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“This recipe features the marvelous cuisine of Goa. Clams are steamed with sauted onion, spices and coconut milk. They are then tossed with grated coconut and a squirt of lime. They are generally accompanied by a pao, a soft warm roll for sopping up the juices. You could easily substitute mussels for the clams. Serves 4 as a first course or 2 as a main. This recipe is from the March 1999 issue of Gourmet Magazine.”

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  1. Scrub clams.
  2. Finely chop onion. In a 5 to 6 quart kettle, heat the vegetable oil until it is hot but not smoking. Cook the onion and the ginger root, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 5-6 minutes. Add spices and salt and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add coconut milk and bring to a gentle boil. Add clams and bring to a gentle boil once again, covered, stirring occasionally until clams are opened, 6 to 8 minutes. Discard any unopened clams.
  3. Serve clams in bowls with cooking liquid. Divide fresh lime juice among servings. Garnish with cilantro and grated coconut.

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