South Indian Style Crab Curry / Gravy / Masala !!


After my last visit to India, I was so badly longing for the crab curry. Most of the time I won’t get fresh crabs, yesterday I found nice & fresh blue crab in Asian market near by our place . So I thought to make my home style Crab curry, this recipe I learned from my chithi (my mom’s younger sister). My aunt really cooks very well, especially the sea foods. She is the one, who taught me to clean crab, fish & prawns. I always enjoyed watching her technique and delicate handling in cooking the seafoods.

Today’s recipes really easy & tasty dish from Southern Part of India.

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Ingredients:

Blue crab – 2 lb / 4 nos. (cleaned)

Shallots – 10 nos. (grounded)

Tomato – 1 no. (grounded)

Ginger, garlic & green chili paste – 1 1/2 tbsp

Red chili powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Freshly grounded pepper – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Grind into Paste;

Fresh Coconut chopped – 1/2 cup

Fennel seeds / sombu – 1 1/2 tsp

Black Pepper – 1 tsp

Tempering;

Oil – 1 1/2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Jeera / cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Shallots / small onion – 1/2 cup chopped

Garlic – 3 – 5 nos (sliced)

Method:

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  • First ground the onion, tomato individually & keep aside.
  • Keep the kadai on low flame, add oil & temper mustard & cumin seeds.
  • Now add very finely sliced garlic, shallots & saute it for 2 minutes.
  • Add the grounded shallots & saute it for 2 more minutes.
  • After that add the ginger garlic chili paste & cook until raw flavor goes off.
  • Now add the spices like turmeric, red chili, coriander powder & cook it by adding little water to the mixture (helps to not get burn the spices).
  • Once the spices get cooked, now add the tomato puree & saute it for a minute.
  • Add 1 cup of water & cook the mixture for 15 minutes with lid onย (mean time, clean the crab).
  • Now add the cleaned crabs, cover it with lid & cook it for 10 minutes.
  • Now finely add the grounded coconut mixture to the curry, mix it well & cook it for 5 – 6 minutes.
  • Garnish with fried curry leaves & freshly grounded black pepper.
  • Serve it hot with cooked rice & enjoy !!!

Hints;

  • After cleaning the crabs, don’t let them stay long time on the counter top, it may looses it’s flavor & taste. So always clean the crab right before adding in to the curry.
  • Adding lots of pepper to the crab curry helps to clear throat infection, good digestion & helps to maintain the body temperature.

How to Clean the Crab?

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  • Remove the shell from back of the crab.
  • Clean & remove all intestinal parts.
  • Cut it into half for cooking.
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