How to make Srilankan Mud Crab Curry -SK Khazana -

Mud crabs cooked in a typical Srilankan gravy with moringa leaves

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Crabs (केकड़े), Cumin seeds (जीरा)

Cuisine : Sri Lankan

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Srilankan Mud Crab Curry -SK Khazana

Srilankan Mud Crab Curry -SK Khazana Recipe Card


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Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Srilankan Mud Crab Curry -SK Khazana Recipe

  • Crabs cleaned 4 medium

  • Cumin seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Black peppercorns 12-15 cup

  • Fresh coconut scraped 1 tablespoon

  • Oil 3 teaspoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1

  • Green chillies chopped 2-3

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Onion 3 medium

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder sliced 1 tablespoon

  • Curry powder 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Coconut milk 3/4 cup

  • Tamarind pulp 1/2 tablespoon

  • Moringa leaves 3/4 cup + for garnish cup

  • Lemon 1/2


Step 1

Heat a non-stick pan, add cumin seeds and black peppercorns and dry roast for 1 minute or till fragrant. Add coconut, mix and sauté till golden brown.

Step 2

Transfer the mixture into a blender jar, add a little water and blend to a smooth paste.

Step 3

Heat oil in a deep earthen pot, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add fennel seeds, green chillies, curry leaves and onions, mix and sauté till golden brown.

Step 4

Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and curry powder, mix well and saute on medium heat for 1 minute.

Step 5

Add the coconut paste, mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add ½ cup water, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6

Add crabs and salt and mix well. Add 3 cups water and mix well. Let the mixture come to a boil, cover and cook till the crabs are cooked completely.

Step 7

Add coconut milk and mix well. Add tamarind pulp, mix well and ook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 8

Add moringa leaves, squeeze the juice of ½ lemon and mix well. Take the pan off the heat.

Step 9

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with moringa leaves and serve hot.

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