I think almost all malayalees are familiar with kakka irachi.one of the very tasty seafood .You can find the raw kakka (Clams) at Costco (the wholesale shop).Usually we are preapring kakka irachi thoran .Here is the details of making kakka irachi(clams) thoran/Poriyal.We can find 5/8 pound bag of clams which contains 40-50 clams..
Cost of the item = 3.99/pound
Cooking time = 30 to 45 minutes
Clams :5 pound
Salt : to taste
Onions/Shallots : 1 big/20 nos
Green Chili: 3 nos
Ginger : 1 medium size
Coriander powder ; 3 tsp
Black pepper powder : 1 tsp
Chili powder : 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder :1 tsp
Oil : 2 tsp
Curry leaves : 4 leaves
Mustard Seed : 1tsp
Red Chili : 1 no
Step 1 : Boil the Clams with turmeric powder for 15-20 minute...
Step 2: Let it cool for sometime then remove the meat from the shell... and also remove the black portion(its on the left side-very small portion) from the meat.
Step 3: Heat oil on a pan ..once it gets heated add the mustard seed,once its started spluttering add the Red chili and curry leaves..then add the onion( Dice the onion into small pieces)
Step 4: Once the onions get brown color add the green chili and grated ginger.let it fry for 2 minute
Step 5:Add the boiled clam meat then saute it for sometime then add the turmeric,coriander, pepper and chili powder
Step 6: add the grated coconut into the mix and cover the pan .Let the mix to boil in a very low heat for about 10 minute..
The tasty clam Thoran (kakkairachi Thoran ) is ready to serve
Points to ponder:
- Donot overcook the clams..
- Do not boil,Once the clams shells split.
- Just wash before boiling...
- If you like to make the thoran more spicy add more green chilis,pepper powder makes the dish more tastier so don't forget to add that.