Tisreo Xec Xec – Clams in Curried Grated Coconut.

5 Dec

I really love this clam recipe that my mother makes. It’s not too spicy, lightly sweet and all the bold flavors of clams. You can also use this recipe of Tisreo ( Clams in Konkani) for making Crab Xec Xec. The clams that you get in Goa at the local fish market or the fisherwomen comes over with the early morning days catch are comparatively smaller than in the US. Life in Goa has the baker, fisherwomen and vegetable lady come at your door step,  how awesome is that.

clam-xec-xec-grated-coconut-recipe-tisreo-made-with-xacuti-masalaIt’s just been a week and a half and I have eaten more than half of my favorite foods in Goa. Thankfully the week has been a long week which makes me feel my trip is long. I managed to get a personal tour from the resident priest of Nossa Senhora de Piedade Chaple( A smaller sized church),  which is more then a century old. Where I have spent many hours as a child either as a participant or as a volunteer. A beautiful Chaple on the hill surrounded with lush greenery.


Nossa Senhora de Piedade

Serving Size : 4


2 -3 lbs of fresh clean clams

1 tbsp of xacuti masala

1.5 cup fresh grated coconut

1 medium onion diced fine

4-6 garlic cloves diced

1 medium tomato chopped

1/2 tsp of turmeric

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/4 tsp of ground pepper powder (helps in digesting the clams)

1 green chili (Jalapeño)

1/4- 1/2 tsp of sugar ( according to your taste)

salt to taste


Wash the clams and flash steam them to open. Take off heat and separate the empty side shell. Retain the clam juice.

To the diced tomato add a little salt so that the tomato releases the juice. Keep aside.

Grinder the grated coconut for 5-7 pulses in a mixer.

In a heated pot add oil, onions and garlic and saute till lightly brown and fragrant. Then add the cumin, turmeric,pepper powder, xacuti masala, chopped green chili and saute. Next add the tomatoes and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the ground coconut, clam juice, sugar and season with salt.

Onces done, finally add the clams and slowly saute the coconut mixture so to cover all the clams.

Cook covered  for 7-10 minutes.


My lunch plate in Goa. Rice, Fish Curry, Recheado Stuffed Mackeral, Goan Smoked Pork Sausage and Red leave vegetable.

Enjoy with rice, fish curry and a side vegetable or with rustic french bread.


37 Responses to “Tisreo Xec Xec – Clams in Curried Grated Coconut.”

  1. cindy knoke December 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm #


    • Nandini December 6, 2014 at 2:12 am #

      Thank You Cindy 🙂

  2. Loretta December 6, 2014 at 4:40 am #

    That’s dedication for you…..are you in Goa Nandini? From your post it sure sounds like it. I’m afraid I’ve been missing in action for a while, I haven’t posted nor had time to look at other posts as we’ve been traveling too. But it’s great that you are able to post from Goa. 🙂 Your lunch plate has me salivating. Wow! Now I’m going to envy you, as I love all the Goan sweets this time of year. Enjoy!

    • Nandini December 6, 2014 at 6:49 am #

      Thanks Much Loretta, Yes I made a quick trip to Goa as my dad has not been too well. The good part is that I have been enjoying my mum’s food along with the chourico and the fish. I missed seeing you around…have a great trip and catch up witth you soon.

  3. Jueseppi B. December 6, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegro™.

    • Nandini December 6, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks a lot Juessepi for the reblog. Appreciiate it much.

  4. betternotbroken December 6, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    That looks so delicious, I feel so sheltered, I never imagined or knew about curried clams. Someday . . .

    • Nandini December 6, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      I guess we are all sheltered some way or the other till we get exposed to the bigger world :-). I hope you do try this recipe out someday.

      • betternotbroken December 6, 2014 at 11:53 am #

        I would like to! Thank you for broadening my world.

  5. shawncallen December 6, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    The freshness of the food sounds fantastic. That’s something you don’t often see in the U.S. Looks like you’re having a wonderful trip!

    • Nandini December 6, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Tthat is true Shawn, hopefully it does’nt change for a long time. The only time I truly enjoy fresh seafood is when I visit home.

  6. cheergerm December 7, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    Oh yum and what a beautiful wee church.

  7. craftingdoll December 7, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    Looks delicious. I love seafood.

    • Nandini December 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

      That is awesome 🙂

  8. Linda Creation December 7, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    Woooooow speechless Nandu & just waiting for da summer holidays

    • Nandini December 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

      Thanks Much Linda 🙂

  9. bobobrussels December 7, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    This looks soon good…I’ll need to try it

    • Nandini December 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

      I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  10. Real Living NZ December 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    That lunch looks amazing! Salivating!
    And to have all that fresh produce come to your door!

    • Nandini December 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

      It’s like a dream for us who live in the west and I am hopping it does not get lost with the rapid modernization in Goa.

  11. xoxolovedee December 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Looks divine!!

  12. topa December 12, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Hi Nandini, I am glad you visited my blog, ’cause now I have the chance to explore Goa a bit more, ’cause honestly I only know the music genre so far. (A bit embarrassing, I know.) So I am looking forward to read more from you! Have a nice weekend! 🙂 Corina

    • Nandini December 12, 2014 at 6:24 am #

      Thanks Corina for your kind words. I am happy that you can explore something new through my blog. You too have a great weekend :-).

  13. Growing A "Wildflower" December 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I love to try all foods from around the world. So please excuse me while I lick my fingers.

    • Nandini December 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      You are excused 🙂

  14. Holistic Wayfarer January 14, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    Everything looks so yummy. Great pix. You might want to respell the following (to languages).

    She has an Engineering Degree and can speak 5 langauges.


    • Nandini January 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

      Thank you so much for noticing the error and for your kind comment 🙂

  15. amberunraveled February 5, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    WOW – so much time and work has gone into your blog! Amazing!!!

    • Nandini February 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

      Thank You Amber 🙂

  16. stan the man November 7, 2015 at 2:27 am #

    Hi Nandini!

    Sorry, I am a bit late with my input on this one. But better late than never. The TISREO XEC XEC recipe reminds Me of My grandmother. She prepared this recipe all the time. And girl they tasted out of this world. The sad part is I/We never wrote this recipe down. So it has been lost for ever. What a shame. Hopefully Your recipe tastes the same as My grans. That will save the day. Your product looks FANTABULOUS. We will give this recipe a go ASAP. I like shell fish to bits. Thanks for reminding Us about this recipe. It really takes Me down MEMORY LANE. And it really made My day. Hooray!



    • Nandini November 7, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      Thank You Mr Stan so much. I am happy it took you down memory lanes and reminded you of your GrandMa. Seafood and “A Goan” are 2 peas from the same pod. We just cant live without the other. Hoping that Mrs Stan and you are having a great weekend 🙂

  17. Stan the Man December 12, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Hi Nandini!

    Just a quick question. Is the church/chapel (NOSSA SENHORA DE PIEDADE) in Your picture the one on the MONTE in Margao? I maybe wrong.Please advice.



    • Nandini December 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      Yes, it is Mr Stan. I took it last year when I had visited Goa 🙂

  18. dishdessert July 19, 2016 at 4:13 am #

    This looks delicious,Thanks for sharing

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