Sunday 8 September 2013

Crab Curry / Nandu Kulambu / South Indian Crab Curry

This is a native style spicy gravy from Tamilnadu  (my mother's style!) that goes well with rice, idli / dosa; easy to make and rich in flavour! 

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Crab - 4
Onion - 1 (medium)
Tomato - 1 (big)
Garlic - 4 Cloves (finely chopped)
Tamarind - 1 big gooseberry size
Red chilli powder- 2 ½ tsp
Corriander powder - 4 tsp
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp

To Grind:
Coconut -½ cup
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Pepper - ½  to 1 tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp
Fennel seeds - ¾ tsp
Fenugreek seeds - ½ tsp
Curry leaves - 10 to 15 leaves


Clean the crabs and keep aside. Grind coconut and fennel seeds  with little water to fine paste. Keep aside.

Soak the tamarind in a cup of water.

Take a wide kadai; add oil and season with fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves.

Once it splutters, fry chopped onion and garlic followed by dry spice powders and fry for few minutes; then add tomato and salt.  If you feel it is sticking to the pan, add little water.

Add crabs when tomato starts melting and mix till masala coats well and the colour changes to slight pink.

Add the tamarind extract and coconut paste with water (adjust according to the required consistency). 

Stir well; close the lid and allow to boil for 5 to 7 minutes. 

Simmer for another 10 minutes till the oil floats and the mixture becomes thick in consistency.

Then add few curry leaves before removing from stove and close the lid to enhance the taste.

Allow it to rest for some time.  Serve hot with steamed white rice, idli or dosa.

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  1. Ahh, that makes me drool.. Yummy & spicy looking gravy :) Apt for a Sunday lunch !!

  2. Seriously its been a age i had crab curry,fingerlicking dish..

  3. Perfect and finger licking crab curry, love it, love it, love it...

  4. really I am drooling here... Loved it...

  5. Looks good am cooking this recipe and will come back and give you how I enjoyed your recipe.

  6. Happy i found a site with true and simple recipes.

  7. Just tried ur crab kuruma today, came out really well, my hubby and father in law liked it so much..... Thanks for the receipe 👍


  8. Thank you poornima for tried my recipe and I am happy that your family members liked it!

  9. Hi. This was the first time i tried crab kulambu from ur site, it was excellent and yummy. my hubby loved it. Thank u mam.

  10. Awesome recipe 😂😂 I just tried it out. Its yummy. Thanks for sharing the it Poornima

  11. Awesome recipe 😂😂 I just tried it out. Its yummy. Thanks for sharing the it Poornima

  12. Awesome dish I just prepared it.the crab curry turned out excellent and yummy. Thanks for sharing Poornima


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