Monday, March 7, 2011

Crab Fry

crab fry

Today's recipe is an authentic Kerala cuisine which I got from my mom-in-law's cookbook . Though it's not the first time I'm cooking crabs , but surely the first time I have dealt with live crabs. I had a very good experience today. Dealing with live crabs might look a little difficult for beginners , so I have included some steps for de-shelling crabs.

Preparation time : 30- 40  minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Serves : 5


Ingredients :
  • 1 lb. crab ( I have used blue crab , you can use any crab of your choice)
  • 2 green chilies , slit lengthwise
  • 1" piece of ginger , minced
  • 5 large shallots, chopped
  • 5 large garlic flakes , minced
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 pc kokam or a marble sized tamarind
  • 4 -5 curry leaves
  • Salt, as reuired
  • 2 tbsp oil 


Preparation :
  • These are my live crabs. First take out its claws very very carefully . If you are a beginner, it's better to use kitchen gloves as a precaution.
preparing crab

  • Then take out the legs.
preparing crab

  • Then remove this part completely from the bottom portion of the crab  as shown in the figure below .Press hard at the very bottom to crack open the shell  .
preparing crab

  • This is how it looks once you de- shell the crab.

preparing crab
  • Remove the hard outer shell completely and use the flesh part. 
preparing crab
  • Cut into half at the point shown in the figure.
preparing crab
  • I have discarded the crab legs , only used the claws and flesh part in this dish.
preparing crab

  • Next in a large pan , add 1/2 cup of water , to it add the crab pieces, green chilies, minced ginger , salt, kokam/tamarind  and cook on a low flame for 5 to 7 minutes or until all the water evaporates .
preparing crab

  •  Do not overcook the crab. Keep aside.
  • In a large non stick skillet, heat 2 tbsp oil,  add the mustard seeds, when it starts to sputter, add chopped shallot and garlic and fry well till you get a nice golden brown color.
  • Next add turmeric powder, red chili flakes and pepper powder, cook for another 2 minutes or so.
  • Lastly add the crab pieces, and vapor cook for another 2 - 3 minutes until all the flavors blend well . 
spicy kerala crab fry

  • Since this dish has a dry consistency, serve hot with rice and dal or any curry of your choice.

TIPS :

  • If you do not want to deal with live crabs , put it in the freezer , according to health dept.rules it is the most humane way to put a crab in the freezer to num it before you cook it, it needs only about half hour to 45 mins.
  • Do not boil fresh crabs in water, you will loose the goodness in them.






I'm sending this to The Kerala Kitchen  this month being hosted by Magpies Recipes

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22 comments:

  1. Good demo for the beginners and love sea fod..

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  2. Hy Sonali,
    Awesome space you have here with interesting fish recipes...glad I hopped here. Hope to visit often..
    Happy to follow u.
    do stop by mine sometime...
    Tasty appetite

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  3. Though allergic to crabs, Still wanna have them, so much inviting!

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  4. Thanks to all of you for liking my recipe !

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  5. I have to get over my fear of making seafood because that looks absolutely yummy. Thanks for those step-by-step instructions :)

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  6. Your dish looks delicious! Thanks for the tutorial, though I'm not sure that I'm daring enough to handle live crabs!

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  7. Must be a treat for crab lovers..a very well explained recipe!!


    US Masala

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  8. I love crab but never tried cooking at home...like the way you have given step by step instructions about cleaning and cooking.I will try it out now.

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  9. Oh baby....that looks veeeeeeeeeery tempting, Love fried crabs, just incredible preparation there:)

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  10. Thanks a ton for your wishes Malar....do try them sometimes and let me know !

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  11. Thanks Shobha....do try them sometime at home ..it's a fab experience...if you need ny help I'm always there !

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  12. Thanks to all of you for your kind words !

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  13. great space ..nd yummy dishes..thnksfr postin on my blog..

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  14. This sounds so delicious! I can't usually find blue crab here...but I sure want to try this!

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  15. Omg, mouthwatering here...delicious crab curry!!

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  16. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments ! sure...do giv it a try and let me know :-)

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  17. HOLY CRAB !
    that looks delicious!

    ahhhhhhh,
    and wow, major kudos to you for having a blog thats completely dedicated to fish/seafood!

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  18. The crab curry looks really good Shonali!Thanks for sending it in to the Kerala Kitchen.
    I wish you could include a step on ensuring the crab is dead before cutting its parts and removing it's shell though. I think that will be much easier on the crab and on the cook!
    You are a brave girl for tackling a live one!

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  19. Hi Magie...thanks for your suggestion...I have included in the recipe how to num crabs before using.

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