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Crab masala

Crab masala is a popular Indian Side Dish
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Serves 4


1 lb - blue Crab (4 medium-sized Crabs)

1 cup - yellow onion, chopped

1/2 cup - shallots, chopped

1 cup - tomato, chopped

1 tbsp - ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp - Turmeric powder

1 tbsp - Red Chilli powder

4-5 - Curry leaves

2 tbsp - Lemon juice

2 tbsp - oil

Chopped Coriander leaves to garnish

To grind :

1 tsp - Cumin seeds

1 tsp - Coriander seeds

1/2 tsp - Poppy Seeds

4-5 - whole black pepper

1-inch - Cinnamon stick

2 - Cloves

1 - Bay Leaf

10 -12 - Fenugreek seeds

3 tbsp - grated Coconut


  1. Wash and cut the crabs thoroughly.
  2. Marinate crabs in salt, turmeric powder and 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder for 15 minutes.
  3. Dry roast the ingredients for grinding till you get a nice aroma.
  4. You need to dry roast the coconut separately to a golden brown colour.
  5. Add all the roasted spices in a blender with 3 to 4 tbsp of water and blend well to a fine paste.
  6. In a wide-bottomed non-stick skillet, heat 2 tbsp oil, add the curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste and onions; saute till the onions turn light golden brown.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they turn soft, then add the spice paste, 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder, and saute well for a minute or so until the oil separates.
  8. Add the crab pieces, mix well with the spices and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Add a cup of water and cook on medium low heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until the crab is fully cooked.
  10. Add 2 tbsp of lemon juice at the end.
  11. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with rice or paratha.
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