Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chettinad Crab Masala / செட்டிநாடு நண்டு மசாலா

First time i am posting a seafood. Learnt this recipe from my mom. The way seafoods are being cooked in chettinad are very spicy and different. I would suggest this as a side dish for a bowl full of creamy curd rice.


Crab - 1/2 kg
Cooking oil - 8 tbs
Mustard seeds + urad dal - 1 tbs
Fennel seeds / Saunf - 1/2 tbs
Curry leaves - few nos
Chopped onion - 3 nos
Chopped tomato - 3 nos
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chicken masala (or) red chilli powder (or) garam masala - 1/2 tbs (choose the masala powder according to ur taste)
Chopped cilantro - 1 handful

To grind:

Grated coconut - 3/4 cup
Pepper corns - 4 tbs
Fennel seeds - 1 tbs

  • Clean the crab as u like. Some like to have the whole crab, some people like to broke crab into small portions. Wash well the crab in water 2 - 3 times.
  • Grind into fine paste the ingredients mentioned under to grind and keep aside. Grind into fine paste the 3/4th  portion of chopped onion + all the tomato seperately.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add urad dal + mustard seeds, fennel seeds, curry leaves @ 30 sec interval.
  • Add remaining 1/4th portion of chopped onion and saute for a min.
  • Add onion-tomato paste and saute till the raw smell goes off. Now add the crab and mix well.
  • After 2 mins add pepper-coconut paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt + 3 cups of water.
  • Cook in medium flame till u get a tight gravy consistency.
  • Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve hot.


Chitra said...

hai chitra,
It's nice that i found ur blog..coz i love chettinad food very yum... looking forward to learn new recipes from u...
Thanks for dropping by my blog...

Restaurant in Laxmi Nagar said...

That is delicious and so healthy!!! thanks for sharing this authentic and tasty dish!!

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