Nandu Kuzhambu - Chettinad Crab Curry

An inter community marriage has more benefits than you can count and for me the one that tops the list is the gorging on the traditional food of both sides, so while we indulge in sarsoon ka saag and makki ki roti, there is rasam and chettinad curries which are equally treasured. There are food traditions from both side that get taken forward, recipes passed down by both set of grandmoms and moms. What else can one ask for

Nandu Kuzhambu - Chettinad Crab Curry

Though we love sea food, crab is still bit of treat in our house both because it is tough to get fresh and good crab in Bangalore and because it is tedious to eat as well. It signifies what we say about hard work has the sweetest results, in crab's case it is the delicious sweet meat. If one wants to eat crab, one cannot really get away from that, however I have a solution for you when it comes to the first problem. Freshtohome is your answer to all your seafood needs in Bangalore and Delhi and Mumbai. These guys strive to get to you fresh and chemical free sea food at your doorstep. I have been using them since months now and they have never failed me even once. Everytime consistently they have delivered fabulous sea food to me at the promised time

Nandu Kuzhambu - Chettinad Crab Curry

Last weekend we ordered some crab and made N's granny's Nandu Kuzhambu (i.e. the chettinad style crab curry) with it. Finger licking delicious, It is slightly spicy (mainly pepper) but like O says it is so tasty that I don't mind the spice. It is that good spice that will have you slightly sweating and yet reaching out for more
An inter community marriage has more benefits than you can count and for me the one that tops the list is the gorging on the traditional food of both sides, so while we indulge in sarsoon ka saag and makki ki roti, there is rasam and chettinad curries which are equally treasured. There are food trad...

Nandu Kuzhambu - Chettinad Crab Curry

Summary

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  • Coursemain course
  • Cuisinesouth indian
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time30 minutesPT0H30M

Ingredients

Crab cleaned and cut roughly
1/2 kg
Dry red chillies
10
Aniseed (saunf)
1 tsp
Poppy seeds (khus khus)
1/4 tsp
Peppercorn
10
Grated coconut
1/4 cup
Small ball of tamarind
Fenugreek (methi seeds)
1/4 tsp
Jeera
1 tsp
Shallots peeled
1 cup
Garlic chopped
10 pods
Tomato chopped
1
Curry leaves
handful of
Water
2.5 - 3 cups of
Oil
1 tbsp
Salt
to taste

Steps

  1. Grind together dry red chillies, aniseed, poppy seeds, peppercon, coconut and tamarind
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadhai, add fenugreek and jeera. Sauté till browned for a minute or so. Add shallots, garlic and curry leaves and Sauté for 3-4 minutes
  3. Add tomatoes & turmeric powder along with the ground masala and fry till the oil separates.
  4. Add water and bring it to a boil, reduce the flame and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add crab and cook covered till the crabs are cooked and the gravy is thickened.
  5. Serve with hot steamed rice & papad
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