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Indian Crab Curry Meat

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In keeping with National Crab Meat Day, I would love to share my Curry Crab Meat recipe.

Indian Crab Curry Meat is the perfect blend of spicy and savory for all seafood lovers out there. With its mouth-watering blend of spices and juicy chunks of fresh crab meat, this dish will transport you straight to the coastal regions of India. Try out this recipe today and let your taste buds go on a delicious journey.

Unleash the Spice, Savor Indian Crab Curry Meat
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Indian Crab Curry Meat

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings depending on size 1x
  • Category: Indian Recipes
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Indian


Craving for an authentic Indian taste? Try our sumptuous Indian Crab Curry Meat. It’s spicy, rich, and full of traditional Indian flavors that will transport you straight to the heart of India. Don’t miss out.


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  1. Heat oil in a pot
  2. Add all whole spices and sauté.
  3. As soon as it begins to splutter add chopped onions, chillies, and curry leaves.
  4. Sauté until onions turn lightly golden brown then add your ginger garlic paste.
  5. Add the crab pieces and coat well in the oil.
  6. Let the crab sauté in the oil and spices. It will turn a lovely pink/orange/red color.
  7. As soon as it turns color and starts to fry in the oil then you add the curry powder, turmeric powder, coriander and cumin powders, and salt.
  8. Give it a good stir to coat the crab nicely with all these spices and aromatics.
  9. Add the liquidized tomatoes and let them cook.
  10. Strain the tamarind liquid and add it to the curry.
  11. Cook till done.
  12. You will see a nice gravy form and oil will float to the top.
  13. Don’t let the gravy get too thick.
  14. Turn stove heat down to lowest, garnish with chopped coriander, and leave the curry to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  15. Served with rice or thick freshly sliced bread.

You can use Mild or Hot or Extra hot curry powder. It all depends on your preference. Also, chilies are optional if you do not like spicy food.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Asha from The Recipe Hunter: Tried  and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 727
  • Sugar: 16.4 g
  • Sodium: 2981.3 mg
  • Fat: 21.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.3 g
  • Fiber: 10.5 g
  • Protein: 99.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 275 mg
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Some more background and history on Indian Crab Curry

Crab curry is a flavorful and popular dish in Indian cuisine, particularly in coastal regions where seafood is abundant. The dish has its roots in traditional Indian culinary practices and has evolved with regional variations. Here is some background and history of Indian Crab Curry:

Coastal Influence:

Coastal regions in India, such as Kerala, Goa, West Bengal, and parts of the Konkan region, have a strong tradition of seafood-based dishes due to their proximity to the sea.

Crab curry is a manifestation of the coastal influence on Indian cuisine, where a variety of seafood, including crab, is readily available.

Local Ingredients:

Indian Crab Curry typically incorporates a variety of local spices and ingredients. The choice of spices can vary based on regional preferences, but common ones include cumin, coriander, turmeric, and red chili powder.

Coconut is often used in coastal regions to create a rich and creamy base for the curry. In some variations, tamarind or kokum might be added to provide a tangy flavor.

Regional Variations:

Different regions in India have their versions of crab curry, each showcasing local flavors and culinary techniques.

For example, in Kerala, you might find a crab curry with coconut milk, while in Goa, the curry might have a distinct blend of spices influenced by Portuguese and local Goan traditions.

Culinary Techniques:

Indian Crab Curry is typically prepared by sautéing a mix of spices, onions, and tomatoes to create a flavorful base. Coconut milk or grated coconut is often added to give the curry a creamy texture.

The crabs are cleaned and then added to the curry, allowing them to absorb the rich flavors as they cook.

Cultural Significance:

Seafood, including crab, has cultural and culinary significance in Indian coastal communities. Crab curry is often prepared for special occasions, celebrations, or family gatherings.

The dish reflects the resourcefulness of coastal communities in utilizing locally available ingredients to create delicious and satisfying meals.

Indian Crab Curry, like many traditional dishes, has been passed down through generations, with families adding their twists and variations. It remains a delightful representation of the diverse and vibrant culinary landscape of India, showcasing the flavors of the sea and the rich tapestry of regional spices and ingredients.

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