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Kube kadi | Koyyol ghassi | Clams curry Manglorean style

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Clams Curry
Kube means clam in Konkani, a language spoken in Mangalore, Udupi and Goa. A lot of dishes are made in Mangalore using clams. We add half of the shells with the meat for most of the recipes. Kube Kadi can be had with rice, idli or bread.

Since I was born and bought up in Udupi, I have seen my parents buying clams from the fisher women who would come home to sell it in baskets. We would also buy it from Santhekatte market(well known to be a Sunday market in Udupi) which is around 5kms from Udupi city.

There would be two types of clams popularly known in Konkani as  Jadd Kube(smaller) and thisre kube/Bannada Koyyol (slightly wider), which also vary in the outer texture.  In the 90's, the smaller version that is jadd kube were sold for around Rs. 20 for 1 "sher"(measured in 1 litre tins) and the latter, Thisre Kube were like Rs. 25 for 100 clams (they would actually count 100 clams and put it in the bag). I have used thisre kube for this recipe.

Preparation time : 30 mins

Cooking time : 30 mins

Serves : 4


  • Kube | Clams - 100
  • Dry chillies - 8-10
  • Coconut, grated - 1/2
  • Turmeric - 1 tsp
  • Onion(medium), sliced -1
  • Peppercorns - 6-8
  • Coriander - 1 tbsp
  • Jeera/ Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Tamarind paste - 2 tbsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves, crushed - 4
  • Red rice - 1 tbsp


  1. Clean and wash clams well.
  2. Grind together dry chillies, coconut, turmeric, onion, peppercorns, coriander, jeera and tamarind to a fine paste.
  3. Take a small pan and dry roast red rice till it slightly puffs up. Once it cools down, powder it and keep aside.
  4. Heat oil in a wok and add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  5. Now add the ground red rice powder and fry it a little.
  6. Add ground masala and stir well for 5 mins.
  7. Now add 2 cups of water and add salt.
  8. Mix well and let it boil.
  9. Add the clams and mix well.
  10. Cover and cook till done.
  11. Serve hot with rice, idli, chapatis or bread.
Clams Curry
  • While cleaning kubhe/clams you could also remove all the meat from shells and cook.

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