Fresh Crab Recipes – How to cook crab: The Indian way?

South Indian Crab Masala Recipe

Want to cook up some delectable and flavorful fresh crab recipes – the Indian way? Let me make this easy for you. Most Indian crab recipes use coconut, fresh spices and fresh crab  for this preparation, also known as Crab Masala in some places. I’ ll show you two variations of fresh crab recipes – one is pure south Indian style and the other would be Malvani crab masala.


fresh crab recipes - Indian style

Fresh Crab Recipes – South Indian Style


8 – 9 freshly cleaned medium to large size crabs
Onions – 8 (sliced)
Ginger – a 1” piece
Garlic – 15 pods
Curry leaves – as much as you want
Tomatoes – 3
Coconut milk – 1 small cup
Coriander powder – 1 1/2 teaspoons
Garam Masala powder – ½ teaspoon(optional)
Cooking oil – Coconut oil or Sunflower oil (as required)
Black pepper powder – ½ teaspoon
Red Chilly powder – 3 – 4 teaspoon(depends on how hot you want it to be)
Fenugreek seeds(methi) – ¼ teaspoon

How to cook crab?

Clean the crabs and keep aside. Make a paste of ginger and garlic, keep aside. Take a thick bottomed vessel. Sauté the onions, ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves till the onions turn golden brown. Add coriander powder, chilly powder, fenugreek seeds, black pepper powder, chopped tomatoes and the garam masala powder to this. Sauté on a low flame till tomatoes are well cooked. Allow this mix to cool down. Roughly grind this in a mixer to form a very coarse paste, coarse enough for us to see the onion pieces and other stuff. Put this paste back into the vessel. Toss in the cleaned crabs. Cover this vessel for 25-30 minutes and allow the crab to cook on a low flame. Add coconut milk in the end and close the vessel. Turn off the flame. Keep it closed for 10 more minutes.

Your south Indian stylecrab curry  is ready with a fresh aroma of exotic Indian spices mixed with a mouth-watering whiff of crab meat. This crab masala gravy goes well with steamed rice.

South Indian Crab Masala Recipe

Clean live crabs and use them instantly within half an hour of cleaning.
Crab meat is tender and gets easily cooked. We need to keep it in the vessel for 30 minutes to 40 minutes, turning the gravy occasionally for the taste of all spices to seep into the crab.

Fresh crab recipes – Malvani crab masala


8 – 9 freshly cleaned medium to large size crabs
Onions – 2 (chopped)
Ginger –  1” piece
Garlic – 5- 6 pods
Kokum – 4 – 5 pieces soaked in water
Malvani Masala Powder – 1 ½ teaspoons (you can buy this online at or any online store or at your local supermarket)
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Cooking oil – Sunflower oil (as required)
Red Chilly powder – 3 – 4 teaspoon(depends on how hot you want it to be)
Cilantro or Dhania(chopped) – 4 cups
White poppy seeds – 1 teaspoon

How to prepare?

As mentioned earlier, sauté all the ingredients in cooking oil, without the (crabs,kokum and cilantro) in a thick bottomed vessel. Grind to a fine paste. Put in the crabs and kokum. Let it cook on a low flame for 30 minutes. Once done, garnish with chopped cilantro. Malvani crab masala goes well with steamed rice or bhakris(rice flour or jowar flour breads)

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