Servings : 4 persons
Published date : March 07, 2019
Ingredients used in Simple Crab curry
• Crab - 1 kg.
• Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon.
• Red chilli powder - 1 tea spoon.
• Salt - to taste.
• Ginger garlic paste - tea spoon.
• Turmeric powder - 1/2 tea spoon.
• Oil - 2 tablespoons.
• Green chillies ( chopped) - 4 number.
• Tomatoes (cubes) - 2 number.
• Onion (cubes) - 1 number.
• Coconut powder - 1 tablespoon.
• Poppy powder - 1 tablespoon.
• Cumin powder - 1/2 tea spoon.
• Garam masala powder - pinch.
• Coriander leaves (finely chopped) - 1 bunch.
Cut onions, green chillies, tomatoes and make it into a fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan, add above prepared onion and tomatoes paste, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, salt and cook for about 4-5 minutes untill oil oozes out of the gravy.
Now, add red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, coconut and poppy seeds powder or paste, mix well.
Then add the crab pieces and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
Add water to the above pan and cook with closed lid for about 10-15 minutes on medium flame.
At last, add garam masala powder, finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Delicious Simple crab curry is now ready to serve.
Cooking with images
Crab curry is a considered as a delicacy in many parts of the world and is often consumed as a main course. This recipe is a very basic and simplecrab curry to prepare. Crabmeat is mainly valued and liked by many for its succulent and sweet taste. Crabmeat also adds wonderful flavour when added to soups, saladsand dips. The simple crabcurry is a very basic and fast to prepare dish where the crab is cooked in a delicious and spicy gravymasala made on onion, green chillies and tomatoes mixed with other aromatic spices.
There are many known varieties crabs. The crabs which are delicious to eat are the blue crabs, Dungeness crabs and king crabs.Dungenesscrabsare large crabs with pink and juicy meat while the king crabs are extremely large in size. Since crabshave ten legs, they are called decapods. Crabsgrow in size by a process of molting - they shed their hard shell, and swell up in size by ingesting lots of water. For a few days, they are covered only by a soft shell, which gradually hardens, until the next molting.
Some gourmets prefer these soft-shelled crabs, claiming they are more succulent and sweet. Whatever the preference, crab-meat is universally considered a delicacy. Dungeness crab, known for its flavor, flaky white meat, and attractive orange colored shell is a popular choice among those who are health conscious as it is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals.Crab cakes are one of the favourite dishes among many seafood lovers in America. It is usually made with the crab meat of Dungeness crab or blue crabs.
Keralais a beautiful state in India and god has generously bestowed this region with a bounty of nature and umpteen natural resources like coconuttrees, plantains trees, rubber trees, spices etc. This is why it is referred to as God’s own country. The coastal regions of Keralahave a network of waterways, inlets from sea and estuaries over forty rivers, lakes and natural canals connecting coastal towns. This interlinked body of waterways is known as the backwaters in Kerala.
Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters in Kerala. In India, mudcrabshave come into prominence since early eighties with the commencement of live crab export to the South East Asian countries which have created a renewed interest in the exploitation as well as in the production of mudcrabsthrough aquaculture.
There are two species of mud crabs, namely Scylla tranquebarica and Scylla serrata are found in the inshore seas, estuaries, backwaters, coastal lakes and mangrove swamps of all maritime states on the main land and the creeks and bays of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Both the species co-exist in the inshore sea as well as in the inland brackish waters preferring muddy or sandy bottom. Among the edible species, Scylla serrata, commonly called the mud crab or green crab, is important.
It is popular because of its size, meat quality, high price and export potential. Mudcrabis locally called 'njandu' in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, 'petha' in Andhra Pradesh, 'kankada' in Orissa and 'kankra' in West Bengal. To prepare this juicy and mouth-watering Simple Crab curry, firstly cut some onions, green chillies, tomatoesand make a paste and keep aside. Take a pan, add some oil.
When the oil is hot, add onion paste, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, salt and mix well. Cook this till it becomes thick. Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, coconut and poppy seeds powder or paste and mix well. Add the crab pieces and cook for 3-5 mins then add water, cover with lid and cook till the carbs are done. Once the crabs are cooked, finally add garam masala powder, coriander leaves and mix well. Tip: You can also cook this in a pressure cooker.
Crab meat is nutritionallygood as it is high in vitamins, high quality proteins and amino acids. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, copper, zinc, phosphorus and iron, while having lower levels of fat and carbohydrates. The taste, texture and nutritional benefits of crab meat make it a versatile delicacy to treat your taste buds. Crabs are a sweet and succulent delicacy that is extremely popular universally.
Do try this recipe and enjoy its taste and flavours. You can also view the making of this recipe by clicking the video:
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