Thursday, October 9, 2014

Crab Curry / നല്ല കേരള സ്പെഷ്യൽ ഞണ്ട് കറി


5 large crabs

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 to 2 tablespoons Chilli  powder

1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala or Meat masala

1 teaspoon salt (to taste)

1 tablespoon raw rice/ Corn flour(thicen gravy)

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

3 tablespoons shredded coconut

5 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons oil

1 onion, chopped

1 sprig curry leaves

1 tomato, chopped

1 cup (250 ml) water

1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk

2 tablespoons tamarind fruit, soaked in 1/4 cup (65 ml) water

Method of preparation

1. Wash the crabs thoroughly and remove the gills. Using a large knife, split them down the middle, cracking the legs so gravy can penetrate.

2. Toss the crabs with turmeric powder, chilly  powder, garam masala, and salt. Set aside.

3. Roast the rice, peppercorns, and cumin seeds together. Remove and set aside.

4. Roast the coconut until brown, then grind with the roasted spices, garlic and set aside.

5. Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Sauté onions, curry leaves and tomato.

6. Add crabs and 1/2 cup of the water. Cover and steam over high heat for 15 minutes.

7. Combine rice mixture with the remaining water and coconut milk and add to pot. Stir
and simmer for 10 minutes.

8. Strain seeds from soaked tamarind and add liquid to pot. Simmer an additional 5 minutes so the gravy is dark and rich. 

9. Serve with rice / Bread.

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