Monday, October 29, 2012

Crab Masala

Crab Masala 4

Ingredients (Serves 5 - 6):
Crab                        --   1 kg
Onion                      --   1 large
Shallots                 --   6-8
Ginger                    --   a big piece / 2 inch piece
Garlic                     --   10 cloves    
Green chilly         --   3 - 4
Chilly powder     --   1 tsp +  ½ tsp
Chilly powder     --   1 tsp +  ½ tsp
Pepper powder  --   ½ tsp +  ½ tsp
Garam Masala   --   1 tsp
Turmeric powder --    ½ tsp
Curry leaves       --   a handful
Oil                            --   2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Salt                          --   to Taste
Mustard seeds    --   1 tsp
Red chillies           --   2
Clean and cut the crab.
Cook crab with turmeric powder, ½ tsp chilly powder,  ½ tsp coriander powder,  ½ tsp pepper powder and a little salt until done. As any shell fish, the water that comes out of crab will be salty, so take care while adding salt.
Chop the onions,shallots, ginger and garlic into small pieces. Alternately you can crush them in a chopper. Slit the green chillies.

Crab Masala 1    Crab Masala 2

Heat oil in a pan, I prefer coconut oil and add all the chopped ingredients into it. Add the curry leaves. Saute until the onions are light brown in colour. Add the remaining masalas and saute until the raw smell goes off.
Now add the crab along with the water if any is left. Mix well and simmer until the masala is well blend and the gravy is thick enough, if you had more water. If you don't have water left in the cooked crab, you can also add  half a cup of water so that the masala and the crab is well blend.
Heat oil in another pan. Splutter the mustard seeds and cut red chillies and more curry leaves if you like them. Pour it over the crab masala.
Serve hot with rice or any breads.
Crab Masala 3

Recipe Courtesy: Amma 


  1. My God,can you torture someone like this Nitha ? Truly appetizing clicks..

  2. Spicy & aromatic masala..!! Tempting me, a veggie to taste this delicious looking crab masala!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. LOVEEEEEEEEEEE this dish! My Mom makes this at home all the time. But when she makes it she doesn't pre-cook the crab. She lets it cook with the masala. Love your variation too. :)

  4. Mhmm..kothiyavunu..crab is my fav,drooling ..yumm yummmm...