Friday, November 18, 2011

Crab Chettinad Masala

Reposting Recipe for ongoing events....Pls .find the event details below

crab chettinad

Whenever I have prepared a chettinad curry before , I have tried with either chicken or egg.  As my hubby was insisting on preparing  a chettinad  curry for quite some time and I also had my last batch of crabs in my freezer, so I thought of  trying chettinad crab masala instead.  I was also inspired by Harika's Chicken chettinad masala she posted some time back in her blog . I have used the same spices as I use for my Chicken chettinad masala . I have kept the gravy medium spicy so that my daughter can also try it. Both my hubby and my daughter loved the crab masala  so much, my hubby has  insisted on making it with crab again :-) 

Those who are new to the term  Chettinad, it is a region of the Sivaganga district of southern Tamil Nadu state, India . Chettinad is well known for its Chettinad cuisine, Mansions, and Temples.

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4 to 5 

Ingredients :
  • 1 lb. Blue Crab (comes to almost 4 medium sized crabs)
  • 1 cup yellow onion , chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder ( adjust heat according to your taste)
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

crab chettinad masala

Ingredients  to grind :
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 4 to 5 whole black pepper
  • 1, 1" cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 -12 fenugreek seeds
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut

Preparation :
  • Wash and cut the crabs thoroughly. I have used the flesh part with shell ( discarding the hard outer shell), legs and the claws in this recipe. Marinade crabs with salt, turmeric powder and 1/2  tbsp red chili powder , keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • In the mean time, dry roast the ingredients for grinding as mentioned above till you get a nice aroma.  You need to dry roast the coconut separately to a golden brown color. 
  • Add all the roasted spices in a blender with 3 to 4 tbsp of water and blend well to a fine paste.
  • Next in a wide bottomed non stick skillet, heat 2 tbsp oil, add the curry leaves, ginger garlic paste with onions and sautee till the onions turn a light golden brown color.
  • Next add the chopped  tomatoes and cook till they turn soft , then add the spice paste, with 1/2 tbsp red chili powder, fry well for a minute or so by constantly stirring untill the spices leave oil and you get a nice aroma .
  • Add the crab pieces , mix well with the spices and let fry for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Lastly add a cup of water  and let cook on medium low heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until the crab is fully cooked. Add 2 tbsp of lemon juice at the end. I have kept a dry gravy, you can add water according to your desired gravy consistency.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander, serve hot with Rice or Paratha.

spicy crab chettinad

Reposting this recipe for Food of the month contest hosted by Food Corner


also sending for the event Christmas Delicacy hosted by Julie of Erivum Puliyumm


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  1. Tempting tempting tempting......It looks very yummy and nice

  2. whenever I see crab...I miss it a lot....And i feel thi stype of curry goes best with the blue crab and not with alaskan king crab! that y I dont make it much!...But when ever my mom is here I ask her to make! :)) too tempting!

  3. Very spicy and delicious recipe...

  4. wow crabs! How I miss them! Yours looks so mouthwatering.

  5. Very tempting and doesnt sound too hard either! Will try it out :)

  6. hey, i shd say i like ur blog name..
    yummy crab curry ! i love crab.. thanks for the recipe..
    thanks for visiting my space.. nice following ur blog..

    do visit me often :)

  7. love this dish crab is the best seafood to me... this is a great presentation of it~

  8. it´s a very original recipe, i like the look of this dish.
    i appreciate all of your coments in my blog, i not have time to visit my friends blogs.
    kisses from Portugal.

  9. Ohh my god..I love crabs...and your curry looks so tempting and delicious...!!..awesome clicks too..:)

  10. I've only ever had crab once before because I'm kind of afraid of shellfish but I'm certainly drooling over this :) Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh wow wow..Sonali, That looks so YUM YUM

  12. spicy yummy n mouthwatering recipe

  13. Slurp, mouthwatering here,crab curry seriously tempts me a lot..

  14. What a great looking curry dear!
    US Masala

  15. Now fish is not my thing but crab.......yummy and thats a great looking recipe.

  16. I have used the canned crab meat but never made real crabs at home....Your dish looks so divine, spicy and tasty, it makes me want to try this at home.

  17. this looks so great,

    and as for your question about fish lasagna, im sure you can, and im 100% positive that you will MAKE it possible :)

    i loveee your fish recipes !

  18. Seriously I am drooling,perfect and spicy crab masala.

  19. Delicious crab curry. I love chettinad spice blend it is always unique and tasty.

  20. wow so spicy and very delicious crab masala !!

  21. This looks amazing!! Thanks for stopping by and your sweet words. I am loving your blog. Now following you.

  22. Wow! that's a lip smacking way to prepare crab. Nice pictures. Love chettinad masala , grown up eating it always:) Keep rocking dear!

  23. you got me drooling .. I LOVE CRAB .. and i only eat them in the restaurant .. never ever made those at home NOW i have a recipe :)

  24. I've never made crab at home, this surely looks delicious and easy recipe to try my hands on...mmm..thanks for sharing, Sonali!

  25. Wow!...yummmyyyy.
    I love crab..this one looks so spicy and nice.I have eaten crab only in a restaurant..never given it a try at home...I think I will mark this one.

  26. Wow! This curry looks extremely spicy!

  27. Great recipe and looks so yummy! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in my blog. Will be here often to check your yummy post...

  28. Would you believe I have never tasted crab?

  29. Sonali,

    Thanks for posting this. I too like Chettinad cuisine coz I'm a spice freak. Like your idea of cooking crabs teh Chettinad way. Must give it a try sometime.

    Thanks and regards,

  30. I love crabs... My mom makes this and I just love it anytime... Urs is making me drool dear...

  31. Dear Sonali
    How are you? Being a Bong, I have been following your blog except that I cd not put a word of appreciation, so far.
    You have an wonderful space and I am learning a lot more recipes from you.
    Thanks for your appreciation at my blog using Bombay duck fish. This particular recipe is traditional one used only for this fish, without any spices. ( only garlic onion and red chili turmeric. )The fish melts while cooking.
    Of course I make this using other fish, which can be eaten with rice, paratha but mainly used for chops and cutlets. Different type of spice is added for diff taste.
    You can try other fish using raw or roasted garam masla powder, roasted jeera, roasted cinnamon and clove powder etc etc ..I am sure you will decide on the spicing.
    The Bombay duck recipe gives the light flavour and pretty hot too. If you want to try this recipe, use a very soft oily fish and let me know.
    Have a nice day

  32. Crab meat is my absolute favourite. Your recipe sounds fabulous.
    :-) Mandy

  33. Wow! it looks amazing.. Feel like having it right away..

  34. Wow, looks so mouth-watering delicious! I'm tempted to buy some crabs and try this out! Thank you for sharing!

  35. yummy and delicious south indian flavour :)

  36. I never wwoould have thought of preparing crab this way; very original and looks tasty. Thank you for your visit.

  37. Mouthwatering .... looks spicy and delicious!

  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I am always looking for ways to make new fish recipes. I've followed your blog too. Again thanks. Great site.

  39. Wow! Looks fantastic! I have shared few awards with you. Please accept these :)

  40. Please stop making my stomach growl with this spicy crab recipe of yours, cannot take it.

  41. wow !!! crab.. It's been ages since I had crab. You are tempting me a lot.

  42. This looks and sounds amazing. I need to build my spices back up as it's been a long time since I've done true Indian dishes. A dear friend from New Delhi taught me many dishes years ago and I still have a grinder set aside for putting the spices and herbs together.


  43. thanks a ton to all of you for your wonderful wonderful comments !

  44. its been ages i have had crab mouthwatering!

  45. Hi there.. I made this today for my Husband... and its awesome !!!! I live i Florida and we dont really get fresh crabs so i made it with crab leg sticks and they were yummy .. thank you ... and I will make sure i follow your blog.. all your recipes are so tempting.. will be trying alot as we are from Goa and we loveeee fish !!!!

    do visit my blog if you like baking !!!

  46. Wow... Its look so delicious. jerk fish is my favorite dish, I like your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  47. looks tempting...i will surely try it. Reminds me of a 'paneer chettinad' recipe that I posted that caught a lot of attention.

    do check my blog when time permits. I'm following you


  48. yum yum...crab is my fav of all and fish too....awesome space just for seafood...mind blowing recipes...

    happy to follow you...
    chk out my space too:

  49. So good! I can't really do crab myself but I bet you could easily substitute some fish :)

  50. Very delicious n tempting masala..
    Thanx for linking it to my event
    Ongoing Event- Christmas Delicacy(15Nov-31Dec 2011)

  51. Crab is my recently discovered love, your recipe is next on my list to do, looks very tempting.

  52. i am literally drooling seeing the crab masala..yummm

  53. I loved all the recipes. Being a Goan I love fish.
    Do visit my blog

    FOllowing you :)

  54. seriously drooling here...curry looks really spicy and delicious..

  55. The other day my hubby wanted something different, i found this recipe and tried it out (i reduced the chilli quantities) and it turned out fantastic, he loved it and perhaps I would invite my friends over to have this.

  56. Looks real yumm!!!!!!!!
    very tempting!!!

  57. Thanks Princess ...glad that ur hubby liked it :-)do let me know if u try out my other recipes :-)

    thanks to all of u for your lovely comments !

  58. Oh I absolutely love your crab chettinad!Never made crab at home, but this looks so delicious, have to try it for sure!Thanks for visiting my blog, love yours as well :)

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