Spicy Crab Masala

Everyone has their own twist to nandu masala 2 of my very close friends pradeep from Australia who is originally from pollachi and shilaja sukumar from Dubai who is from madurai sent me their traditional recipes i combined both the recipes and this is my take on the authentic recipe nandu masala at its best...served with dosa, idlly or roti...:)
  • 1/2 Kilo Crab (cleaned)
  • 1 Large Onion chopped
  • 1 Large Tomato chopped
  • 2 Sprigs Curry leafs
  • 1 Tbsp Chilly powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/2 Lime
  • Coriander to garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Oil 
Special Spice Mix:
  • 1 Tsp Cumin 
  • 1 Tsp Fenugreek
  • 2 Tbsp Pepper powder
Dry roast all the above coarsely grind the spices.

Coconut Paste:
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Tsp Khus Khus
Heat a fry pan with a tbsp oil fry the coconut fennel and poppy seeds to light golden colour add little water grind to a smooth paste.

Please look into the recipe demo and follow the steps as shown on the video and blog...happy cooking...:)
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok add the ginger and garlic paste fry a bit till raw flavour has gone.
  • Add the onion and curry leafs fry the onion till light pink in colour add the tomatoes and fry till tomato reduces a bit.
  • Add the chilly powder, turmeric and coriander and fry a bit.
  • Add the crabs and toss the masala over the crabs place a cover for 2 minutes.
  • Add the special spice powder and toss the crab a bit add water and salt place a cover allow the crab to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Once the crab has cooked for 5 minutes add the coconut paste and little bit extra water stir and combine the masala cover and allow the coconut flavour to reduce a bit.
  • Once the coconut flavour has reduce a bit add lime juice and garnish with fresh coriander serve hot with rice or roti...Enjoy...:)


  1. Oohh I love crab and always on the lookout for some recipes to make diff preparations. This is one delicious recipe!

  2. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

  3. Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,super tempting crab masala.

  4. wow.. superb..loved the clicks & the recipe..
    First time here and happy to follow..

    - Sarika

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    1. Thanks for visiting and following...stay tuned for more recipes...happy cooking...♥

  6. What a nice comfort food . Looks so delicious! Best Recipe Cookbook are also include such kind of Recipes .

  7. Hi all,
    Nice information. Thanks to sharing this.
    spices of madurai



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