Monday, April 30, 2018

Crab Curry

CRABS....."You cannot teach a crab to walk straight". 
Whenever we hear the word Crab, we can think of exotic dishes made from it but the real deal is in cleaning them. The thought of cleaning crab gives me goosebumps. It's so scary dealing with live crabs and this was the main reason I couldn't relish crab at home.

Whenever I visited our local Asian store I couldn't stop myself in gazing those live crabs. I never gathered the courage of handling them at home on my kitchen top. So whenever we thought of enjoying crabs we would go to some restaurants and dig a hole in our wallets (Mind you....eating crabs in restaurants is quite expensive). Of course I tried to search online and like always I got thousand of ideas on HOW TO CLEAN CRABS? But still I was not very confident about myself.

Finally, one day I saw huge KING CRAB LEGS lying down the display case in my nearby grocery store along with many seafoods. I couldn't stop my excitement and I shouted YES; NOW I CAN RELISH THEM AND MAKE SOME EXOTIC DISHES FROM CRAB AT HOME.

So, here I'm penning down our family's favorite Crab Curry recipe which we like to enjoy with steamed rice and salad. Hope you'll like it.


1. King Crab Legs: 2 lbs
2. Onions (chopped): 1 cup
3. Tomatoes (chopped): 1
4. Ginger-Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp
5. Whole Garam Masala (1/2 cinnamon, 3-4 green cardamoms, 5-6 cloves, 5-6 black peppers)
6. Turmeric Powder: 1 tbsp
7. Red Chilli Powder: 1/2 tsp 
8. Cumin Powder: 1 tbsp
9. Garam Masala Powder: 1/2 tsp
10. Green Chillies: 2
11. Coconut Milk: 1/2 cup
12. Cilantro (chopped): for garnishing
13. Oil: for cooking
14. Salt: as per taste


1. Wash thoroughly and clean the King Crab Legs.

2. Place a heavy bottomed pan on medium-high heat and pour oil in it. 

3. When the oil is hot enough add the whole garam masala and let them crackle. Take care not to burn them. 

4. When you can smell the aroma of garam masala  add the chopped onions and fry them until they become translucent. 

5. At this point add the ginger-garlic paste and fry it for 2-3 mins or until the raw flavor of ginger-garlic is gone.

6. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook the mixture for another 2-3 mins or until the tomatoes becomes mushy.

7. Now, it's time to add the salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder,cumin powder and cook it for a min. Now add the King Crab legs and give it a nice stir until the Crab legs are well coated with the masala mixture.

8. Add water and cover the pan with a lid. Let the gravy simmer for 4-5 mins. Take out the lid and check the seasoning. Add salt if needed.

9. Add the coconut milk and garam masala powder. Let them get infused with the Crab Curry. Cover the lid and let it again simmer for a minute or two. 

10. Take a serving bowl and take out the Crab Curry in it. Garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro and serve it with hot steamed rice. Enjoy!!


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