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Apr 1, 2016

Crab Masala Recipe - Nandu Varuval Recipe

I have shared a simple crab curry recipe before and this is my second recipe. It is a thick masala kind of dish and taste just fantastic with rice. Since it is crab season i have asked hubby to get me more crab so i can create more recipes for you. If you need any specific recipe using crab just let me know, i will try to share it..And with this post i have shared a video of cleaning crab, make sure you check them as well..

Similar Recipes,
Crab Curry

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 to 35 mins
Serves: 3 to 4


Coconut Oil - 4 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 large chopped finely
Green Chilli - 2 slit
Curry Leaves a handful
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Coriander Powder - 1 tblspn
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves a handful finely chopped

For Cooking Crab:
Crab - 4 medium size cleaned
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup


Take cleaned crab in a sauce pan, add 1/2 cup of water and salt, turmeric powder and mix well. Cover and cook them for 3 mins. Now strain this mix and set aside, reserve the cooking water.

In a kadai, heat oil and crackle in cumin and fennel seeds.

Add in onions, green chilli and curry leaves and saute this till golden brown.

Add in ginger garlic paste and cook that for a min.

Add in tomatoes and cook till mushy.

Add in the spice powders and salt along with little of the cooking water and mix well. Cook that for 5 mins or so.

Now add in the crab and toss well in the masala. Add the remaining water and cook covered for 5 to 6 mins.

Now increase the heat and dry the dish for a min.

Add coriander leaves and mix well.



clean crab and set aside

take it in a sauce pan

add water

add salt and turmeric powder

cover and cook for 3 mins

now the crab is half cooked

strain it

reserve the cooking water
now take your other ingredients

heat oil in a pan

add in cumin seeds and fennel seeds

add onions, curry leaves and green chilli

mix well

cook till golden

add in ginger garlic paste

mix well

add in tomatoes

mix that through

cook for 5 mins or so till it is done

add salt and spice powders

add in some of the cooking water

cook till spice powders are cooked

add crab

toss well

add remaining cooking liquid

mix well

cover and cook for 5 to 6 mins

now it is done

add coriander leaves

toss well



  1. wow, this dish of yours is really making my mouth water. it looks SOOOOO GOOOOD!!! i am definitely going to cook this soon. thank u so much for sharing! :)

  2. I tried your recipe and it tasted so good. Thank you

  3. Nice pictorial representation..the dish looks yummy..its a must try..


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