Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Njandu / Crab Coconut Masala

How about a nice crab coconut masala to go with rice ? Now in this recipe the coconut is not dry roasted before grinding. Crab is coated with the coconut masala when you bite into it. This is more of a dry preparation with little gravy, that coats the crab.


10 - Big Crab, wash & cleaned
1/2 cup - Shallots, chopped
2 to 4 - Green chili, slit in center
5 flakes - Garlic, make a paste
1'' piece - Ginger, make a paste
3 pieces - Kudampuli, Wash & clean
1 tsp - Turmeric powder
3 sprigs - Curry leaves
1 tsp - Mustard seeds
Salt to taste

Grind to a smooth paste

2 flakes - Garlic
5 - Shallots /Small onion
5 - Dry red chili
1/2 tsp - Fennel seed
4 tsp - Coriander powder
1/2 cup - Freshly grated coconut


1 ) Heat coconut oil in a manchatty / earthen pot, add mustard seed and let it pop. Then add shallot, green chili, curry leaves, fry for a minute. Then add ginger and garlic paste and fry till it browns lightly.

2 ) Now add turmeric powder, kudampuli and the ground coconut masala paste, fry for a minute. Then add little water for gravy, salt to taste and the cleaned crab pieces. Bring to a boil, simmer and cook till crab is cooked. Finally add some curry leaves and coconut oil on top. Take off the stove and serve.

Serve hot with rice.


Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pravs
Great dish. But I dont have any crab here in delhi. Can I try Tiger prawns and will try crabs soon. ( when I go to Calcutta )
Happy cooking

Subi said...

ennte ponne. i'll catch the next flight and come there:-) never cooked crab in my life. it looks soo yummy.

sayantani said...

Hi another gret dish from you. my hubby is an ardent crab lover. I would like to try this one. please mention what type of crab would be best for it.

Gulmohar said...

Great recipe Pravs....It's been a long time since I had crab..:-)

Cham said...

I badly crave this crab! My mom does with only coconut and rarely with tamar... Drool worthy!

Vrinda said...

i think i am first time here..lovely blog..Njandu curry looks superb and my fav...

Tina said...

Never tried it before...Looks yummyyyyyy

Divya Vikram said...

Crab looks so tempting and appetizing.

Homecooked said...

Oh wow....I love crabs! Dont find any here though :( The dish looks superb!

Sig said...

Hey Pravs, hope you are doing well! That's one mouthwatering crab curry...

ann said...

hooo..I cant misss this one dear..totally mind blowing and nostalgic.what a picture to go with that !! Hey Pravs,whats the Xmas special ? Merry Christmas and new year in advance..!!

Nostalgia said...

Awesome.. its been ages since I had crab... your dish has me drooling..

Vrinda said...

Thanx for visiting my blog..Regarding egg masala,i used Eastern brand

Pravs said...

Ushnish: I am not sure, since i have not tried with prawns..but you sure can try and let me know :)

Subi : Thats good subi..that way i will get to see you soon :)

Sayantani : I have used the blue legged crab. I am sure your hub will like this. Let me know when you try :)

Gulmohar : Do try when you get some good crab.

Cham : you can use tomato instead of tamarind. That will be fine too.

Vrinda : Welcome ! thank you. you have lovely blog too.

Tina : will be a good one to try.

Divya : Thanks divya :)

Homecooked : oh thats sad you done get any crabs in your place. If you are in USA, look out in chinese stores.

Sig : I am doing well sig :) Good to see your comment after so long.

Ann : You are a dear ann :) i will try if i can make some christmas special. Not keeping so well lately.

Nostalgia : Thank you :)

Vrinda : Thanks vrinda :)