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Malabar Style Crab Curry



Crab - 1 kg 
Shallots - 10
Green chilly chopped - 2 tbsp 
Chilly powder - 2 tbsp 
(soaked in water) - 15 gm 
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp 
Coconut oil - 3 tbsp 
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp 
Salt - for taste 
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp 
Ginger /garlic -1 tbsp each 
Curry leaves - A few 
Coconut milk - 150ml


1. Clean the crab, separate the legs and break the shell. 
2. Slice the shallots chillies and crush the ginger.
3. In an earthen pot or heavy bottomed pan, pour the oil.
4. Splutter the mustard seeds.
5. Sauté sliced onion, ginger and garlic until soft
6. Add the chilly powder, turmeric, coriander powder and salt
7. Reduce the heat to minimum and add the crab and the legs too and curry leaves. 
8. Add green chilies and tamarind water, reduce the heat and cover the pan. 
9. Cook until crabs are done. Finish it with coconut milk.
10. Remove from heat and garnish with curry leaves.

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