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goan crab curry

Crabs are one of the delicious seafood and they taste best when caught fresh and live. Nothing can beat the taste of steamed snow or king crab and fried soft-shelled blue crabs. Cleaning the crab is a bit difficult task, so better to depend upon the fishmongers to do this part but cooking a crab is very easy. Crushed peppercorns, garlic, red chillies and coconut are some of the ingredient that goes well with most of the crab recipes.

Check out the recipe that I have tried last week and believe me it was simply divine!

Goan crab curry

Goan crab curry

Recipe: Goan crab curry


  • Blue crab (fresh): 6 medium
  • Onions (sliced): 1 big
  • Black peppercorns (crushed): 8-10
  • Garlic (crushed): 2 tsp
  • Cloves: 6
  • Cinnamon: 2 stick
  • Ginger (chopped): 2 tsp
  • Dry red chilies (chopped): 4-6
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder: 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tsp
  • Coconut (grated): 1 cup
  • Coconut milk (thick): 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil: 2-3 tbsp


  1. Wash and clean the crab, separate the smaller claws from the body, break the bigger claws and pincers into halves.
  2. Heat the oil in frying pan and add the coarsely crushed black peppercorns and crushed garlic. Fry for 30 second. Add the crab and sauté on slow heat for few minutes.
  3. In a separate pan dry roast the grated coconut till brown. Remove from the heat and add some oil into the pan.
  4. Fry the onions till brown and to it add the chopped ginger, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, chopped dry red chilies, cloves and cinnamon.
  5. Fry for a while, remove from the heat and let it cool for sometime. Ground them together with the grated coconut in to a smooth paste.
  6. Add this ground paste to the crab and mix well. Sauté for another 5 minutes and add the diluted coconut milk (dilute half of the coconut milk with water).
  7. Cover the pan and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  8. Check the seasonings and stir in the remaining thick coconut milk. Bring it to the first boil and remove from the heat.
  9. Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves.
  10. Serve the hot Goan crab curry with steamed rice.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3

Culinary tradition: Indian (Southern)

My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

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  • Reply
    April 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

    What about “King Crab”? Should I just use King Crab instead on those ingredients?

    • Reply
      sukanya ghosh
      April 7, 2010 at 8:30 am

      yes why not? go on experiment ! and am sure results will be exciting. thanx for dropping by.

  • Reply
    April 23, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Crab curry? Living in Japan– I’ve had my taste of many curry dishes, but crab curry?

    I’m a crab lover and I love curries, so I will definitely have to try out this unique recipe.


    • Reply
      sukanya ghosh
      April 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks David for dropping by. yeah crab curry is very much Indian dish and i hope you will like it.

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    Lupe Highland
    February 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Wow! How much of an idea! Gorgeous .. Brilliant

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    March 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

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