How to make Mangalorean Crab Curry - SK Khazana -

Crabs cooked in a typical Mangalorean coconut masala

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Medium crabs, Fresh coconut (ताज़ा नारियल)

Cuisine : Karnataka

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Mangalorean Crab Curry - SK Khazana

Mangalorean Crab Curry - SK Khazana Recipe Card


Karnataka cuisine comprises of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are full of flavour and taste. It is one of the oldest surviving cuisines and its origins can be traced back to the Iron Age. 
The varieties in Karnataka cuisine have influenced the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. The cuisine also reflects influences from these four neighbouring states on its food habits. 
Being a coastal state, coconut is grown in abundance. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried coconut is put to excellent use in its cuisine.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Mangalorean Crab Curry - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Medium crabs claws separated and cleaned 4

  • Fresh coconut scraped 1 cup

  • Medium onions finely chopped 4

  • Dried red chillies 3-4

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic cloves 5-6

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Black peppercorns 10-12

  • Oil 2-3 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 12-16

  • Salt to taste

  • Tamarind pulp 2 1/2 tablespoons

  • Coconut milk 3/4 cup

  • Fresh coriander sprigs a few for garnish


Step 1

Blend together coconut, half the onions, red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, turmeric powder, fenugreek seeds and peppercorns with sufficient water to a smooth paste.

Step 2

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves and remaining onions and sauté till onions turn golden brown.

Step 3

Add the prepared paste and stir. Add salt, mix well, cover and cook till the oil separates.

Step 4

Add crabs with claws, stir, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or till fully done. Add tamarind pulp and mix well. Add coconut milk, mix well and cook till the mixture comes to a boil.

Step 5

Garnish with coriander sprig and serve hot.

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