Clams / Kakka Irachi Ada (Elambakka Ada)


1 cup cleaned clams / kakka irachi / elambakka
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 green chillies, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 cup grated coconut
1 tsp pepper powder
2 cup rice flour/ pathiri podi
2 cup water
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
banana leaves/ parchment paper


  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add crushed garlic, curry leaves and green chillies and saute well.
  2. Add finely chopped onion and salt and saute well till transparent.
  3. Add chopped tomato and saute well till soft.
  4. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder and mix well till raw smell disappears.
  5. Add kakka irachi / clams and mix well. Add 1/2 cup of water and mix well.
  6. When it boils well, cook it covered for 2 minutes. Then add grated coconut to this and mix well.
  7. Add pepper powder, mix well and cook covered for 3 minutes.
  8. Remove from flame when water completely dries up..Keep it aside..
  9. Boil 2 cups of water adding salt. Add rice flour/ pathiri podi and mix well with a wooden spatula.
  10. When it is warm enough to handle, knead it with your hands until the dough becomes soft.
  11. Divide the dough into small balls and flatten each ball in banana leaf/ parchment paper.
  12. Add prepared clams filling on one side and gently fold over the other side and seal the edges (like adas..)
  13. Repeat with the remaining dough and clams filling. Place them in a steamer and steam cook for 15-20 minutes..Serve hot…

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