Friday, June 7, 2013

Curry Leaves And Chili Lala (Clams)

Let me recall when was the last time I cooked Lala/Clams? Oh my, Chilli Honey Clams/Lala sounds like ages ago. Actually, approximately more than 2 years, I guess because fresh lala or seafood by itself (Spicy Crab Parathal & Curry Leaves Grilled Salmon) only shows up at the hypermarket every now and then. I am not saying its akin a rare community, but the moment you have a glimpse at the whole pile of lala, you somehow can sense that freshness is a question mark. So, why bother buying, as it is I have had a couple of disasters even after washing and rinsing lala over and over and over again. You get what I mean? Hopefully.

Also, arguably any lala dish, again said, even seafood (Tom Yum Seafood Soup) for the matter must be finished up after cooking, don't bother warming up because lala will become rubbery (Pepper Tamarind/Asam Prawn). Okay? Okay, so last week I managed to grab 1/2 kg of fresh lala and cooked this Chinese style (Kam Heong Prawn) Curry Leaves Chilli Lala. Sounds awesome, isn't it? I know. Indeed, awesomely punchy kicking with spiciness and curry leaves scent (Mutton Kurma, Curry Chicken Noodle, Egg Vindaloo, Egg Rasam & Curry Leaves Fried Mee Hoon). What else is there to say except that get the family members ready, steady and go with a plate of rice and bring on this dish from the kitchen for tucking in immediately. Hallelujah!

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 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 :)

  23. It looks great dear. Such a yummy dish. Toooo good. Yum Yum :)


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