Nandu Masala / Crab Masala

This is my first entry for crab items. Seriouly ,am the biggest fan for sea foods and my H is a picky eater ,without a doubt, he doesn't eat crab at all. But that doesn't stop me from eating sea foods and  he agrees with that.. I had to call my mom again to get this recipe.. Ofcourse I make this often ,still , I feel confident when I cross check with my mom every time. This is totally my mom's recipe and as always it turned out yum..U know what ? Just made an hour ago and can't wait to share with u all....

Ingredients :

Crab -- 1 pound
Oil -- 3 tbsp
Red chilli powder -- 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder -- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder -- a pinch
Salt -- to taste

For seasoning :

Onion -- finely chopped -- 1/2 cup
Curry leaves -- 1 sprig
Fennel seeds / Sombu -- 1/2 tsp

To grind :

Shallot -- 1 no.
Pepper -- 3/4  tsp
Cumin seeds -- 1 tsp
Shredded coconut -- 1 /4 to 1/2 (acc to taste)
Fennel seeds -- 1/2 tsp
Ginger -- 1/2 inch piece
Garlic -- 4 pods
Tomato -- 2 nos.

Method :

Clean the crab and break into equal half and place in a plate. Grind the ingredients given above to a fine paste and keep aside. Now take a wide pan and add the oil. Throw in the fennel seeds when the oil is hot and fry. Add the onions and the curry leaves and saute for a minute. Now pour the ground coconut paste and add the turmeric powder,salt ,red chilli powder and the coriander powder.  Saute the masala till the raw smell goes. Finally throw in the crab and sprinkle little bit of water and combine well with the masala. Cover and continue to cook for 5 to 8 minutes . Don forget to stir in between. Switch off once the oil starts leaving the sides and the masla doesn't stick the bottom ..Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Happy eating guys !!!


  1. My it always.....lovely

  2. Aachacho u make me crave for this nandu masala! wowwwww my favorite..ship started sailing in my mouth.
    Wait till my papa come out ...he will come and sit in u r home for sure

  3. This is super yummy, Love crab..your pics makes me hungry.

  4. @ Sheena ,

    Sheena dear , u and ur paapa are always welcome anytime..

  5. I want some right now :)
    Long time I have had crab.. My DH is a hard core veggie and I would so want to visit you for the crab :D. Great going..

  6. Omg, finger-licking crab masala..Sooo delicious and inviting!

  7. delicious crab curry we make similar

  8. Shanavi, this recipe is very similar to the crab masala my mm makes and i know how great it tastes..Awesome job girl...

  9. Hi Shanavi

    Crab masala looks to be a very delicious and inviting dish.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. i love crab... too bad my hubby hates seafood.. please send me some :P

  11. very yummy looking crab roast..........

  12. OOh your H doesn't kno what he is missing.. awesome recipe..

  13. wow!!!tempting and mouthwatering crab masala....perfect with rice!

  14. Even my H is exactly like urs especially he hates crab, as u told its never stop me to enjoy this seafood..My fav masala,mouthwatering here..

  15. i just made this yeat...if saw ur post wud surely have tried it out this way...greta recipe

  16. Awesome recipe,i can never cook crab.Once i failed miserably and stopped cooking crab....

  17. Slurrp....mouthwatering recipe!!

  18. WWWWOOOOWWWW.... u are on a mission to seduced us with your wonderful recipe and u get to eat it.....!!! ippadi ellam aasaikaata koodathu... anyway this crab dish is just superb...

  19. First time here. nice blog with good collections :)




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