Chettinad Crab Masala


1 kg crabs, cleaned
1 tbsp pepper corns
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
3 sprig curry leaves
2 green chillies
1 cup shallots
1 tsp crushed ginger
2 tsp crushed garlic
2 onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 cup grated coconut
5-7 cashew nuts
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil


  1. Cut the crabs into pieces, clean it and keep it aside.
  2. Crush together pepper corns, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, 2 sprig curry leaves and green chillies. Then add shallots and crush again together. Keep it aside.
  3. Grind grated coconut with cashew nuts and 1/2 cup of water and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a manchatti / pan and add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  5. Add crushed ginger, garlic and 1 sprig curry leaves and saute well.
  6. Add chopped onions and salt and saute well.
  7. Then add crushed mixture and saute well for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add chopped tomato and saute well till soft.
  9. Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala and mix well.
  10. Add 1 cup of water, mix well and when it boils, add the ground coconut paste and cleaned crabs.
  11. Adjust the salt and cook for 15-20 minutes till the crabs are cooked well and the masala is well coated with crab pieces.
  12. Switch off the flame and serve hot…


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