Thursday, January 22, 2009

Spicy Crab Masala (Nadan Njandu Masala)..and a tip that your heart will love..!!

I have made a crab post before..This is more or less the same..just threw in a few more ingredients and sauteed' n it was more tastier than ever.This dish is my special,as I made it from my own mere gut feeling,and this one is what Kutts like the most out of all my dishes.So hot n spicy n yummy..Really a feast for the taste buds,provided you have those quality juicy crabs in hand.Crab is a high cholesterol food.So we have it once in a while only...

I know most of the non veg lot out there are biased ,when it comes to crab.Mainly may be because the figure is scary,or some find it a pain to cut n clean the crab.But trust me,Its "the" tastiest sea food.I use snow crabs and sometimes king crabs.We get it here in big boxes,with only legs inside.That will be slitted for easy dig out of meat.So its never a problem to clean it.Still I miss the main portion,that we get back at home.I use half of them like that,and dig out the stuff from rest of it..

Talking about the nutritional facts of Crab,the good points are,Its very low in saturated fat and absolutely no sugar.Is very high Magnesium,Phosphorous,Pottasium,Vitamin b12 and Zinc.So its good for Pregnant ladies.The bad news is its high in sodium n Cholestrol.But indulging once in a month will do no harm.Plus thats why we are adding Pepper powder and Cayenne pepper.See how Cayenne Pepper helps to reduce cholestrol.Also pepper powder increased blood flow and destroys the clot inside blood vessels.

PS : I was in a couldn't get a decent pic.This is a view right from the kadai..A natural shot..:D.Excuse me..:P


1 lbs Crab

1 cup Sliced Onions

1/2 cup Chopped Tomatoes

1 inch cinnamon,2 cloves,2 cardamoms,2 Star Anise

1 Tbsp chopped Ginger

1 Tbsp chopped Garlic

1-1.5 tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp Coriander Powder

1 tsp Pepper Powder

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper Powder

1/2 tsp turmeric Powder

1/2- 1 tsp Garam Masala( Cardamom+cloves+cinnamon+Star anise+Fennel seeds)

1/4 cup Fresh Grated Coconut

1 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

8-10 Shallots sliced



Curry Leaves


Cook the crabs in little water ,with Turmeric powder,half of the chopped ginger n garlic,some curry leaves n salt.

When the crabs are cooked half and before the juice in the pan gets dry ,remove it from heat.

Mean while,in a wide n deep bottomed pan/kadai, Pour some EVOO(that'll again help protect heart from cholesterol) and smear it with curry leaves.

When its fragrant ,add the whole spices, rest of the ginger n garlic and fry till raw smell goes.

Now add the chopped onions and saute till pink.

Add the tomatoes and saute till mushy.

Make a paste of all the masala powders(use only 1/2 of garam masala) with little water ,and pour into the base.Mix and saute till oil appears.

Throw in the crab,with all the juices in it and mix well.Close and let it cook.

Remove the lid and sprinkle with a tad of sugar and rest of the Garam masala powder.

Meanwhile,In another pan,pour some oil ,splutter mustard n fenugreek seeds n saute curry leaves followed by shallots.

When its supple,add the grated coconut sprinkled with some Garam masala powder and saute till brown.

Throw it into the cooked crab and mix well.Close the pan to lock the flavours..:)

PS:If you are using crab meat only(I used half-half),then be careful while mixing,so as not to strangle it.Anyhow it'll get lil out of shape,but that is ok,as the gravy will be tasty.
The dish tastes best when it is set,after few hours of cooking or next day..:)

Tastes awesome with some hot white rice and curd..Getting the crunchy bite of fried coconut n shallots with juicy n spicy gravy is the best part of the dish.Go ahead n do give it a try,but alert!..we are throwing in a lot of spices.So be careful n adjust according to your level..:)

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15 Luv'ly people shared their views..:

Cham said...

It has been 2 years I tasted crab, I eat only if I go India ... My husb is scared of this creature :) My absolu favo the masala looks fiery and delish!

Anonymous said...

As a teenager,crab masala were my special at home..As such,am trying to avoid prawns and crab for the past 7 yrs..can guess..
the natural shot is wonderful..looks yummy dear.(btw,I loved the way you mentioned evoo,cayenne pepper etc..)

Shama Nagarajan said...


Poonam said...

Crab is my daughter's favourite...the masala looks awsome....

Navita said...

m amazed at ppl who cook crab...its so in the cleaning..n oh so scary lookin..

the dish looks spicy n great..naturally!

Sunanda said...

First time visiting your blog... its an awesome blog and your crab preparation is too good.

SriLekha said...

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Priya said...

I love crab masala, but my husband hate this, i do rarely crab, this crab masala looks delicious.. mouthwatering..

mathew said...

seriously this pic got me looks perfectly spicy for me!!! sadly I dont get crab here..though am a cancerian!!

Viki Xavier. said...

Delicious recipe and great tips about pepper. awesome..

Yasmeen said...

Never cooked crab,your spicy masala crabs tempts me to try'em:)

Anonymous said...

Gr8 recipe varsha,my son love to eat crab,so,i always take him to restaurant for that..This time i tried at my home and it was fantastic..


Varsha Vipins said...

Cham..Oh its such a long time to stay away from a delish like this..

Ann,Once in a while indulgence is ok na..Why dont you grab a plate ??:)

Thanks Shama..:)

Thanks Poonam..:)

Navita..try buying the cleaned leg packs like I do..:)

Thanks a lot Sunanda for dropping by..:)

Thanks Priya n SriLekha..:)

Thanks for the comment Mathew..:)Thats sad that you dont get crab there..

Thanks Viki..:)

Yasmeen,DO give a try dear..its awesome.:)

Kalpana..Am sooo glad dear that you n son liked it..:)Y dont u post with ur name and link instead of anonymous?..:)

Sig said...

Looks really delicious, you've become a crab expert, Varsha! :)

Superchef said... from seattle too..did i read it correctly in ur profile about "naalukettu"..u r referring to the one by MT rt? i have the english translated one with me..not yet read it though! :)

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