Crab Masala केकड़ा मसाला

60 minutes
Crab Masala केकड़ा मसाला Recipe - Ranveer Brar


For Coconut Paste

2 tbsp Oil

1 Onion, sliced

1 cup Fresh Coconut, grated

3-4 Whole Red Chilli

1 Star Anise

1 tsp Stone flower/ Dagad Phool

5-6 Black Peppercorns

A pinch Nutmeg, grated

2 Bay Leaves

1 inch-Cinnamon Stick

1 Green Cardamom

1 tsp Khus Khus/ Poppy Seeds

½ tsp Shahi Jeera/ Black Cumin Seeds

2-3 Garlic Cloves

3 Green Chillies

1 tbsp Coriander Seeds


Marination for Crab

1 inch-Ginger

2-3 Green Chillies

Handful of Coriander Leaves

7-8 Garlic Cloves

2 Whole Red Chillies

8 Crabs, cleaned & legs & claws removed

¼ tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Malvani Masala

Salt to taste


Marination for Crab Claws & Shells

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

2 tsp Malwani Masala

Crab Claws & Shells


For the Juice

Crab Legs

2-3 cups Water


Crab Curry

2 tbsp Ghee/ Oil

4 bay Leaves

2 Star Anise

1 inch-Cinnamon Stick

2-3 Green Cardamoms

A pinch of Asafoetida

2 Onions, finely Chopped

Handful of Coriander Leaves, finely chopped

7-8 Mint Leaves, finely chopped

Marinated Crab Claws and Crab Shells

Marinated Crabs

2 tsp Malvani Masala

Handful of coriander Leaves, finely chopped

Prepared Coconut Paste

Salt to taste

Crab legs juice


2 cups Coconut Milk

Coriander Sprig


For the Coconut Paste

  • Heat oil in a pan, add onions, sauté till translucent.
  • Add coconut, whole red chilli, star anise, cinnamon stick, dagad phool, black peppercorns, bay leaves, nutmeg, poppy seeds, shahi jeera, garlic cloves, green chillies and coriander seeds, sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add water and grind it into a fine and thick paste.

Marination for Whole Crab

  • In a grinder, add ginger, green chillies, coriander, garlic cloves and red chillies.
  • Add 2 tbsp water and grind it into a fine paste.
  • Marinate the crabs with the paste, turmeric powder and malvani masala, keep it for 15-20 minutes.


For the Juice

  • In a grinder add crab legs and water.
  • Grind it and then strain it in a bowl through a strainer.
  • Keep aside for further use.

Marination for claws and shells

In a mixing bowl, add crab claws & shells, turmeric powder and malvani masala. Marinate for 10 minutes.

Crab Curry

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan, add bay leaves, star anise, cinnamon stick, green cardamoms and asafoetida, sauté for a minute.
  • Add onions, coriander leaves and mint leaves, sauté till onions turn translucent.
  • Add marinated crab claws & crab shells, mix everything well. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add malvani masala and coriander leaves, prepared coconut paste, salt, crab legs juice and keep stirring well. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add kokum and coconut milk, mix well. Cook for last 5 minutes.
  • Transfer in a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprig.
  • Serve hot roti or rice.


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