Friday, May 18, 2012

Saucy Crab

Today i got huge crabs which is my all time favourite seafood.I wanted to prepare something unusual dish without coconut and less spicy.Then i remember one dish my mom always used to make with other seafood For example :prawns ,clams or any other shell fish but she never prepared it with crabs so thought of trying that dish of her with my  crabs.
    My amma (mother) is a fantastic cook,coming from a small fishing village in the state of God's own country 'Kerala',She made a excellent dishes with seafood in which she is a master.

This recipe is very simple and less spicy compared to my earlier post  of  Kurla alley piyava Gashi/konkani style crab curry.

Onion-4( chopped finely)
Tomato-1( chopped finely)
Ginger paste-2tsp
Garlic paste-2tsp
Green chilly-4-5 slit
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Tamarind pulp-1tsp
Cooking oil-1tbsp
Salt to taste

How to clean the crab:-
  • Place the crab on the flat surface ,belly side up.
  • Now you will see triangular -shaped belly flap,just pull that off  by holding the belly part tightly with your left hand and with your right hand  thumb try to pull off the shell like how you open the tiffin box and shell comes out easily.
  • Now with a creaser cut off the ends of the legs and separate the claws from the crab.
  • Now pull off the spongy gills and small paddles which is over the belly of crab.
  • Now wash it under the water and cut into half from the centre of the belly to two pieces and keep aside.

  • Heat up your pan and add cooking oil.
  • Stir fry the onions until they are light pink.
  • Now add tomatoes and red chilly powder, keep stirring until tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  • Now add Ginger and garlic paste and saute till you get nice aroma.
  • Its time to add  some green chillies and turmeric and give a nice stir.
  • When all the spices are done now its time to add pieces of crab along with tamarind paste and salt.
  • Now add a cup of water,cover and cook on a low flame for 10 mins or till you get nice thick saucy crabs.
Serve hot with plain rice


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