October 31, 2007

Crab Sukkha- Crab with Dry Masala

Crab is our favorite seafood. Love it in any form- fried, curried, in a salad etc. This recipe is one of our family specialties passed to us from our grandmother who is a fantastic cook- especially when it comes to cooking non-veg food. We would be treated to seafood almost everyday whenever we visited my grandparents during our vacation. They lived on a river and caught fresh fish from the sea everyday. Writing this post is very emotional to us as our grandfather who we loved very much is no more and we are several miles away from our grandmother. We are dedicating this post to our dear grandparents for loving and caring us so much.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

5 big crabs(we got frozen,raw cleaned BLUE crab)
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 small onion finely chopped
2 dry red chilies
1/2 tsp tamarind paste
2 green chilies slit lengthwise
1/2 inch ginger finely chopped
2 tsp olive oil
salt to taste.

Make a coarse masala by grinding together coconut,red chillies and tamarind paste. Heat a skillet with olive oil. Add the masala to the skillet, add the crabs to this masala and mix well. Cook for 5 mins. Add the green chilies, the raw onions and the chopped ginger to the masala. Add salt, cover and cook till the crabs are done. Eat with hot rice.


Note: Wash the ice off of the frozen crabs thoroughly and rest it aside for 15 mins.


musical said...

Hey, i hopped on to your blog from Jugalbandi. Its so nice to see two sisters maintaining their culinary journal! Lovely concept and nice recipes too!

Mona said...

Hi Dee and Chai, I have added you to my blogroll. Well, i always wish to have crab and lobster, havent ever had it till now in my life, yeah believe me! I will try to find some frozen cleaned blue crab as you mentioned from somewhere beside my place and will prepare this, looks too yummy :-) Thnx for the recipe !


Eskay said...

Yum!! Kurle sukke...

Dee & Chai said...

-Thanks musical for visiting us! Also feel free to give suggestions, comments etc.

- Mona, We tried Blue crabs only after coming to U.S. It should be available in most grocery stores or in seafood markets.

-Eskay, Guess u are a konkani like us! yes, kurke sukke is something we just adore(:-)

Bharathy said...

God!!crabs... my absolute favourite!!..the dish is very tempting girls!!

I have never tried cooking them with no knowledge of how to clean them..difficult to eat as well..
... a Delicacy for sure!:)

Dee & Chai said...

Bharthy, we had similar problem when we were in India. We would ask the fish monger to clean it up for us and pay him/her some extra. Thanks 4 visiting!

Sig said...

Yummy! We love crab too, and this recipe is bookmarked :)

Dee & Chai said...

Thanks Sig! Guess you had a wonderful time in SFO.