Kakka Irachi Thoran/Kerala Style Clams Stir Fry


Kakka irachi are the small clams that are found in the back water of Kerala. This thoran is very tasty and spicy seafood item, goes well with rice.

Clams – 250 gm
                  Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
                                          Pepper powder    – 1/2 tsp                         
                             Salt as needed                              
Oil    – 
Madras onions/Shallots/Kunjulli, chopped – 1/2 cup
Green chillies, slit – 2 nos
Ginger, chopped – 1 tbsp  
Garlic, crushed  – 2 tbsp  
Chilli powder  – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 2 tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup
Curry leaves

Wash and clean clams in several changes of water. Place them in a strainer to remove any excess water. 
In a pan, cook clams with turmeric powder, pepper powder, salt and small amounts of water for 10 minutes in low flame. When the water is all dried out, switch off the stove. 
Heat oil in a pan. Saute onion, ginger and garlic. When the onion turns light brown in color, add chilli powder, pepper powder and garam masala. When the raw smell of the masala disappears, add cooked clam and mix well. Now add grated coconut and saute well in low flame. When the clam turns brown in colour, switch off the stove. 

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