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. I grew up anticipating my family special crab kuzhambu during cold winter days., which is worth a wait for this delicious delight, fun part when you roll up your sleeves , digging with dripping hands, trying hard to extract the flesh and juice from every crevice of the crab shell. Here I share with you my great family Nandu Kuzhambu recipe.
|6 nos||Blue crab|
|3 nos||Onion (finely chopped)|
|2 nos||Tomato (diced)|
|5 clove||Garlic (crushed)|
|1 no||Green chilli (slit open)|
|½ tsp||Turmeric powder|
|1 tsp||Red chilli powder|
|3 tsp||Coriander /dhania powder|
|1 tsp||Salt (or to taste)|
|5 tsp||Tamarind juice (or thick store bought pulp 1/4 tsp)|
|¼ tsp||Cumin seeds|
|5 no||Curry leaves|
|2 pinch||Asafoetida powder|
|6 nos||Fenugreek seeds|
|3 tbsp||Fresh grated coconut|
|1 tsp||Black pepper corns|
Clean crab and wash them thoroughly with cold water. 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. Now pour in a cup of water, tamarind juice, salt and stir in with the coconut paste. Bring the whole gravy to one boil, reduce to simmer and add the crab pieces and close with a lid. Cook on low medium flame for 15 minutes, let the crab cook well (it should turn bright orange in colour), switch off and garnish with fresh curry leaves. 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.
How to clean live crab? This article will follow sometime soon, link will be posted as soon as the pictures are ready.