Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kakka Irachi Molagu Chaar - Spicy Clams Red Curry

A simple curry that doesn't need much of ingredients is this clam curry, that mom used to make for lunch. It used to be so yum that i didn't need any other curry to have with rice as a kid. Now when i got some fresh clams, i got back those memories and made the same clam curry, just as mom made it. The gravy is very thin and spicy with red chilly powder giving the curry a red spicy look.

Clams have to be cleaned well before cooking. Have a look here to learn how to choose good clams and clean them.


1 to 1.5 cup - Cleaned & shelled Clams
2 to 3 tsp - Kashmiri chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 to 3 sprigs - Curry leaves
Salt to taste


1 tsp - Mustard Seeds
1/2 cup - Shallots / small onion, chopped
Coconut oil


1 ) First to clean the freshly brought clams in the shell. Wash the shells very well, many a times. Then place the shells in a pot with enough water to cover the shells well. The stock obtained from this, is used to make gravy. So add enough water. Now bring to a boil, remove any scum that surfaces on top. Once the clams have opened the shell, stopped boiling and take off the stove and cool. Discard all those shells that have not opened.

2 ) Take the meat out of the shell and discard most of the shell, saving some to cook with the gravy. This will give more flavor. Now you can clean the clam meat in water to further clear out any dirt. Strain out clear stock obtained from boiling the clams in shell.

3 ) Pour the clear stock into a chatty, pot or a pan, add chilli powder, turmeric powder, some cleaned clam shells, salt to taste and bring to a boil. Add the clam meat and curry leaves. Simmer and cook till for 5 minutes. Pour little coconut oil on top and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes more. Now turn off the stove.

4 ) Season with mustard and shallots. Heat coconut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and pop it, then add shallots and fry till lightly browned. Pour this seasoning on top on the curry and cover the curry pan immediately to hold the aroma of the seasoning in the curry. Open after 5 minutes to serve hot with rice.

Serve hot with rice.


Asha said...

Such a simple few ingredients and Chaar looks so fabulous. Good classic recipe Pravs.
Although I have never tried Clams before (Yeah, grew up in a vegetarian household, hard for me to experiment with Seafood now! :D), I love to to try the chhar with shrimps.

Gulmohar said...

What a yummy and spicy curry..Seeing them cooked along with shells for the first time..As you said, it might enhance the flavor...It's been a long time since I had this and you are tempting me to make it soon :-) Thanks Pravs !

Happy cook said...

Love that gravy.
Here they are really famous, but then it is just with celery , onions etc....

Subi said...

The ingredient list is so simple. Yet, the curry looks so yummy. The only clam preparation in my house was kakka ularthiyathu. I am amazed at collection of recipes you have. Have to show this to my hubs. He will as usual rant about how lucky R is:-)

Pravs said...

Asha :aww..oh what a bummer, you can't try with clams. Even with less ingredients,its the clams that flavors the curry so well.

Gulmohar : go for it and i am sure you will love it.

Happy cook : with celery, onion.. is it like a salad or soup ? i love clam chowder, you do have that there ?

Subi : kakka ularthiyathu !! i need that recipe from you, now :)Rant about R ? even B is equally lucky :)

Anonymous said...

Wow it looks divine! Love the colour of the curry :) Delicious!

Cham said...

I can really count how many times I had clams. But love it, my broth makes a pepper fry! This one sounds delicious :)

Divya Vikram said...

Looks really spicy and pretty!

? said...

Simple classic recipe and liked the snapshot too!

3 hungry tummies said...

Wow this one is certainly for me! Thank you!

PranisKitchen said...

hi first time i am seeing such a recipe...

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh wow...thats a gorgeous bowl of treat.:) Very unique and spicy dish...never had clams before' your curry is so there a way to taste it??? Wanna try this recipe soon...