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Crab Fry (Nandu Varuval)

 Published 2009-Aug-13   Updated 2017-Jul-24

- Submitted by Dahlia

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

Recipe For Crab Fry (Nandu Masala)


  • 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 color.
  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 (15)

Person   ()
looks appetizing...just wanna ask whether crab cooking is a smelly process:)
Person   ()
Hi Nivii,
If the crab is fresh, it wouldn't smell.
Person   ()
ur recepies really motivates us to cook and they are very delicious... thanks a lot for posting these recepies..i have a doubt..will the crab cook in 3 mins..and how can we identify that the crab is cooked well...
thanks again
Person   ()
The crab will turn red in colour when it gets cooked.
Person   ()
Tasty and easy recipie. Trying now :)
Person   ()
Try it and leave your comments..
Person   ()
Crab Fry (Nandu Varuval)
Person   ()
Its very useful to me today. I enjoining to cook the crap.

Person   ()
Thats nice... Enjoy your crab.
Person   ()
very nice presentation it was very attractive
Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
It is the best crab varuval i have ever tasted.i am goin to cook it every day!!!!!!
Person   ()
Thank you... I am glad you liked it.
Person   ()
This crab fry in yummy and just like my mother-in-law's preparation.

Person   ()
Nice... Thank you.

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 Published by on and last updated on 2017-07-24.