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Kerala Crab Curry

- Submitted by Eliza on 4th Nov 2008

(Nandu Kulambu, South Indian Style Crab Curry)

This Kerala style spicy crab curry is made with grated and fried coconut and chillies. This tasty and spicy nandu curry goes well with plain rice.

Kerala Crab Curry

Ingredients - I

  • Coconut (grated) - 3 tbsp
  • Pearl Onions - 3-4
  • Garlic Cloves - 3
  • Curry leaves - 4 leaves
  • Dry red Chilies - 2
  • Peppercorns - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Ingredients - II

  • Crab - 1 lb (½ kg)
  • Tamarind juice - ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 4
  • Green chilly - 1
  • Mustard seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida powder - ¼ tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cilantro - for garnish


  1. Clean the crab, cut it into small pieces and keep aside.
  2. Take a skillet and heat some oil in it. Now fry all the ingredients from batch-1.
  3. Once the aroma starts coming, remove it from fire and let it cool. After it cools, grind everything together with some water to form a very fine paste and keep aside.
  4. Now take a clay pot or deep vessel, heat some oil, splutter mustard, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Now add the tamarind juice, chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida along with the ground masala and bring it to a boil. Add water if you want more gravy.
  6. Add the crab pieces, cover and cook for 10 minutes on low-medium flame. The crab is done when it turns red in color.
  7. Garnish with fresh curry leaves, cilantro and split green chilly and serve hot.


  • If you want a thick gravy, do not add extra water. Keep the flame on medium high and let the gravy cook till most of the water evaporates.

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Kerala Crab Curry. yummy
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Comment by Niki Butler
    Hi - this looks great - can you confirm the mustard is seeds? If so are black or yellow best? Thanks and great to see more crab recipies
Reply :-
    Hi Niki, Yes its mustard seeds. In India, we mostly use black mustard seeds.

Comment by  jushma mansoor on 13 January 2010 07:31AM     
    nandu kozhampu rompa yummya irukku.idha parthu naan pannen
Reply :-
    Thanks Jushma!!!

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