24 large mussels in shells
4 red dried chillies or peppers
8 cloves garlic
1/2 inch piece ginger
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
1/4 cup of oil for cooking
1 onion, cut fine
Wash and clean the mussels thoroughly, being careful to remove the tiny bunch of hairs in each one. Apply salt to the mussels and keep aside.
Keep 24 half shells. Wash these thoroughly, and dry them and keep aside to be used later.
Grind all the spices in the vinegar, adding the sugar and salt to taste. Marinate the mussels in the ground spices for 2 hours.
Heat oil on a moderate flame in a frying pan. Saute the onion and add the mussels. Stir fry for 10 minutes till well cooked and soft.
Now, in each half shell, place a mussel, and decorate with a sprig of parsley or coriander.