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Crab Kurma

 Published 2011-Mar-22   Updated 2019-Nov-11

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Nandu Kulambu, Crab Curry, Nandu Masala)

Recipe For 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 (6)

Person   ()
Tried it..nice one...but tastes little bitter??
Person   ()
Please reduce the coriander powder by half next time to avoid bitterness.
Person   ()
Awesome taste ..very fantastic dish got lots compliments from. Husband .
Person   ()
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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Comment by kiruba dharani
    Hi! ur recipe looks cool, sure i want a try . keep posting ur recipes .
Reply :-
    Thank You for your compliments Kiruba. Will be posting many more exciting recipes. Keep visiting regularly and share your comments.

Comment by sneha rani
    We had a try last weekend. Great, was a bit sweet (for Joe and Hayden) My friend said it was delicious. Thanks
Reply :-
    Hi Sneha. Thanks for leaving your comments. Did it turn sweet?? May be because of the coconut and tomato. Next time may be add little more spices to adjust the spice level.

Comment by pravaniya john
    wowww.....Yumm yumm..I am def going to try this.
Reply :-
    Oh yeah.. try this for sure....

Comment by sneha rani
    this is my favourite. i ll give a try
Reply :-
    Hi Sneha, Its our family favorite too.

Comment by Helen Bensam
    Hey Dahls,
    This looks so yummy and my mouth is watering now itself...!!!! :) Gonna give a try!!!
Reply :-
    Sure Helen. Give it a try. It tastes as good as it looks.

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