Kakkra curry (crab curry)

Kakkra curry (crab curry) is a popular Indian Curries
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Serves 4
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4 - large raw crabs

4 - potatoes, quartered

2 - onions, ground to a paste

2 - onions, halved and sliced fine

1.5 tbsp - Turmeric paste

2 tbsp - chilli paste

1 tbsp - Ginger paste

1/2 tsp - Garlic paste

Bay Leaves

Garam Masala

Oil for frying crabs and Potatoes

2 tbsp - Ghee

Salt and Sugar to taste

2 cups - water


  1. Scrub crabs clean.
  2. Separate claw from body and crack open.
  3. Remove hard shell of crab.
  4. Rub in a little turmeric and salt, and fry until light brown.
  5. Keep aside.
  6. In the same pan, fry the quartered potatoes only until lightly brown.
  7. Keep aside.
  8. In a karahi or pan, heat 2 tbsp. ghee.
  9. Add bay leaves and garam masala.
  10. Stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  11. Add sliced onions and stir fry till brown.
  12. Add all the masala pastes, salt and sugar to taste.
  13. Stir and cook until masala changes colour, sprinkling with water as necessary.
  14. Add 2 cups of water, the fried potatoes and crabs.
  15. Cover and simmer gently until potatoes are done.
  16. Sugar may be added at the same time as the water.

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