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Crab Kurma

- Submitted by Dahlia on 22nd Mar 2011

(Nandu Kulambu, Crab Curry, Nandu Masala)

Crab Kurma


  • Crab - 5-6
  • Onion - 1 big (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes - 2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Whole Garam Masala - 1 bay leaf, 2" piece cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 3 cardamoms
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) - handful (finely chopped)

To Grind

  • Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cashews - 4


  1. Clean the crab and cut it. Add some salt and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan (kadai) and temper the whole garam masala, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add the onions and green chillies and fry till it turns golden.
  4. Next fry the ginger garlic paste for a minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are mashed up.
  6. Now add the chilly powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder.
  7. Now add the crabs and mix to coat the crabs with the masala.
  8. Add some water depending on how much gravy you need. You can also make it a semi gravy dish.
  9. Cover and let it cook for 5-7 minutes. The crab turns red in color when done. If you overcook the crab it will become stringy.
  10. In the meantime grind the ingredients under 'To grind'.
  11. Add this ground paste to the crab gravy. Check for salt and other seasonings and adjust if needed.
  12. Let the gravy simmer for another 5 minutes for the ground masala to get cooked.
  13. Finally add chopped cilantro and switch off. 

Serving Suggestion

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Comments (4)

Person   ()
Awesome taste ..very fantastic dish got lots compliments from. Husband .
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Good. Enjoy!
Person   ()
Tried it.. Awesome and delicious really... got appreciation from my husband :-) yummy taste ! Please keep posting such delicious recipes :-)
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That's nice to hear. Try more recipes.

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 Published by on and last updated on 2013-11-13.