina
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying

For Recheado masala

  • 50 Kashmiri chillies
  • 100 grams garlic
  • 15 grams cloves
  • 50 grams turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon tamarind
  • 5-inch piece of ginger
  • A pinch of sugar
  • A pinch of Methi

Grind the above ingredients with adequate amount of vinegar to obtain Recheado masala.

Procedure :-

  1. Add salt and Recheado masala in a bowl full of mussels.
  2. Mix it all evenly so that mussels is evenly coated with the masala.
  3. Coat each mussel with rawa throughout.
  4. Shallow fry on medium flame until they are golden brown.
  5. Take them off oil and serve with tomato ketchup or green chutney.
Mussels Rawa Fried (Xinanio)

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Believe me, I have prepared this at home and would recommend every seafood lover to try it! Crispy from the outside and tender from within, Mussels Rawa Fried is a treat for the taste buds!


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