Indian Crab Curry Recipe, How to make Indian Crab Curry

by maria updated July 9, 2014

Let's learn step by step how to make this Indian Crab Curry Recipe! it's easy to make with basic ingredients found in your kitchen.

My favorite Mummy Special Indian Crab CurryI have been eating this Crab Curry since my childhood. I just go crazy and love the taste of this curry. I have asked my mummy several times if its goan cuisine or any specific cuisine. To which she cutely replies its Indian Cuisine. All the credit goes to her for this curry. Today I will share this secret ………..How to make this special indian crab curry. Crabs are also called as Khekda and Shimori  in Mumbai-India.

My relatives, close family, friends all love this Crab Curry. Its made with Indian spices. The spice makes it spicy and heavenly.This curry goes well with steamed rice, Bread or Chapatis. You could also make this curry as a main course in your meal.

This Indian crab curry has blend of good spice and coconut. All this makes this curry special and mouth watering. Once you have this I bet you will make it always. The crab curry taste will linger on your taste-buds always.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

Crab and Mussels are my hot favorite. That too made by mum. My mouth starts watering even when I talk about it. Crab has to be diced properly. The hygiene is important you need to clean the crabs thoroughly. If you are using alive crabs be careful before dicing them. As crabs can give you crab bites. The pain is harsh and acute.

I have tried some of delicious crab curries like green crab curry and goan crab curry.

Mummy Special Crab Curry step by step details below:

1. Firstly dice the crab and wash it properly.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

2. Take a tawa or pan add little oil. Once hot add fennel seeds. When they crackle.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

3. Add 2 sliced onion. Keep one onion aside for Tadka (tempering).

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

4. Now put Garlic cloves, desiccated coconut, 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves, Ginger  and green chilies. Saute until onion all mixture becomes dark brown. Combine this fried mixture in the grinder.  This mixture is of fried onion, ginger-garlic, cumin seed, coriander leaves, green chilies and desiccated coconut. Grind until it forms a smooth paste. Add little water if required.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

5. Take little oil. Add now fresh grated coconut to it.

Desiccated Coconut-Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

6. Saute until they are brown.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

7. Grind to form a smooth paste. Add water if required.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

8. Get a wok or vessel add 3 tbsp Oil. Add the remaining chopped onion. Saute for 2 mins on low flame.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

9. Add tomatoes and saute for a minute.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

10. Mix all spices except salt. Stir for sometime.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

11. Let the mixture become brown. Roughly after 5 to 6 mins.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

12. Add the fresh coconut spice paste to the curry. Its time to add crabs to it.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

13. Combine well. Now add the desiccated coconut paste to the gravy.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

14. Check the consistency add water as required. Stir well cover with a lid for 5 mins. Stir again. Once the curry starts bubbling add salt as per taste.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

15. After 3 to 4 mins taste the curry. See if more salt or spice required. Switch off the gas. Your Crab Curry is ready now. Before Serving garnish with coriander leaves. Serve This Crab curry with Pav, Bread Or Rotis. This crab curry goes well with steamed rice or pao.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

If you are looking for more seafood recipes then do check  Goan prawns curry, dry shrimp curry, clams dry recipe, mandeli fish fry, goan fish currygoan prawn currymince potato chops, goan shark frygreen crab curry andgoan piri piri sauce.

Mummy Special Crab Curry recipe details below:

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Indian Crab Curry
 
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This Indian Crab curry goes well with steamed rice, Bread or Chapatis. Also this curry has blend of good spice and coconut.
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Recipe type: Coastal food, meals,
Cuisine: Indian Cuisine
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 tbsp oil for frying + 1.5 tbsp oil for curry
  • 5 to 6 Big sized Crabs Or about 10 small sized Crabs
  • 18 to 20 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 inch Ginger Chopped
  • 3 Sliced Onion
  • ½ cup Desiccated Coconut
  • 3 t/s Fennel Seeds
  • ½ cup Coriander Leaves
  • 1 Green Chili
  • ½ cup fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seed Powder
  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt as per taste
Instructions
  1. Firstly dice the crab and wash it properly.
  2. Take a tawa or pan add little oil. Once hot add fennel seeds. When they crackle.
  3. Add 2 sliced onion. Keep one onion aside for Tadka.
  4. Now put Garlic cloves, desiccated coconut, 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves, Ginger and green chilies. Saute until onion all mixture becomes dark brown. Combine this fried mixture in the grinder. This mixture is of fried onion, ginger-garlic, cumin seed, coriander leaves, green chilies and desiccated coconut. Grind until it forms a smooth paste. Add little water if required.
  5. Take little oil. Add now fresh grated coconut to it.
  6. Saute until they are brown.
  7. Grind to form a smooth paste. Add water if required.
  8. Get a wok or vessel add 3 tbsp Oil. Add the remaining chopped onion. Saute for 2 mins on low flame.
  9. Add tomatoes and saute for a minute.
  10. Mix all spices except salt. Stir for sometime.
  11. Let the mixture become brown. Roughly after 5 to 6 mins.
  12. Add the fresh coconut spice paste to the curry. Its time to add crabs to it.
  13. Combine well. Now add the desiccated coconut paste to the gravy.
  14. Check the consistency add water as required. Stir well cover with a lid for 5 mins. Stir again. Once the curry starts bubbling add salt as per taste.
  15. After 3 to 4 mins taste the curry. See if more salt or spice required. Switch off the gas. Your Crab Curry is ready now.
  16. Before Serving garnish with coriander leaves. Serve This Crab curry with Pav, Bread Or Rotis. This crab curry goes well with steamed rice.
Notes
1. Ensure you buy fresh crabs.
2. You could use more chilies if spice required.


{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

ALEX July 12, 2014 at 12:16 am

REALLY VERY GOOD

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maria July 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Thanks Alex :)

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Ved Manu Moola July 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Really good.. did add sour mango powder for a little more zing.. fab tho !!! Tks

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maria July 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Thanks Ved for trying the recipe :) I am glad you liked it and liked the addition of mango powder.

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rozanne July 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Hey darling jus wanted to know if crab curry is healthy for my pregnancy as I am craving it but ppl r saying its nt gud for the child.u shud no better,a lil help?

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maria July 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Hi Rozanne,

Eating too much crabs is not good as it could produce heat in your stomach during pregnancy even prawns would create the same effect. You could eat crab in small quantities to reduce your craving but don’t make a habit. Hope this helps you.

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Rimas July 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

Hi Maria,
Amazing recipe .

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maria July 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Thankyou Rima did you try the crab curry?

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Christina June 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

This was amazingly delicious. I am now about to whizz all the leftovers, shells and all, in my food processor. Shall then carefully strain and freeze for a sublime curried crab bisque.

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maria June 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thanks Christina :) for trying the crab curry and I am glad you found them delicious :)

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sayoop June 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

It was really awesome . Thanks for the recipe.

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maria June 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

I am glad you liked them you are welcome and thanks for trying the crab curry :)

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wilson May 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

i’m trying hope it goes well

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maria May 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Sure Wilson do try and don’t forget to share your views.

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Jennifer May 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

Awesome recipe! tried it out and tastes great!!

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maria May 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Thankyou Jennifer for trying and I am glad you liked it.

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nitasha March 30, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Thanks a lot for the recipe. My husband just bought crabs yesterday and i had no idea how to prepare them. I went through a lot of recipes on the net and your recipe looks the best. Will be trying out for sure.

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maria March 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Thanks Nitasha :) do try and lemme know if you require any help ? do share your feedback.

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Estrelina Dias March 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I tired your receipe it was super my family enjoyed thanks.

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Suba July 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Helo there ,Im Suba frm Malaysia ..I live ur crab curry so much ..but i have some doubts on below especially on the 2 type of grind paste.Pls correct is im wrong .

The first paste is the mixture of Garlic cloves, 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves, Ginger and fresh grated coconut right ???

The 2nd paste is only desiccated coconut after saute it .

Pls let me know on above ..Thanks dear

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maria July 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Hi Suba nice to see you here :) it’s only one paste only dry coconut is roasted with onion and other ingredients. Later roast fresh coconut separately until brown and grind all together. Hope your doubts are clear also have explained in detail below. Keep me posted how was the curry :)

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suzzanne November 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

Dear Maria,

Thank you for this receipe, After 10 years i have made this dish, i use to eat it when my granny would prepare it. she passed away and so the receipe. I hear that crabs are heaty and wanted to try for my 3 years old daughter who got cold. I got this recepie and when i seen the pic it looked just like my grannys dish. Made it 3 times in 15 Days. Want to thankyou from my heart. THANKYOU.

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maria November 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Thanks Suzanne for trying them and you are right crabs are heaty I am happy you liked the crab curry you are welcome Suzanne keep cooking hope your kid is alright now :)

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Rupal November 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Great recipe it turn out so good. I made it first time in my life but your step by step recipe made it so easy for me. Thank you for sharing the wonderful recipe with us.

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maria November 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Thanks Rupal for trying them :) I am happy you liked them keep cooking have fun :)

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Rakshita Bhatkar October 27, 2012 at 5:28 am

Hey Maria,

I am too from Mumbai, may be that is the reason my mom also cooks crab in the same way. I am also in love with crab…..just like you…

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maria October 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

Nice to know mom connection Rakhsita :) take care enjoy!

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Ammy August 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

Your recipes are execellent………

Maria the pictures and the explaination too good

I want to know what is this garam masala exactly the preparation your mom makes for Crab curry

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maria August 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

Thanks Ammy :) garam masala is the readymade masala we use mostly everest brand Or for our homemade garam masala refer to this link http://www.flavorsofmumbai.com/indian-garam-masala-powder-garam-masala-powder-recipe/ also ensure the homemade garam masala is slightly strong so do watch out while cooking… Hope this helps you! My mom uses readymade Or homemade as per her mood.

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Swaps April 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hey …… the sequence of pictures showing the recipe are so amazing…that I almost felt the taste the Crab curry while looking at them!!!! Your presentation is fantabulous….it reminded me my Mom’s crab curry!!Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!

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maria April 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks Swap :) …………. do try them for sure :)

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RUPAL January 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

TURNED OUT JUST AS SHOWN! GREAT… THANK YOU

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maria January 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

Hey Rupal….. thanks keep cooking have fun gurl!

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Sera November 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

mix n match ur 2 crab recipe yesterday night…… basically followed this recipe and added malwani masala along with the red chilly pwdr ….. also in d end added solas (dry mango) …. n voila it was yum yum ……………. cant wait to go back home n dig into the leftover m sure it will be more yum tonite ……

thank u Maria n ur mum for this wonderful recipe ……

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maria November 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Hey Sera,

Great combo I must say… I am happy you enjoyed them. You are welcome buddy.

Love,
Maria

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Riaan September 28, 2011 at 6:08 am

Hi,

I am so glad I found your recipe. I am from South Africa and while my father was stil alive, he made us crab curry. I’ve been wanting to make it for about 15 years now and always thought that it wont be good.

This recipe was the best crab curry I have ever tasted in my life.

Thanks very much for sharing

Regards,
Riaan Augustyn

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maria September 28, 2011 at 6:43 am

Hi Riann,

Thanks for stopping by I am happy you loved the crab curry. Actually I am thankful to my mom for that. Guess our ancestors and parents have been great chef which gets passed on to us. Be happy and keep cooking.

Lot’s of Love,
Maria

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sakthi August 3, 2011 at 2:42 am

hey, its turns very yummy, thanks for sharing maria :)

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maria August 3, 2011 at 5:19 am

Hey Sakthi,

Thanks for trying and I am glad you liked it. Keep Cooking :)

Cheers!
Maria

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Manisha April 9, 2011 at 3:44 am

Thanks a ton for adding that info and yes, I saw the other crab curry, too! And the bombil! *drool*

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maria April 9, 2011 at 6:47 am

Hey Manisha,

U welcome … do try all of them and lemme know your views!

Love,
Maria

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Manisha March 15, 2011 at 1:56 am

You just killed me with all those delightful pictures of a droolworthy crab curry! Oh my! I haven’t had one in years and years. I thought I might on my recent trip to Bombay but it was not meant to be. I will have to fix that by making it in my own kitchen soon! How many crabs did you need for this curry? What size were they or was it by weight?

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maria March 15, 2011 at 4:24 am

Hey Manisha,

Thanks for your lovely comments and views. You would require about 5 to 6 big sized crabs otherwise about 10 small crabs. In Mumbai you don’t get crabs measured by weight. You could buy one vata (One bunch of Crabs which they sell individually in the fish market). Thank you for asking me as I haven’t put the quantity of crabs required for the curry. I have added that as well. Hope my response helps you. Do try this crab curry and lemme know how was it? Also I am adding one more Crab Curry soon so check that as well.

Love,
Maria

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Kulsum at JourneyKitchen March 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

I never ending up trying Indian recipes with crab, wonder why! this looks great

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maria March 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Hey Kulsum,

Thanks a ton. Do try out this crab curry. Also thanks for coming to my blog

Love,
Maria

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Happy Cook February 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Wowo I have not had crab curry for ages and ages and just seeing ths picture i am droling, wish I had this delicious curry with hot rice, just the thought makes me indeed drool all over again.

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maria February 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hi,

Thanks do make one I am sure you would love this crab curry!

Love,
Maria

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Michaela February 23, 2011 at 2:59 am

Lovely!!

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maria February 23, 2011 at 6:06 am

Thanks buddy!

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