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Crab Fry (Nandu Varuval)

- submitted by Dahlia on 13th Aug 2009

(Crab Dry Fry, Crab Masala Fry, South Indian Crab Fry, Nandu Masala, Nandu Fry, Nandu Peratal)

 Crab Fry


  • Crab - 2
  • Onion - 1 big (finely chopped)
  • Tomato - 2-3 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilly Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - handful
  • Cilantro - handful
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


  1. Bring water (1 or 2 cups) to a boil in a deep vessel. When it comes to a rolling boil, add enough salt and turmeric powder to it.
  2. Add the crab to this and cook for 2-3 minutes. After that drain the water and keep it aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a big kadai/pan and saute the onions till it turns brown in colour.
  4. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  5. Next add the tomatoes, salt, chilly powder and coriander powder. (You can add few spoons of the water in which you cooked the crab to the masala to prevent the spices from getting burnt.)
  6. Fry this mixture nicely till oil separates from the masala and most of the moisture has evaporated. 
  7. At this stage add the crab pieces, finely chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  8. Toss everything together for about 5 minutes till all the crab pieces are nicely coated with the masala.
  9. Switch off. Tasty Nandu Varuval is ready to serve.

Serving Suggestion


  • You can also make Era Thokku (Prawn Masala) using the same recipe.

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Comments (11)

Person merlin   (September 24, 2016)
Tasty and easy recipie. Trying now :)
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 25, 2016)
Try it and leave your comments..
Person sanjeev   (September 3, 2016)
Crab Fry (Nandu Varuval)
Person Parthiban M   (October 3, 2015)
Its very useful to me today. I enjoining to cook the crap.

Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (October 4, 2015)
Thats nice... Enjoy your crab.
Person kowsalyashankar   (August 15, 2015)
very nice presentation it was very attractive
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 15, 2015)
Thank you.
Person uma   (February 16, 2014)
It is the best crab varuval i have ever tasted.i am goin to cook it every day!!!!!!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 17, 2014)
Thank you... I am glad you liked it.
Person Felscia Paul   (November 18, 2012)
This crab fry in yummy and just like my mother-in-law's preparation.

Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 15, 2015)
Nice... Thank you.

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