Crab Curry

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH

Ingredients:

  • Crabs, ( 500 gm) cut into pieces
  • 2 Potatoes, cut into halves
  •  Onion paste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic  paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  •  1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  •  1-1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • Salt , as per taste 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tbsps tomato puree
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 2 Cardamom pods
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 3 tbsp Mustard oil

Method:

  • Clean the crabs with warm water and marinade with salt, turmeric, and red chili powder for 15 minutes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and fry the crab pieces on a medium flame covering with a lid. Once they get s crisp and nicely cooked, take them out and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add some more oil, heat it on medium flame. Add the potatoes with salt, turmeric and cook till the potatoes become a little soft.  Once they are done, take  out and keep aside. 
  • In the same pan, add cinnamon stick, clove, and cardamom into the oil. Once they start sizzling, add onion paste and keep on stirring until it is cooked properly.
  • Next add ginger garlic paste and let it cook for a minute or two. Next, add all the dry spices including turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and sugar. Mix well.
  • Next add tomato puree, green chilies and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. At this stage, add 1/4 cup of water to avoid burning of the spices.
  • Finally, add fried potatoes and crab pieces and mix all the ingredients well. 
  • Add  1/2 cup  water and allow it to boil at medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve