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Crab Masala Fry Recipe | Chettinad Nandu Varuval

Crab masala fry Recipe is an excellent seafood delicacy cooked with a fragrant medley of spices making it an aromatic dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Author: Padma Veeranki


  • 1 Kg Crab cleaned and cut

Marinate & Cook:

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 3 Onions thinly sliced
  • 10-15 garlic cloves peeled
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves divided
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 2 Green chilies slit
  • 2 teaspoons Meat masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon whole pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Fennel seeds divided
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • Salt as required
  • Coriander chopped


  • Rub the crab pieces with a little salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  • Cover and cook them so they retain all the moisture.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp fennel seeds, let it lightly brown and then add sliced onions, peeled garlic and few curry leaves.
  • Now, add a little salt and sauté until onions turns translucent.
  • Add in ginger garlic paste and mix well.
  • Now, add chopped tomatoes and place the lid on to cook on a low heat until it turns mushy.
  • To this, add any meat masala powder and mix well.
  • Now, add in the cooked crab pieces, curry leaves, slit green chillies and mix well.
  • Crush 1 tsp each of fennel seeds and black pepper and add.
  • Sprinkle little water, adjust salt and cook on a medium heat for 5 -8 minutes. Cook until gravy thickens and the masala sticks to the crab pieces.
  • Add garam masala powder, mix & garnish with coriander and serve with rice.