Chettinad Crab Masala recipe | Chettinad nandu masala recipe | Hotel style crab recipe


Crab masala / Nandu Masala is about to become one of your favorite recipes because this recipe Chettinad cuisine. It is aromatic, flavorful, comforting with the perfectly roasted spices that makes it wonderfully delicious also incredibly Easy to make. Try this gorgeous tasting recipe and you will love it. You can serve it with Rice or Dosa. Adding lots of pepper to the crab curry helps to clear throat infection, cold, good digestion & helps to maintain the body temperature. Crab is a tastiest sea food, high in protein and rich in omega – 3 fatty acids. Here is a spicy treat for crab lovers from the popular Chettinad cuisine!

Using gingerly oil gives you the depth of flavors, however, you could swap to peanut oil or any vegetable oil, Pick up the crabs that are fresh, you can suss out the smell to check the freshness of the crab. You can reduce the amount of Heatness in this recipe as per your tastebud. Roasting the spices releases the aromatic flavour. Make sure the spices are roasted to lightly golden brown, over-roasting might gives you a bitter taste. Mostly cold infections are usually treated with chicken soup or spicy crab recipes. Though Zinc in crab helps in healing the symptoms of common cold, pepper and coconut added in this recipe strengthen the fight for faster relief.

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Chettinad Crab Masala recipe | Chettinad nandu masala recipe | Hotel style crab recipe

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 1 hour Cook Time 30 min Rest Time 10 min Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


To prepare Coconut paste

To Prepare Fresh Masala

To Temper

To prepare crab masala

How to make Crab Masala Recipe

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  1. First clean the crab using turmeric powder & Natural sea rock salt.

  2. Now prepare fresh masala For that in a mixie jar add all items given in the list for 'To prepare fresh masala'

  3. Grind like a coarse paste.

  4. Next prepare the coconut paste for that in a Blender  jar add all items given in the list for 'To prepare coconut paste'

  5. Grind it le a fine paste.

  6. Heat the pan with oil.

  7. Once the oil is hot tempering with items given in the list for 'To temper'. Wait until splutter.

  8. Now add garlic, small onion & big onion.

  9. Sauté it until turns golden color in medium flame.

  10. Add ginger garlic paste ,Sauté it until raw smell goes off.

  11. Now add Grinded fresh masala paste then, Sauté it until raw smell goes off.

  12. While sauté add turmeric powder.

  13. Now add required salt .

  14. Once the masala cooked well also oil separates add tomato.

  15. sauté tomato until soft. while sauté add 1 green chili.

  16. Once the tomato cooked well add red chili powder & coriander powder.

  17. Fry the masala powder really well until the leaves oil.

  18. Now add garam masala powder .Mix it well.

  19. Add water mix it well.

  20. cook in medium flame until masala leaves oil.

  21. once the oil separates add coconut paste with required water. Check for salt and add if needed.

  22. masala start to boil add crab mix it well.

  23. cook further for another 10 to 15 minutes until the crab cooks thoroughly.

  24. As you cook, the masala thickens to a semi solid.

  25. Switch off and garnish with chopped coriander and curry leaves.

  26. Serve this spicy crab masala with hot rice & Rasam
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