Wednesday 27 February 2013

Chettinad Crab Masala / Chettinad Nandu Masala

Crab is a tastiest sea food, high in protein and rich in omega - 3 fatty acids.  Here is a spicy treat for crab lovers from the popular chettinad cuisine!


Crab - ½ kg 
Onion - 2 (Finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 2 tsp
pepper powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - ½ tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil – 1 to 2 tbsp
Red chillies – 1 or 2
Fennel seeds - ½ tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs

To Grind:
Coconut - 3 tbsp
Saunf (Fennel Seeds) - 1 tsp


Clean the crabs and keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai; add all the ingredients under “To Temper”.

After it crackles, add the onions.  Saute till the colour changes; then add ginger garlic paste, tomato and salt. Saute till tomato becomes soft. 

Now add the spice powders and keep frying till the raw smell goes.

Then add crabs and mix till the masala coats well.

Close the pan with lid and allow to cook (no need to add water as crab leaves enough water to cook. If you find it dry add ½ - 1 cup of water).

Add the coconut paste to the masala while it is boiling and close the pan with lid  allow to cook till the oil floats and the mixture becomes thick in consistency.

open the lid and stir it high flame for a minute. Switch off the gas,

Garnish with coriander leaves and Serve hot.

You may adjust the water quantity and spice level to suit your taste.


  1. Poorni how I wish being ur neighbor ....... Sigh.................

  2. Crab Masala looks delicious...Thanks for visiting my blog....Glad to follow u back...

  3. Yummy crab curry..i luv this.

  4. Poornima.. the recipe is great.. Though I am scared to touch crab my husband loves it./.. I shall give this recipe to my hubby.. he will love it

  5. Delicious crab masala.. Looks very inviting!

  6. Hi, look nice, you used black pepper powder or white...Thank you, wanna try this

  7. Hi padma,thank you for visiting my space. I used black pepper powder. Try and let me know.

  8. Thanks for your kind reply, gonna try it and will let you know dearie....wishes from Malaysia

  9. Hi, i tried this yesterday, And it turned out really well, thanks for your superb recipe....

  10. Thank you Patma Manogaran for trying my recipe and glad that you liked it. Special thanks for your feedback.

  11. In this crab masala add 1 table spoon date sirup also. Little sweety with more spicy.what a wonder tastey

  12. In this crab masala add 1 table spoon date sirup also. Little sweety with more spicy.what a wonder tastey

  13. Great taste. Had a hearty lunch. Thanks


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