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How to make Spicy Indian Crab Curry - Recipe


Spicy Indian crab curry is a popular seafood recipe in India. This recipe involves crab pieces cooked in a spicy mix and coconut mixture and cooked on a medium flame. This crab curry is perfect for cold weather and good for some health issues like cold as well. You can increase the spices if you like it hotter. You can also substitute cooked shrimp, lobster, king crab legs or imitation crab meat or lobster tail. If you are using raw crab or dungeons crab, clean it, and take the legs off the body. Cut the body into two pieces, discard the hard shell. I have also included a link to a spicy Indian crab curry recipe at the end of this hub. Make sure to check it out.

Indian Crab Curry Recipe

Spicy Crab Curry

Spicy Crab Curry

Ingredients for spicy Indian crab curry recipe

  • 1/2 kg crab
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 5 garlic flakes or 2 tsp garlic
  • 4 tsp coconut grated
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Turmeic powder a pinch
  • 2 tsp coriander leaves, chopped

How to make spicy Indian crab curry:

1. Heat a little oil and sauté the onions (1 chopped), garlic and cumin seeds.

2. Grind these spices with turmeric powder, pepper, chilli powder and grated coconut to make fine paste.

3. Fry the onions in oil till light brown. Now add the tomato and cook on medium flame for 3-4 minutes.

4. Add the crabs and stir well. Fry for a while until there is a change in color on the crab shells.

5. Add the ground masala and cook the crab curry for a minute.

6. Pour 1 1/2 cups of water, and boil, covered and cook the crab curry on medium heat for 15 minutes.

7. Turn off the heat when crab curry thickens.

8. Sprinkle the coriander leaves on top before serving.

9. Now spicy Indian crab curry recipe is ready. Serve with rice.

Enjoy and let me know if you got it right.

Some Indian curry items

Tips for making Spicy Indian Crab Curry

1. Crabs come in different sizes - adjust the ingredients according to the size of crab.

2. You can make spicy Indian crab curry recipe using raw crab or cooked crab. Both taste really good.

3. The crab curry tastes best when eaten immediately after preparation.

4. If you are using raw crab or dungeons crab, clean it, and take the legs off the body. Cut the body into two pieces, discard the hard shell.

5. Replace crab with King Crab legs or Lobster to fit your interests.

Let us know how delicious your spicy crab curry turned out by sharing your feedback in the comments area below.

Video showing How to make Indian Crab Curry

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Comments on June 19, 2012:

Regarding the video...............About the curry and its taste.. i don't want to argue.. may be itz good.. not sure. But I totally agree with Aron, its neither an Indian preparation nor itz prepared by an Indian, 100% .

jayanthi on March 28, 2012:

very nice ya . .. .....and i got super taste

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chrisanto from Philippines on September 27, 2011:

wow, crabs is one of my favorites and its really delicious .. keep writing, good job

Caroline on March 20, 2011:

Just finished all the sauté. Waiting for the crab to be cooked. But as for ur recipe, which point should salt be added. And for Aron there are different types of cooking followed in India. I just sauté onion and meat first (to remove the raw smell) before adding any spices. There are different ways of cooking sea food in different states. Even in TN there are different recipes for crab. So if u like try it else leave.

And as for the post, thanks a lot. My mother-in-law never tried to learn cooking crab, so it was always said to be off limit for her kids. But my husband tasted it in a friends place, he liked it very much and asked his mom to make crab curry. But she refused. So he is just excited that i am cooking this recipe and invited that friend. once again thanks a lot and will surely add my comment when tasted.

de Vries on November 02, 2010:

First time i cook my own crabcurry. I think it`s better than my wife`s curry, but don`t tell her. I used coconutmilk instead of your coconut strips. Nice flavour !!

hitesh on September 26, 2010:

can we eat the legs of crab with the bleuish shells still on it???

cary on September 19, 2010:

awesome ...too good recipe....thanks

khalid bava muzahmiyah on August 28, 2010:

i am tested with the item . verey good

Mamta on July 18, 2010:

it smells so good............n i'm running a cold :)

yum yum cant wait to eat

basheer on April 23, 2010:

i really enjoyed cookin crab curry recepie advised by you. its very tasty. i really enjoyed eating it.

Aron on January 24, 2010: comment is in reference to the video posted above,not the recipe listed at top.

Aron on January 24, 2010:

I am from India and I'm afraid have never heard of a recipe as posted above..first of all,onions and chillies are always sauteed with curry powders and spices before adding the main ingredient,be it crab or anything else (meat,fish,vegetable).Another thing is,cooking crab with coconut paste or coconut milk is common here,but cow's milk?? Never heard of that one..let alone,breaking eggs into the pot and adding soy sauce?!? In any case,if it tastes good,then best of luck!

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