Crab / Njandu Perattu


1 kg crabs
3 medium onions, chopped
2-3 green chillies, chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 1/2 – 3 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
gooseberry sized tamarind
1 tomato, sliced
3/4-1 tbsp pepper powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 sprig curry leaves
4-5 pepper corns
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
3 cloves
salt to taste
3 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Cut the crabs into pieces, clean it and keep it aside.
  2. Soak tamarind in little water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large pan / kadai and add pepper corns, fennel seeds and cloves.
  4. Add chopped onions and green chillies and saute well.
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. Add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder and coriander powder and saute till the raw smell goes.
  7. Add sliced tomato and saute well till soft.
  8. Add tamarind water and 1/4 cup of water into this, mix well and cook well till the gravy thickens.
  9. Then add cleaned crabs and salt , mix well and cook covered for 4-5 minutes at medium flame.
  10. Now add pepper powder and garam masala and mix well and cook covered till done.
  11. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil and curry leaves and mix well till the masala is well coated with crab pieces.
  12. Switch off the flame and serve hot…

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