Nandu kuzhambu – Crab in spicy coconut tamarind gravy, a great main course, typically served with steaming hot white rice. This delectable curry is very popular in Tamil Nadu. In one way its great fun and adventure, when you make it with live crab, which most of you would have seen back home, where they tend to escape from the cleaning process and crawl around the puzhakadai/patio.
I grew up with those fun filled memories… my aunt is a pro in making this kuzhambu and the recipe shared here is hers, as a kids i have relished quite a bit and now i make the same for my family. The recipe is quite simple except the cleaning process of the crab which is a little elaborate…. but all that painstaking effort is worth it when you actually get ready to eat. It a fun a to watch when your family put up this site everyone dig in, with rolled up sleeves, with the crab juice dripping all over your hand, cracking the hard shell to extract every bit of flesh and sucking the juice from every crevice of the crab shell…. 😛 Priceless!
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|6 medium sized crabs||Blue crab|
|1 & 1/2 cups||Onion (finely chopped)|
|3/4 cup||Tomato (diced)|
|5 cloves||Garlic (crushed)|
|1 small||Green chilli (slit open)|
|½ teaspoon||Turmeric powder|
|1 teaspoon||Red chilli powder|
|2 Tablespoons||Coriander /dhania powder|
|1 teaspoon||Salt (or to taste)|
|5 teaspoons||Tamarind extract (or thick store bought pulp 1/4 tsp)|
|Ingredients – 2|
|1 teaspoon||Cumin seeds|
|5 leaves||Curry leaves|
|2 pinch||Asafoetida powder|
|1/4 teaspoon||Fenugreek seeds|
|3 tablespoons||Fresh grated coconut|
|1 teaspoon||Black pepper corns|
Lets see how to make this Nandu kuzhambu
Clean crab and wash them thoroughly with cold water. Check this post HOW TO CLEAN CRAB for a detailed write up on how to clean crabs with step by step pictures. Grind all ingredients from table-3 to a semi-thick paste and keep aside.
Heat oil in a big deep pan (similar to pasta pot) and splutter mustard, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and season with asafoetida powder. Add the minced onions, green chilli and garlic, fry them till they become translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they tend to become soft. Add in the turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and fry with the onion tomato gravy till the oil separates. It masala should look as shown.
Now pour in a cup of water, tamarind juice and salt. Bring it boil.
Now reduce to simmer and add the crab pieces and close with a lid.
Make sure the crab shells sink a bit in the gravy. Cover with a lid and let it cook over low medium flame for 15 minutes.
Once cooked they turn bright orange in color.
Now add the ground coconut paste.
Simmer for few minutes and garnish with fresh curry leaves. Switch off and serve with plain white rice and choice of vegetable curry.
American grocery super market chains carry just the cooked snow crabs and imitation crab meat. Chinese market or oriental grocery stores carry live blue crab, call to find on which day they get their supply, so that you can grab a bag full of fresh ones. Normally they sell each for a buck. Click here for interesting facts about Blue crab.