Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crab curry (Roasted coconut gravy)

We decided to wrap up the year 2010 with our post of  this delicious crab curry.  Very popular in North Kerala, this is a must try for any seafood lover.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Crab Pieces: 10
Onions (sliced): 1 
Garlic (chopped): 2 teaspoon
Ginger (chopped): 2 teaspoon
Green Chili (chopped): 2-3
Tomatoes (chopped): 2
Chili Powder: 1 1/2 tablespoons
Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder: 2 tablespoons
Dried Red Chili: 2-3
Grated Coconut: 1/2 cup
Mustard Seeds: 1 teaspoon
Curry Leaves: handful
Salt to taste

We used the cut crab pieces we got from Asian store

To make Roasted coconut, in a pan dry roast the grated coconut for 6-7 minutes. Add 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon coriander powder, 1 dried red chili and saute well. sprinkle some salt and saute until the coconut is golden brown (check the ingredient pic)

Heat some oil in a pan, add ginger, garlic, green chilies and onions. Sprinkle some salt and saute well for 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile grind the roasted coconut to a smooth paste. Add chopped tomatoes, crab pieces, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and saute. Once tomatoes are cooked add the ground paste and mix well. Add enough water and let crab simmer in this gravy on medium heat. Crab meat cooks very fast and can be recognized when it turns into a whitish color. Adjust salt and spice level according to you liking. 

For final seasoning, heat some oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds, dried red chilies, curry leaves and pour it to the curry.


  1. Though we dont make it often crab curry is my fav...ur version looks so tempting

  2. Slurp, fingerlicking crab curry, just makes me hungry..

  3. Looks super good and nice pictures makes anyone drool...yumm :) even though i dont eat the color is tempting.

  4. Slurrrrrrrpppppp ......... Crabs are my fav no matter if it is from Kerela or any part of the world. Luv the spicy n flavorful curry of yours. I too have posted a different version of it today :)

    Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year



  5. thats a mouthwatering dish dear....

  6. wow...looks so tempting..made me drool...

  7. I am a regular reader of ur blog , u girls have a great thing going.i wish i cud drop by when ur dish out these fabulous recipes (since I live jus 2 hrs from u guys Portland OR 0 ;)

  8. Made this.And it turned out AMAZING! Thanks so much.

    Just made a little change though.Made one and a half times the coconut masala paste.It gives a thicker gravy.

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