Malabar Crab / Njandu Curry


5 crabs, cleaned
1/2 cup grated coconut
2 onions, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 tbsp ginger, chopped
2 green chillies, slit
3 garlic cloves, crushed
small lemon sized tamarind
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp coriander leaves, chopped
salt to taste


  1. Cut the crab into pieces and clean it and keep it aside. Soak tamarind in little water and extract its juice and keep it aside.
  2. Grind grated coconut, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and fennel seeds together to a smooth paste adding about 3/4-1 cup of water and keep it aside.
  3. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a pan or claypot /manchatti and splutter fenugreek seeds.
  4. Add chopped ginger, green chillies, crushed garlic and curry leaves and saute for a minute.
  5. Add sliced onions and saute well till onion starts to brown slightly.
  6. Add sliced tomatoes and saute well till it turns soft.
  7. Then add kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  8. Add cleaned crabs and salt, mix well and cook it covered adding 1- 1 1/2 cup of water.
  9. When crabs are cooked, add ground coconut paste and tamarind extract, mix it well and bring it to a boil on medium flame.
  10. Add chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.. Serve hot with rice, pathiri, neer dosa etc…

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