Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Crab Pepper Masala


Crab - 8
Onion - 2
Tomato small - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teasp
Pepper - 2 teasp
Jeera / cummin - 1 teasp
Red chilli powder - 2 teasp
Turmeric powder - 1 teasp
Scraped coconut - 1/4 cup
Corriander Seeds - 3 teasp
Corriander leaves- to garnish
Oil - 5 teasp
Salt - as needed

  • Clean the crabs.You can click HERE to see how to clean crabs.
  • Add oil to the frying pan. After the oil gets heated, add finely chopped onions, tomato, ginger garlic paste and saute well.
  • Roast corriander seeds without oil.
  • Add roasted corriander seeds, coconut, pepper, jeera, red chilli powder and grind it to a paste adding very little water.
  • Add the masala to the pan and saute well.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt.
  • Add the crabs to the pan and gently turn them.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and close the pan.
  • After the crabs get cooked, turn again gently.
  • Cook till the masala thickens in a medium flame.
  • Garnish with corriander leaves when the dish is ready.

Learnt from: Mrs. Jothi, my mother-in-law

How to Clean Crabs?

At the outset a crab looks like this..

You can see a V shaped part...

Open that V....

Remove all these  yellow parts and small pieces

After cleaning the crab looks like this...

Clean the crab with water

If the crab is big split it into two parts..if it is small take the full piece

Then take these leg parts separately

The whole crab indeed...but all the split parts are arranged as a whole.

Crab pepper masala is ready..recipe follows in the next post..

LEARNT FROM: Mrs. Jothy, my mother-in-law