Thursday, June 14, 2012

Njandu/Crab Varutharacha Curry

Njandu/Crab Varutharacha Curry

A typical Kerala style seafood delicacy with great aroma and taste. Its crab cooked in roasted coconut gravy which  is spicy and tangy.I have a crab masala recipe which is a dry version. This recipe was in draft for quiet some time and I almost forgot about it. Crab is a once in a while food,I love it but crab cleaning is a gruesome business. Back at home it is a seasonal food and grandmother was a expert in deciding when to buy and what sort of crab to buy,etc etc..So for today's recipe there is a little preparation before you cook the dish and that is making the roasted ground paste. It is delicious curry and can be served with rice or with tapioca.


Crab - 8 medium
(clean and then cut length wise into half)
Onion- 1 medium finely chopped
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic- 3-4 pods
Green chilly - 2
(Make all the three into a fine paste)
Kudampuli/Malabar tamarind- 3 pieces
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

For the ground paste
Coconut grated - 1 1/2 cup
Shallots- 6-8 chopped
Fenugreek seeds- 1/3 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/3 tsp
Ginger sliced- 2 inch thick
Garlic pods- 5-6 pods
Curry leaves a few
Chilly powder- 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder-1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Coarsely grounded pepper- 3/4 tsp

Making the paste
Heat oil in a pan and add fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds. Roast for a minute and then add coconut,sliced ginger,sliced shallots,whole garlic,curry leaves and saute in medium flame till the coconut turns brown. Add chilly powder,turmeric powder,pepper powder and coriander powder and slightly roast till the raw flavor disappears. Allow this to cool and grind into a fine paste.

To clean the crab
 In the back side of the crab,you will find a flap. Using a knife pull open the flap, Grabbing to the flap push open with the help of the knife and lift off the top shell. Remove the yellow layer the gills that you find under the shell.Break off the smaller swimming legs. Nicely wash the top membrane clean and slit lengthwise through the center.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when they splutter add curry leaves and chopped onion. Saute till it turns golden brown and add ginger garlic and green chilly paste. Saute till the raw flavor disappears. Add pepper powder and turmeric and saute. Add the cleaned crab and kudampuli(or use tamarind) and sprinkle a little water. It will shed its own water and cook.Cover and cook for about four to five minutes.Now add the ground paste and simmer for another three minute or till the gravy thickens. Add a few fresh curry leaves and switch off the flame.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Slurrp ..slurrp.. I want to eat it now..
    Never made it at home..will try with your recipe.

  2. I should not let my hubby see this. he loves this like anything and I seldom make this. you just nailed the recipe.

  3. Simply Yummy looking crab curry. Take a bow Suja.

  4. I love crab, too, though it's definitely a once in a while thing. This looks so good!

  5. I love crab, too, though it's definitely a once and awhile thing. This looks so good!

  6. Awesome ,delectable & delicious curry..Loved it,Suja:-)

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  7. WoW!! I always looked out for good crab curry recipe....Bookmarked this one.....mouth watering pic by the way!!

  8. Delicious crab curry Suja, Adipoli.

  9. Looks so fresh,delicious nandu curry.

  10. pic shows how much tasty the dish.wonderful....

  11. This looks like the curry made at my home. Lovely.

  12. Super ketto...Vaayayil vellam vannu...

  13. Yummy, this is one of my fav dish Suja. Very well made, Can feel the aroma and taste :-)

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  14. Had crab only once or twice. Your version looks so good Suja. Got to try it !!

  15. Looks gorgeous and yummy!!

  16. Truly yummy and delicious.It's been long I had exotic crabs..You made me remember as always..!

  17. wow........awesome n tempting...hungry now:)

  18. Our family fav..kanditte vayil kappalodikkan vellam.........yummmmmmmmm

  19. hi suja, this is perfect. iave been looking at crab curry recipes, but none. yours look so delicious. bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

  20. Craving this for my sunday lunch! yumm..

  21. This looks super yummy! I love the way you make your recipes!!

  22. You made me drool early in the morning :) Super tempting!

  23. delicious crab curry we add roasted uncooked rice to the grinding mixture

  24. My fav one as a child,looks delicious.


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