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16 Apr 2009

Njandu / Crab Roast

I had to wait to reach Dubai to try out some crab recipes! Back home in Kerala, no one likes it, and they are even afraid to watch it.. :) There, kids are familiar with crabs only when the fish vendor shows them, the crabs he got with other fishes accidentally.This is a simple recipe for cooking crabs as we usually do for prawns.

crabs 8
onion 5
tomato 6
curry leaves few
corriander leaves few
garam masala powder 2 pinches
vinegar 2 Tb sp
pepper powder 2 tsp
red chilly powder 4 tsp or as desired
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
coconut oil

Grind together,
garlic cloves 5
ginger 1 inch piece
fennel seeds 1/4 tsp
green chillies 3

How to prepare
Cut and clean Crabs.
Heat oil, saute chopped onions until transparent.
Add ground paste, stirr for one minute.
Put chopped tomatoes, with pepper powder,salt,curry leaves, turmeric powder and chilly powder.
Stir and cook until tomatoes are mashed well.
Add crabs into this.
Close the pan, cook crab on a low flame.
Check after 5 minutes,if there is no water, pour 1/4 cup water and mix well.
Cook for 20 minutes.
Add vinegar, mix and check for salt, if needed add more.
Add garam masala, coriander leaves and mix well.
Remove from fire, serve hot.
If you need more sourness increase the amount of vinegar.


  1. I like crab anything and this looks really good.

  2. evide chennalum manushyane veruthe vidaruthu ketto...yummy yum..seens,hope you and everyone is enjoying !!

  3. I love crab kuzambus, the roast looks delicious Seena, I've bookmarked it, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  4. Love the way it looks, Seena. I have got to start cooking with crabs at home, I love Crab cakes! :)

  5. I ve to go India to taste this crab Seena. I will die for this seafood! Looks excellent!

  6. I love crab dishes be it in any form! This one looks yummy..once I converted your chettinad chicken recipe to a crab recipe and that too was delicious. I'll try out this too..Thanks for the recipe :)

  7. I love crab and long since I had it. Your picture makes me crave for some rite now..

  8. seena,
    Pic looks yummy.
    I never had crab in my life. don't know how to clean it...i have heard that some people get allergy after eating crabs.
    hope u r enjoying dubai vacation.

  9. seena, crab roast looks so delicious! sent a parcel for me :)

  10. I can't believe that no one back home likes it. I would give anything for my screen to become real so that I could eat this fantastic dish you have made.

  11. i just had some really good crab and ur post is making me crave more!! so u had a dubai trip! how was it?

  12. Hi Seena..I have nominated you for 'Love your blog' award. You may check out details here:

  13. Crabs are exotic seafood to me,the roast looks spicy:)

  14. seena,
    An award waitng for u in
    chek it out.

  15. Its long time since I visited here,some how I missed :l...
    Your new look is really awesome,it gives a nice impression than before!

    I am fine!

  16. I love crab dishes like this, unlike you i have to wait till i am in Kerala to eat them.

  17. Crab kazhichittu naal kureyaayi....How much I love them...Njandu undenkil verey onnum venda.....I prepare many curries, but athu measure cheythu ezhuthi edukkaanulla paniyaanu...Pinney I love baking and preparing sweets than making curries and main courses...if my husband wasnt a curry lover, I wudnt have learnt anything:)...

  18. hai seena
    i like your recepies.
    i tried your various recepies then my husband likes all items. and you are my guru and i would like to see.

  19. Ajila, Thanks! :)
    Will try to see you, insha Allah..

  20. Hmmm....looks so good! Even I am waiting to go to India to taste some awesome crabs :)

  21. hi ...
    its really great dish..




  22. I love crabs!!Mouth watering picture!!Am going to try this...

  23. hi this recipe was too easy to cook and its taste was yammyyy..thanka for this delicious recipe


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