Kerala Style Crab Roast - Crab Roast
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Cleaned Whole Crab- 2 or 3
  • Coconut oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole dry red chili- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Garlic, chopped- 2 large cloves
  • Green chili, chopped-1
  • Onion, sliced thin and long - 3, large
  • Tomato, chopped- 1 large
  • Chili powder- ½ tbsp or depending on your spice needs
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder- ½ tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Water- ½ cup
  1. If you are using whole crab, wash it thoroughly under running water.
  2. Put the whole crab in boiling water and cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the water and let the crab cool down.
  4. Twist the legs and pull it off, rinse the legs under running water.
  5. Hold the crab and run the sharp edge of a knife between the two eyes of the crab and pull the shell in the upward direction.
  6. The shell will open up into halves. Discard the outer shell and use only the shell with the meat.
  7. Remove the gills and other mucous stuffs inside the shell, rinse under running water.
  8. Keep aside the cleaned crab.
  9. Place a large pan over medium heat.
  10. Add coconut or vegetable oil, let it turn hot.
  11. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  12. Add dry whole dry red chilies, curry leaves, ginger, garlic and green chili, saute till ginger/garlic turn light golden in color.
  13. Add onions, season with salt, saute till onions turn golden brown in color.
  14. Add tomatoes, cook till tomatoes are mashed up.
  15. Stir fry till onions turn slightly browned.
  16. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, ground black pepper and enough salt, combine well and cook for a minute.
  17. Add the cleaned crab into the pan, combine well into the masala mix.
  18. Add ½ cup water, combine well and cook covered for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  19. Taste and add more salt or ground pepper if needed.
  20. Remove the pan from the heat and keep covered for sometime.
  21. Serve the crab roast along with rice and start enjoying it in a messy way.
Kerala style Crab roast is usually spicy, you could adjust the spice level accordingly.

Cook the onions till they turn golden brown, browned onions will impart nice aroma and taste to the roast.
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