Madrasi Crab Curry

Best for colds and coughs, Enjoy it in the rainy season!

Recipe by Preethi Stephenson of Chennai, IN

Spicy and fiery combination of crabs and pepper! Divine when had with a small bowl of steamed rice and a hot egg omlet. Best as a rainy day- lunch menu!!

Ingredients non vegetarian 2 servings

    • 4 Crabs ( small or big )
    • 1/4 kg Shallots
    • 5 tsp Peppercorns (fresh and unadulterated)
    • 10 Garlic pods
    • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
    • 3 sprigs Curry leaves
    • 1/2 bunch Coriander leaves, finely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp Mustard
    • 1 tsp Chilli powder
    • Salt - to taste
    • Oil - as required
    • 1/4 tsp Ajinomoto


    1. Wash the crabs with vinegar and salt water and rub turmeric on the shells, keep aside for 10minutes
    2. Wash them in running water and keep aside
    3. Grind shallots, garlic, pepper, cumin, turmeric and chilli powder to a smooth paste.
    4. Heat oil, splutter the mustard and fry this paste for 3minutes till the oil floats on top.
    5. Add the crabs, required salt, water, curry leaves , cover and cook till the crabs are done and the gravy is nice an thick.
    6. Sprinkle ajinomoto, stir and add coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.


    Preethi Stephenson

    Thanks Coolcook! I dont know what your real name is but thanks for your compliment.

    christy gerald

    christy gerald

    Dear Preethi!.Nazareth is my father's native place though I was born near Nagerkoil- since my Grandpa was a Pastor there that time but grown up in Madras(for 3 yrs) and then in Tirunelveli Dist (the remaining years).My cooking may llook-like Nagerkoil based cause I learned it from a friend of that nativity(2 years before marrige) and the usage of cumin seeds and small onion with coconut place is common in Nagercoil-native's cooking.Thank u so much.


    Hi preethi. I love Crabs & This seems so tempting to me. Thanks.

    Preethi Stephenson

    thanks christy! the taste increases when you let the crabs cook for a while in the masala and when the juices seep into the shells! I think you are from Kanyakumari or Nagerkoil, coz even i love crabs and prawns than all other non-veggies.

    christy gerald

    christy gerald

    Seems a good Crab preparation and this will be tasty too.I luv Crabs(i prefer Crabs to other non-veggies).