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Crab Curry

Crab is one of my most favorite non vegetarian dishes. Growing up in a town close to the Bay of Bengal, we had no shortage of fresh seafood. In fact, my mom used to make crab atleast once in every 2 weeks.Crab can be made into delightful dishes in various forms and recipes. Crab Curry has to rank amongst the top contenders there. And this is another one of my sister’s (Suja) recipe and as usual it turned out to be a mind blowing entree. If you have a love for crab meat, I welcome you to try this recipe and let me know how it turned out. If you made your own modifications to it, also share it with me. After all cooking is part experimentation + part personalization (kai pakkuvam in Tamil).Â

  • Crab : 2 pounds (I used King crab legs)
  • Onions : 1 (medium and finely chopped)
  • Garlic : 5 (pressed)
  • Dry red chilies: 5
  • Coconut chopped :  1/4 cup
  • Cumin : 1 tbsp
  • Peppercorns :1/2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds : /4 tsp
  • Cinnamon : 1″
  • Tomatoes : 1/2 cup
  • Curry leaves : 5- 6
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Oil : 3 tbsp

Method Of Prepartion:

  1. Separately fry the the red chilies, peppercorns, fennel seeds, cinnamon and cumin.
  2. Grind them with chopped coconut into a thick paste and keep the masala  aside.
  3. Wash the crab and steam them for 10 minutes in medium heat. If you are using already cooked crab you still have to steam for 5 minutes.Â
  4. After that remove from heat (if you like crab with shell skip this step) remove the shell.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, add the onions, fry them till it becomes translucent.
  6. Now add the pressed garlic, little salt and the above ground masala and mix it well.
  7. Now add the tomatoes, curry laeves, turmeric powder and the required remaining salt into it.
  8. Let them cook  for about 4-5 minutes in medium heat with lid covered.
  9. When the masala smell goes off, add the crab meat (removed from shell) gently mix it with the masalas and add water to your liking for gravy consistency (about 1/2 cup) or you can just make it dry. Finally add a tbsp of oil on top of  it.
  10. Let them boil for about 8 minutes in medium heat.
  11. After that remove from heat and garnish it with coriander leaves.


Serve it hot and enjoy!
Crab Curry


  1. WOw the curry looks so delicious, here crab is reall expensive, i would love to eat the crab meat just with mayo too in a snadwihch.

  2. Ouuuu, I like that your crab curry is all meat and no bones (though I love bones) Yum!

  3. Love crabs! This looks good!

  4. That is a great combination of awesome flavors. I am always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy crab.

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  5. Avoide buying crabs before and after a week of full moon day, since the crabs avoide light much and end up with out much food at those days, so the meat is not fleshy.

  6. Thanks, it was a success 🙂

  7. WoW That is an awesome method of using king crab legs,taking the meat out and then adding into the curry. I never thought of doing it this way.My hubby and I love crab, but only make it when we have the time it takes to eat whole crab!
    Since the shells have flavour too, if i have time, i may roast the shells, then add some water, strain and then add this to the curry. They do this with shrimp shells so why not try it with crab shell.
    My recipe is similar only that I add some ginger,tamarind juice, and lots of chopped mint too.
    If we make the masala dry, I bet we can toss in canned crabmeat at the end too.
    Thank you for this-will try out soon!!!

  8. Tried it….Very flavourful…Iam a huge crab fan loved this recipe:)

  9. I made the crab curry, it turned out awesome! I added a little tamarind pulp which made it even better. Thanks, it is a great recipe!

  10. wow so taste crab curry i love it this recipe thanx


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