Njandu Masala CurryCrab/njandu Masala is a peppery spicy seafood delicacy with the flavors of roasted garam masala and coconut. It is delicious curry and can be served with rice or with tapioca. This is my mother-in laws recipe. She made this dish when we visited her last time. Earlier I shared a recipe of crab in roasted coconut gravy and kudam puli.This recipe is little different from the earlier version.Thanks ammachi for this recipe.
Crab- 2 lb
Shallots-1 cup (minced of crushed)
Tomatoes finely chopped- 1 large
Ginger- 2 inch thick
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coconut grated- 1 1/2 cup
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Coconut pieces- thin slices- a few
Salt to Taste
Clean Crab,remove the shells and cut off the legs.
Note 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.
In a pan add one tsp of oil and roast coconut and fennel seeds till it changes color to brown. When it cools down make a fine paste.
Cook crab with turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt ( be careful with salt ,add only little salt first and adjust according to taste). Crab will also shed its own water.
Using a mortar and pestle crush onion, shallot, ginger, garlic, green chilly and curry leaves . Keep this aside
Heat oil add mustard seeds. When it splutters add coconut slices and curry leaves. When the coconut slices turn golden brown add the onion mixture and saute for four to five minutes or till golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes,turmeric, chilly powder and garam masala and the cooked crab along with its juice. Mix well and close the lid for a minute or two. Mix in the ground roasted coconut paste and simmer for two more minutes.Drizzle a few drops of coconut oil and fresh curry leaves. Serve warm with rice.
Hope you will all enjoy!