Indian Crab Curry Recipe, How to make Indian Crab Curry

My favorite Mummy Special Indian Crab Curry RecipeI 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 seed and cumin seed. 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. Grind until it forms a smooth paste. Add little water if required.

Mummy Special Crab Curry - Indian Crab Curry

5. Take little oil in the same pan. 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.
Maria@flavorsofmumbai.com:
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
  • 2 t/s cumin seed
  • 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 seed and cumin seed-. 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.


Comments

  1. susila says

    Hi , i tried this recipe earlier n its turns yummy. Happy to see my husband n kids enjoyed until last drop of curry. Thks Maria for the recipe. N this is one of the best crab curry i tasted.

  2. Sun says

    Hi – I have a questions about this recipe. You mention fennel seeds for the recipe, except at one step where you mention the same mixture with “cumin” seeds. Could you please clarify what you used? I’d love to try this out.

    • says

      Sun I have used both cumin and fennel. Have rectified and made the necessary changes. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. Do try and keep me posted.

  3. payal says

    Awesum crab curry..!! I cooked ths recipe.. the oly compliment I got was its jst awesum..^_^ thnks.. do post more seafood recipes

  4. Dave says

    Hello Maria
    Oh yum am on my way to buy crabs now. I bet you mommy knows where it is from and its from Kerala with no doubt. Even my mom used to cook the same using coconut n stuffs. Thanks for the post you really deserve a medal for this.

    • says

      Thanks Dave actually mummy hails from Goa and both states Goan and Kerala use coconuts widely in their cuisine. You are welcome do keep me posted how was the crab curry???

  5. Christina says

    Hi Shamima – I live in Cape Town (where there definitely no fresh coconuts) but I find I can get them at my local Pick and Pay, or Spar.

  6. shamima vawda says

    dear maria my name is shamima i am from durban south africa, we hve a prob getting fresh coconut is there a subsistute i could use.

    • says

      Shamima you could use desiccated coconut instead of fresh coconut. If you are unable to find coconut then use 1 cup coconut milk the taste would differ but would taste great still. Hope this helps you but add coconut milk towards the end of the dish else it might cuddle.

  7. Paul says

    This looks delicious, but I wonder, how do you eat this curry?

    Are you supposed to crack the claws open with your fingers, or has the meat already been taken out and added to the curry (and the shell is just for presentation)?

    Also that steel bowl you cook with, does it have a special name?

    Thanks!

    • says

      Paul the crab meat is not taken out it’s as it is. You are suppose to bite them with your teeth then use your finger to eat the flesh. You could use some device or tool to crack open the crab. But we eat with our teeth and hand at home. You could use any deep vessel or wok to make this curry no special bowl required. Thank-you for writing hope this helps you do lemme know how was the crab curry???

      • Paul says

        Thanks for the reply Maria. I didn’t think of using teeth to crack them open

        I have a wok and lots of pans which would be suitable, but I really liked the bowl you were cooking with. Luckily I’ve since found a similar one on the internet.

        I haven’t cooked your curry yet. Its difficult to get fresh coconut in the UK, and the desiccated stuff is not quite as nice. I will be trying it very soon though :)

  8. rozanne says

    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?

    • says

      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.

  9. Christina says

    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.

  10. nitasha says

    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.

  11. Suba says

    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

    • says

      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 :)

  12. suzzanne says

    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.

    • maria says

      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 :)

  13. Rupal says

    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.

  14. Rakshita Bhatkar says

    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…

  15. Ammy says

    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

  16. Swaps says

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Sera says

    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 ……

  18. Riaan says

    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

    • maria says

      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

  19. says

    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?

    • maria says

      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

  20. says

    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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