Crab Masala

By: Prasanna| Published: 7:30:00 PM

This is an update of my previous post...Crab Masala!
I have updated recipe and pictures here.Hope you all will love this!

It's been long since I had crabs so thought of getting them this week. Getting nice crabs that too cleaned one's was a roller coaster ride!
You must be wondering why she need cleaned one's...can't she clean them?? so the answer is  No ๐Ÿ˜ž.
I had tried cleaning previously very small crabs which was ok but when I see the live crabs crawl I am dead !๐Ÿ˜ฑ
I finally found these medium to small sized few fresh crabs which were cleaned and my mission was complete!
Now,the next step was to make some hot and spicy finger-licking good curry out of it.
This version of my gravy goes so well with Pav/Bread and rice.I think even if you have this with Rice flour bhakri/Tandlachi Bhakri they would be hit too!

Another variation of crabs that I make is Crab Curry. Do try it out too.
Do try this curry and enjoy! Share your feedback!๐Ÿ˜Š


Crab Masala
  • 5 Crabs,medium sized,cleaned
  • For Masala:
  • 1 Onion,medium sized,long cut
  • 4 No, Byadgi Chilis
  • 1/2 Teaspoon, Carom Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon, Poppy Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon, Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon, Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Blades, Mace
  • 1 small piece, Nutmeg
  • 1 Inch,  Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Petals, Star Anise
  • 4 cloves, Garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons, Coriander seeds
  • 4 Nos,Black Peppercorns
  • a Fistful, Fresh Grated Coconut
  • as per need Oil
  • Additional:
  • 1 Medium, Chopped Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon, Malvani/Garam Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon, Turmeric Powder
  • Gooseberry sized ball Tamarind
  • 2 Sprigs, Finely Chopped Cilantro 
  • as per taste Salt
First, wash the crabs properly.
In a pan, add around 2 Tablespoons of Oil and fry all the ingredients mentioned  for Masala.
Fry on medium flame till coconut and onion turn brown and it leaves nice aroma.
Let this cool off for some time.

When cooled grind it to a smooth paste.
Add little water while grinding.
In another pot, add crabs and chopped onion.

To this add little water, salt ,malvani masala,turmeric powder.
Let this cook till crabs change color and cooked.
Add the ground paste and stir and cook for some time.
Add cilantro and enjoy with roti or rice or pav!!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 Servings


  • The spice level can be adjusted a per need.
  • Grind the paste to a very smooth paste.
  • Do not add too much water to cook the crabs.


Hi, I'm Prasanna!

I will be the first one to admit that I am an accidental food blogger. I love trying out new recipes and giving them a twist of my own. Hope you enjoy trying out the recipes ... do leave me your valuable feedback ๐Ÿ˜Š

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