Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nandu Kulambu- Crab Curry

Winter is early this year. I think it wants to make it up for the last year. I wanted to welcome Fall with fall colors; with a zesty, spicy curry. So, Nandu kulambu it is! I never tasted this before getting married. Somehow, I never liked the look of it. After getting married I learnt that my husband loves this. So, I picked this recipe from my mother in law. After making this for hubby many times, even I started liking the taste! And need less to say, my husband absolutely loves this!

Crabs: cooked/frozen, 2 lb
Ginger & garlic paste: 1 tbsp
Coconut, grated/grinded- 3 tbsp
Onion- 1 large
Tomato- 1 large
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Tamarind paste- 1/2 tsp
Chili Powder- 1 tsp (use more for extra spice)
Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
Salt- 1tsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Cilantro: hand full

Dry roast and fine grind the below
Fennel (saunf) - 1/2 tsp
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
Cumin- 1/2 tsp

  • I used frozen crabs, so this step was not necessary for me. But if you are using fresh crabs, I would suggest that you fry the crabs in a tbsp of oil with a little turmeric to get rid of the smell and keep these aside. 
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a dish. Add mustard seeds and when they pop, add the chopped onions and fry until translucent.Add ginger garlic paste and roast for a minute.
  • Then add tomatoes and fry until the tomatoes cook. Now add the powder you have grinded, coriander powder, chili powder and salt.
  • Now add the coconut paste and tamarind paste.
  • Now add the crab and cook in medium flame. You can add a cup of water now.
  • When it gets completely cooked, garnish with cilantro.


  1. Delicious and spicy crab..yummy,love it

  2. thats my husband's favourite. he always asks for this and I hardly get to oblige. looks so so tempting.

  3. Yummy crab curry looks awesome.

    Pushpa @

  4. Woww mouthwatering crab curry looks irresistible..