Friday, June 7, 2013

Curry Leaves And Chili Lala (Clams)

Lala is seldom cooked. So far only one lala dish in this space. The Chilli Honey Clams/Lala coming to the same intro. Lala must be fresh. Otherwise don't waste your money and time. Also, cook lala when the whole family is around for the dish won't taste that nice when kept aside and warming up means the clams will become rubbery. This Chinese style lala dish is cooked with curry leaves for the aroma, a combination of sauces for the thick gravy coating and chillies of course for the spiciness.

500g lala - soak, rinse under running water, brush the shells, soak and rinse a couple of times 
4-5 sprigs curry leaves
5 garlic - chopped
1 inch ginger - chopped
4 shallots - chopped
2 to 3 red chilies - chopped
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp dark sauce
1 tbsp light sauce
4 tbsp oil
Salt (only if needed)   

When oil is heated, sauté garlic, ginger, shallots and chilies.
Add clams, curry leaves and all the other ingredients.
Stir to combine all in. . 
Pour water (about 1/2 a cup or more if you like to have more gravy) and cover with a lid.
When you hear the popping sounds of the clams, open the lid.
Another quick stir and dish out.    
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  1. Never heard of lala but looks delicious.

  2. Aha, Clams curry looks yum and very colorful. Love the curry leaves sticking to it. I have no idea that it takes a lot to clean and gather clams and have never tasted this either!
    But even after all the tedious work goes into cleaning this, it looks completely worth the effort!

  3. good will dish smell and taste as its more with curry leaves...

  4. Have never tried this before, but looks fab and delicious lovely color.

  5. oh man! I love lala!!! But I have never eaten this type of lala dish before only tried the chinese style thus far.

  6. One of my fave lala preparations. Can I self invite myself over to your home for some good hoe cooked meal?

  7. Wow clam dish looks inviting and it is not to be had in a rush ,very true!

  8. this dish is new to me..but it looks great..

  9. Stopped eating seafood after marriage but this is so tempting

  10. The thick sauce on the clam,looks flavorful, I have never cook clam,but thank for the tip :)

  11. Never heard of lala.. Looks inviting and delicious..

  12. Cool, now I know what lala is! :) I love the ingredients on your site, many things are very new to me :)

  13. what an attractive dish, and one that's brand new to me!

  14. Wonder how the flavor would have been of the curry leaves. Looks very yummy though.

  15. I usually cook my lala with chilli & bean paste. Adding curry leaves sound like a good idea.

  16. Lala is new to me! I've never had clams...must be delicious!

  17. this dish reminds me of a night stall in jln Kapar,Klang
    which sells lala and kerang.

  18. The spices in this and the colour is delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. To be honest Nava, I have never tasted clams, though one of my friend insisted me several times but I don't know why I hesitate to try seafood. I might try if she cooks with some curry flavor.

  20. looks hot and delicious. I can already smell those assortment of oriental sauces use.

  21. I've never tasted clams before..but this looks real tempting with the curry leaves..

  22. Never tasted them but they look great, my hubby would know the taste better :)


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